While different people will tell you varied ‘gospel’ things to do when going about buying a horse, we’ve got a list of things you should not do:
- Don’t consider inappropriate horses — write a checklist and stick to it.
- Don’t shop with your heart — although at times it’ll seem tricky, use your head and remain unemotional. It’ll pay off in the long run.
- Don’t get caught up in the hype — refer to your checklist again!
- Don’t buy the first horse you see. Unless you’re extremely lucky, the first horse you see will not be ‘the one’. It’s important to shop around so you see what’s out there, as well as getting a feel for the price that you should be expecting to pay.
- Unless you’re extremely experienced, don’t buy a horse that you can’t sit on or bridle yourself.
- Never buy a horse that scares you.
- Don’t buy horse that isn’t suitable — this goes back to being realistic about your capabilities as well as what you want to achieve.
- Don’t buy a horse unseen.
- Don’t part with money over the internet.
- Don’t agree to anything you’re not comfortable with — this includes feeling rushed into an agreement.
- Don’t get on a horse if you don’t feel confident and comfortable about doing so.
- Don’t buy a horse from a sale or market unless you are very experienced.
Once you are confident you have found a horse that suits your needs, we recommend getting the horse checked out by a vet.
Next step: The pre-purchase vetting