The Importance of Training When Buying a Horse


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When you start looking at horses for sale with plans of buying a horse of your own, you will face a major decision in terms of how much training you want your new horse to already have. While buying a horse with little training appeals to some riders, other riders may find the situation overwhelming. There are benefits to buying a highly trained horse, while there are also benefits to buying a young horse with minimal training. The following information will help you decide which method is best for you.

Required Skill

Before you consider buying a horse with little training on it, you should first consider whether you are capable of training the horse. Training a horse is an ongoing process, and putting basic training on a horse can take years. A new owner must be skilled enough to accomplish this training well, or must have access to ongoing help from a professional trainer or a horseperson experienced in training.

A Clean Slate

Riders who choose to buy a young, untrained horse often do so because the horse is essentially a clean slate at that point. A horse who has not been trained will not have been exposed to poor training methods and the new owner will not need to deal with bad habits that the horse has developed. Additionally, the owner can train the horse in the specific style and method that they prefer without needing to “undo” prior training to accomplish the task.

Time Investment

Training a horse takes significant time. If you’re looking for a horse that you can start competing with in the next few months, then buying a horse that needs significant training is not the best route to go. However, if you are looking to forge a long-term investment with your horse, then training him may be right for you.

Lower Cost

Horses with less training are generally offered for sale at a lower cost than highly trained horses. However, remember that you will not be immediately able to ride or compete with a horse that is not trained. Training requires time and sometimes money if you will be hiring a professional trainer. By the time you factor in the cost of caring for the horse while he is trained, you may find that you aren’t actually saving much money by training a horse yourself.

A Sense of Accomplishment

Many riders choose to train their own horses because of the sense of accomplishment that comes with seeing a horse through different levels of training. While the accomplishment of training a horse is great, it is also important to remember that you can find accomplishment with your new horse in many different ways, such as in achieving a goal you have set for yourself or putting additional training on your horse.

When looking at horses for sale, give careful consideration to how much training they have and to your ability to provide what further training may be necessary.

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