When you decided to buy a horse, you are ultimately making a choice to leave the worldyou once knew behind and you enter “the horse world”. Yup, scary big place with lots of different opinions.
What worked for one horse, may never work for another. You never stop learning, whether that be from the equine or human kind. At the end of the day, If a horse is fed, loved, healthy and safe, does it really matter what someone else is doing with their horse? I would think not.
One thing equines can agree on is how to go about purchasing a new or first horse. No equine will ever tell you safety doesn’t matter. It’s not about colour or breed but suitability and practicality.
Rider suitability is huge, no one is going to look down on you for buying a beginners horse when you are, in fact, learning. Buying a horse above your capability can just be dangerous ( talking from experience!). As mentioned above, leave your options open. Sometimes the horse you want and the horse you need are two very different things. Maybe right horse, just not right now. Colour of a horse won’t keep you safe nor will a pretty face. Buying a horse is a huge responsibility. Prepare yourself as much as you can. Owning horses is a learning curve. Everyday I learn something new.
Online horse communities are fantastic for advice and learning about different horse associated issues. ‘When buying a new/ first horse, what are some important things you look for? What advice would you give to someone?’. Below is a list of advice from the lovey ladies that contributed.
Take an experienced horse person with you to look at the horse. Do not buy the first horse you see. Don’t look only at pretty coloured horses, cause a good horse is a good horse…..and the colour doesn’t matter. Be realistic about your knowledge and skill base (don’t take on more than you can handle). DO NOT buy your first horse from a dogger pen at the sale yard. Buy a been there, done that, easy to keep horse, who has proven he will ensure that you totally enjoy the “first horse” experience. Plenty of time later on to take on a challenge. – Kathryn See
Always look at feet and legs first, then body, neck and head. Definitely take an experienced person with you. Also, don’t focus on breed. You see so many people asking “whats a good first horse for a beginner” and so many will say stay away from this horse or get this horse and you never know, a TB could be the perfect horse. Focus on suitability rather than breed. – Leah Leviston
Safety safety safety!!!! In a first horse that is what counts! Did i mention it needs to be safe??- Donella Boyd
Before even looking at horses you need to write down the list of things you HAVE to have in the horse (things like temperament, education, etc) a list of things you would LIKE to have in the horse (colour, breed, size, etc) always make sure you tick all the boxes in the have to list.
So many times I see inexperienced people getting bamboozled by the ‘pretty’ horse and end up buying one that looks pretty but is totally outside of their own capabilities and needs.
Getting someone experienced with both horses and the buyers capabilities is a good thing too and actually listen to them, yes it’s your money but they have the knowledge here. -Simone Hart
Know what your after temperament, education etc not just go by the oh look pretty horse. Take someone experienced never ride the horse first get the owner to then your experienced friend. Ask as many questions as you can to find out everything. Research the seller if possible for any good/bad information on them. – Rachel Walton
I love that in a world where everyone’s opinion is different, as you can see from the above, we all band together and support one another. Safety is paramount. If in doubt, never be scared to ask questions. Most importantly, Enjoy your new lifelong friend!
I can’t thank everyone enough who participated in this post. Incredible.
If you have any stories about buying your first horse, I would love to hear them! Pop me a comment!