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Horse Purchasing Information Overview
Note: Unless you are highly qualified to inspect and purchase horses, do not try to purchase a horse or pony without the assistance of qualified trained professionals.
A wise, aged equestrian once said” Buying a horse is like rolling a large boulder up a steep hill. Everything is against you and if you’re not real careful, it can get ugly”. This may sound extreme, it is not. Every year thousands of hopeful but unprepared people purchase horses. Many of those people are injured and some are killed. The underlying reasons for these injuries and deaths is primarily Untrained and unqualified people. Owning a horse is not for everyone nor should it be. As frequently outlined in this and in other similar equestrian web sites are the overwhelming benefits related to horses. Understanding the problems is as important. Simply buying a horse based on childhood dreams about owning horses and wonderful adventures, is at best impractical and at worst dangerous. Equestrian lifestyles require a certain discipline, knowledge, commitment and expense. Employing discipline to the purchase of a horse can mean the difference to years of true enjoyment or months of misery. See if you don’t find the following guidelines helpful and also we also recommend the use those of other safety related equestrian sites. (See below)
Horse Purchasing Guidelines:
There are several levels of preparation for purchasing a horse.
1. Education. (See horse purchase links below)
a. Reading as much as you can about horses and horse related issues such as breeds, riding disciplines and styles.
b. Attending local equestrian shows. (This is also a good place to get information about horse. trainers and student instructors.
c. Google equestrian related subjects. (It beats watching TV!).
d. Discussing your interests with current horse owners.
e. Take riding lessons with a knowledgeable riding instructor.
f. Spend some time watching knowledgeable trainers handling and working with untrained horses.
g. Consider volunteering for a day (A month is better) at a local stable (Mucking out a stall helps many people make up their minds about horse ownership).
h. Familiarize yourself with horse adoption agencies.
2. Budgeting Decisions.
a Selecting a breed by need. (Breed Information)
b. Pure bred vs. mixed breeds. (Horse Breed Associations)
c. Leasing vs. Owning
d. Boarding vs. Onsite.
e. Schooling Horse and Owner.
f. Equipment needs
3. Assemble your “Horse Purchase Team”
(Florida Equine Trainers, Riding Instructors & Vets Contact Lists)
a. Finding a qualified trainer for your dream horse and an instructor (Not always the same person) for you is a critically important component. Take your time and be very discriminating in your selection!)
b. Finding a qualified large animal (Horse) vet.
4. Once you have determined your purchase / adoption requirements consult the following links and sites.