Now that you know what you need to look for when buying a horse, here are the things to avoid. There are quite a few mistakes that first-time buyers make when purchasing a horse that they need to consider.
When it’s the right breed and you like how it looks, what people often forget to look at is whether or not it is trained. If you are used to training a horse, there is no problem with this, but an untrained human should get a horse that will tell it what to do! All jokes aside, though, if you aren’t used to training this type of animal, get one that already is because this is not like training other house pets – you could get seriously injured if you upset it.
Because of this, considering an older horse could be good. They are not necessarily less fit, and since they are used to being around people, they may be much less stressed and in the habit of taking on the work you require it to do. They are also very easy to walk when they are seniors, too, and have better temperaments. And, if you are buying a horse for your child, try to stay away from the younger ones. The last thing you need is an excited large beast around your young one. A more mature horse, even if it may die sooner, will hurt your child less than the one that could push your kid over and make it fall. Even if the horse does not intend to hurt her or him, it could accidentally send your child to the hospital.
Do not buy on impulse, either. Auctions are great for that, on top of selling horses while they are drugged to keep them calm. There is nothing good about this if you don’t have training to know how to notice symptoms or drugged horses. Furthermore, one needs to get to know the horse first. It always helps to see if you feel that you can handle it, and that your personalities match well. If you can, ask for a trial period. Most want their horses to go to a good home and would prefer that over not knowing how their old friends end up.
If you are still unsure of how to do it, do not breed your horse. Nothing is worse than having two when you are still trying to handle one animal. Also, if you believe that you will be taking part in jumping competitions within a few months, think again. Not only is a beginner not qualified to know which type of horses are best for this sort of task, but you still don’t know how. You may not even like it. So, try to keep it as a pet for now, or take riding and jumping lessons first.
Lastly, you need to know how to care for it well before buying it. This is something that requires a lot of time and hard work. Think of it as owning a cow. You can’t leave a horse alone more than a day at home like a cat or, depending on the breed, like a dog.