Are you thinking of buying a horse? Then there are guidelines that you should follow to make sure you buy a good horse without ever regretting it.
All horse lovers would like to have a horse. However, this animal requires a lot of time and money, and you will also need to consider the space needed for the horse to live and thrive! This is why it is important to think very well about deciding to buy a horse.
Here is some important information to consider before purchasing a horse:
Before buying a horse, you must make sure that it is in good health. To avoid unexpected veterinary expenses later, it is advisable to have an exam beforehand, even if the pre-purchase exam can be expensive. For example, you may find yourself not riding at the level you set due to issues with the horse’s health.
Be wary if the horse’s current owner offers to pay a veterinarian's medical examination, as you may not receive an objective opinion. Have your own veterinarian examine the horse. Talk to your vet to decide what tests to perform on the horse, and what you can avoid doing.
Usually pre-purchase exams may include checkups of the legs and joints, blood tests, x-rays and other general health indicators.
Enter into a contract with the Seller that allows you to take the horse home for a trial period.
Most Sellers are open to a trial period also for the horse’s benefit. A trial period will allow you to evaluate the horse's character, temperament, and habits, and you can then understand if it is the perfect horse for you. There may be traits of the horse that only come out when you bring it home, as a result of changes in the surroundings, stable and different people interactions.
Trial periods can last up to 6 months, but most Sellers prefer a shorter period of about 15-30 days. In addition to the written agreement, you must also obtain an equine insurance policy to cover accidents while the horse is in your care. Some horse owners may ask to view the place where you will keep the horse, others instead will only allow you to carry out the trial period at their own stables.
Decide on a budget to make sure you don't go overboard with all the expenses. The price of a horse will vary depending on the type you choose and they type or riding you will do. If you plan to only hack for leisure and compete in small local events, you can find a good horse even under 2 thousand euros (approx $2,200). If, on the other hand, you need a performance horse, from which you may also want to make money by competing, you will surely have to spend more money, and your instructor will certainly be able to help you with your choice. Always keep in mind that your first horse can also be an "entry-level" to understand if the world of horses is truly your passion.
Finally, ask the horse owner if the price is negotiable. In this case, try to get as close as possible to what you think is the correct price to buy a horse.
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