When looking to purchase a horse, there are quite a few things to consider. While we are not going to cover everything you need to consider before buying a horse, we do want to shed light on a few aspects that are often looked over.
Are you experienced enough? This question is often not asked when someone has the desire to buy a horse. However, it is perhaps one of the most important. If the experience of riding and caring for an aminal is not there, improper care arises. Before buying a horse, take riding lessons, do research, and learn as much as you can about horses and the care they need.
When looking, focus on temperament. Having a well-mannered and well-behaved horse trumps one who is ill-mannered. Especially if you are a first-time buyer and are just now taking on this responsibility. As with temperament, comes the question of gelding or mare. A stallion should not be on your list. Stallions are better handled by learned professionals who are seasonsed with training and caring for horses.
When you have settled on a horse, always contact a veterinarian to perform a wellness check before you purchase. Doing so will give you an idea of how healthy the horse is and how they have been treated within the custody of the seller.
There are many more aspects to buying a horse, yet the above mentioned are often overlooked when making the decisions. Here at Middleton Equestrian Place, while we do not sell horses, we know that our trail rides are fun and may intrigue your children, or yourself, on purchasing a horse.
If that is the case, join us for more trail rides! We can't wait to see you!