Never Buy a Horse Without Getting This Information

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Are you looking at horses for sale with the plans of buying a new horse? There is some standard information that you will always want to get when looking at a horse for sale, but buyers don’t always readily present the information unless you specifically ask for it. Here’s what you need to know about each horse that you’re thinking about buying.

Availability of Registration Papers

A horse may be presented for sale as a purebred, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the horse has been registered. Find out if the horse is registered, if registration papers are available, and if those papers will be transferred to you if you buy the horse.

History of Previous Injuries

Previous injuries can have a major effect on a horse’s potential future use, and you should always make a point of specifically asking if the horse has sustained prior injuries. If x-rays or other tests have been performed, horse owners will sometimes provide these to potential buyers to help detail the injury. It never hurts to ask about a horse’s physical issues, and you can always have a pre-purchase exam performed to gain additional insight.

Current Activity Level

It would be a mistake to buy a horse without having any knowledge of what his current activity level is. A horse who is used to being ridden one weekend a month will need a very different approach than a horse who is ridden an hour a day, five days a week. Make sure that you understand the horse’s activity level and physical condition so that you can anticipate just what you’ll be able to do with the horse if you should buy him.

Behavioral Quirks and Vices

Every horse has his own unique set of character quirks. Asking the seller to disclose any quirks or habits that a horse has can help you to better understand him and to develop a good method of working with the horse. Additionally, it’s important to ask the seller about any behavioral issues the horse may have, such as rearing or bucking. Taking the time to ask about a horse’s behavior could help you avoid potential injury later on.

Current Feeding Program

A horse who is on a diet consisting only of hay will act very differently if put on a high-protein grain-based diet. Be sure to ask a horse’s owner what the horse is being fed, since it can play into the horse’s disposition and energy level.

When looking at horses for sale, be sure to ask as many questions as you need to in order to have a thorough understanding of whether the horse could be a good match.

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