Tips to Shorten Your Search for a New Horse


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Buying a horse can take a long time. You may find yourself looking at many horses for sale without coming across the horse that is right for you. Thankfully there are a number of ways to decrease the time it takes to find your new horse. Here are some tips to get you started.

Spread the Word

Networking is a powerful tool when it comes to buying a horse. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a horse, and give them an idea of the qualities you want in your new horse. You can never be sure of who might have a connection or know of someone selling a horse that could be your next equine partner.

Widen Your Search

Make a list of all of the venues you are using for your search, such as newspaper classifieds, online postings of horses for sale, and local equine publications. Think about what venues you might be missing, and then go out and check them for advertisements for horses for sale. Have you checked the bulletin boards at your local tack shop and feed and grain supplier? What about the bulletin boards at your veterinarian’s office?

Go Further

If you are restricting your search for a new horse to those located within a certain geographic location, you might consider widening that area. Looking at horses located a bit further away will increase the number of horses for sale that you can choose from. The perfect horse might be waiting just outside of your current geographic scope.

Increase Your Budget

If you are finding horses for sale that you like but that are listed as just outside your price range, you might consider increasing the amount that you are willing to spend to buy a horse. This is obviously dependent on whether you can financially afford a larger purchase price for the horse. Give some thought to the qualities that you are requesting in a new horse, and whether your budget is reasonable for a horse of that quality.

Consider a Lease

Horse shopping can take a long time, and you don’t want to settle on and buy a horse that isn’t just right for you. If you need a horse to ride immediately, such as for an upcoming show season, consider leasing a horse instead. A lease is a temporary situation which will give you a horse to ride and will take the pressure off of having to try to find the right horse to buy.

If your search for a new horse is going slowly, reevaluate how you are approaching buying a horse and what you can do to make that process more effective.

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