Traits to Look for in Your Next Show Horse


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When looking at show horses for sale with plans of buying your next show horse, you will be looking for a very specific set of characteristics. Make sure that you consider these following characteristics when you buy your new show horse.

Proven Show Record

Most of the time, you will be looking for a horse who has already proven himself in the competition ring. Unless you’re looking at a young prospect horse, any show horse should have some sort of existing show record.

When you examine the show record of a sale horse, think about how the horse’s experience will complement your own competition goals. Has the horse competed in shows that are close to or above the level that you will be competing at? Has he proven himself well in competition?

Desirable Discipline Traits

Every discipline values particular traits, so it’s difficult to say exactly what you should look for in your show horse. It’s important, however, to be familiar with what traits will help you to win in your discipline, and to be able to recognize those traits in a sale horse. If you can’t do this, then be sure to bring along a trainer experienced in the discipline who can recognize these traits for you.

Potential Competition Abilities

In most cases, you won’t want to buy a horse who can only take you through competition for a year or so. You will want a horse you can compete with for at least a few years, so it’s important to consider the potential for the horse’s future competition career when you buy a horse.

When considering the horse’s potential competition future, think about his age and any physical issues that he may have. A pre-purchase exam may provide insight in this situation. You will also want to consider the horse’s past experience, both in terms of training and competition. If the horse was broken to saddle young and started jumping high at a young age, he will be at an increased risk of arthritis and other issues. On the other hand, if the horse was trained at a later age and hasn’t been heavily campaigned, he may have many more years of competition in his future.

Match with Your Riding Style

Lastly, it’s vital that your show horse is a great match with your own riding style. Some horses and riders just don’t mesh, but if you’ll be competing on a regular basis, it’s so important that you and your horse work together well as a pair.

Looking at a horses for sale horses for sale and buying a new show horse are exciting experiences. Hopefully you find that partner who will accompany you to shows for years to come.

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