If you want to buy your own horse, you need a lot of stamina and patience. Already rummaging through sales ads and regular check-in at dealers and breeders takes a lot of time. If a first preselection has been made, the adventure of buying a horse really gets going: To personally convince yourself of the condition, rideability and character of the future companion, you should definitely arrange an appointment for the rehearsal and then only afterwards for or against the Decide purchase.
So that you know, how the first visit to the seller expires and what you have to look out for the potential dream horse, we have put together tips for you to prepare.
Extensive preparation is mandatory
To get to know the horse in peace, you should allow enough time for the preparation. If you already have the next appointment in mind and watch the clock every five minutes, you can not give the horse the attention it deserves. The same applies to the seller: If he leads you the animal in a hurry and puts you in the trial under pressure, you should be suspicious. A keeper who has nothing to hide and wants to sell his protégé in good hands, will present you the horse extensively and answer your questions gladly.
The overall impression is important
Of course, the main purpose of the preparation is to get to know the potential dream horse and to personally convince oneself of the training level and the special abilities of the animal. In addition, as an interested party you should also deal with the stable business and check under what conditions the horse lives.
Are the individual boxes clean and in good condition? Does every animal get the space it needs? Does the stable have a happy bustle and do the other horses have a satisfied impression? If you can not answer these questions unambiguously with “yes”, you should reconsider the purchase of horses at this provider. For example, a dirty barn does not only cause unpleasant odors, but can also cause hoof and respiratory problems.
In addition, there are always dubious traders who offer hard to place animals. With the help of simple tricks, they keep the horses calm and ensure exemplary behavior during the trial. The new owners often experience a nasty surprise after the purchase of the horse. To make sure that you are dealing with a reputable supplier, you can ask for references and ask other buyers about their experiences.
When cleaning and saddle be there
Trials involve much more than a five-minute gallop over the riding arena. Finally, you want to get a holistic picture and find out if the chemistry between horse and rider is right.
So that you get an impression of how the horse behaves in everyday life, you should get it together with the owner of the paddock and ask if you can help with cleaning, bridles and saddles. In this way, you will quickly realize whether the horse is well behaved or does not miss any opportunity to fool one’s character.
When cleaning, you can also see the horse up close and feel important parts of the body like back or legs. If the animal is convulsing on certain touches or you notice something unusual, it is advisable to ask the owner. As part of a later purchase investigation you may also like to consult the veterinarian.
Let the seller ride ahead
If the horse has been soberly cleansed and saddled, one can hardly wait to finally swing on horseback and ride off. Nevertheless, for your own safety, you should wait a while and give priority to the current owner. Because no matter how nice and trusting the horse, the true character is often felt in the saddle. Anyone who notices that the horse is difficult to control and react moodily to the rider’s instructions should consider carefully whether a test ride really makes sense or exceeds one’s own abilities.
In Vorreiten you can also get a good overview of the current level of education of the animal. In addition to the usual basics, you should also have special lessons to show, which are essential for your future cooperation with the horse. Critically observe whether the animal masters both basic and advanced exercises. If individual lessons are not performed at all or only on one hand, you should inform the rider and kindly ask for an explanation.
Also, pay attention to the general state of mind of the horse: if it distracts quickly or reacts in some situations frightfully, this indicates a more difficult character. On the other hand, if the animal has a highly concentrated impression and works diligently, one can interpret this as a positive sign.
Concentrate on the tried and tested while trying out
After you have convinced yourself of the horse’s abilities, you can finally try a proberit yourself. A little bit of excitement is natural. Therefore, you should take it easy and first develop a feel for the horse in the first rounds on the riding arena. If I feel safe to you, you can go through all the basic gaits in turn and then concentrate on special lessons that are important to you. You should better avoid experiments. Horses are very sensitive and notice quickly when you feel insecure and lose control of the situation. Therefore, stay with the tried and true. You can still train complex processes if you have got to know the horse extensively and can assess his behavior. Much more important than extravagant feats is a coherent chemistry between horse and rider. If you feel well on horseback and if the animal adapts to your specifications, the signs of successful cooperation are good.
To see how the horse responds to different environmental stimuli, you can ask the seller for a short ride into the terrain. In order to avoid bad surprises, you should get informed in advance about all the peculiarities of the animal and ask the owner to accompany you on a second horse or bike.
Preparation: You always see each other twice
Buying a horse is a highly emotional topic. If you fell in love with the horse during the preparation, you often want to take it home right away.
In order to get a realistic picture of the animal, however, you should arrange one or two more viewing appointments and be accompanied by a neutral and competent person. When you first meet the potential dream horse, you are usually excited and can quickly overlook smaller or larger animal species.
Getting to know each other often only takes place on the second and third visit. To experience the horse in a situation that is as true to life as possible, you should pick it up at the following meeting independently from the pasture or from the stable and brush and saddle by yourself. In this way, you quickly realize whether you can handle the horse alone or mutates it in your presence to the stubborn donkey.
Especially for weaker riders, one or two more visits before buying a horse are especially important. At the first viewing appointment you swing into the saddle only after the preparation of the breeder or trader – then the horse is already ridden and accordingly easy going. If the animal, however, comes directly from the paddock or from the stable, it may have to let off steam first and wants to really accelerate. Some beginners realize only then that the potential dream horse can not lead as easily as originally assumed.
Without trial, no horse purchase
Unfortunately one hears again and again, that prospective customers want to forego the preparation or exclusively friends and acquaintances want to be preceded. You should absolutely refrain from this. If the horse shows up smoothly at the seller or a good friend and at its best, that is no guarantee that you will be able to cope with the animal without any problem. If you are not ready to sit up and start a few laps on the riding arena, you should reconsider the purchase of your own horse and possibly postpone it to a later date.