If you are looking for a horse or pony for sale, a horse trailer
or even an entire horse farm for sale, here are some tips to get
Buying a horse is a big event. There are so many important things
to consider that an impulsive buy is out of the question. Any would-be
equine owner must think about things like finding an appropriate
boarding stable and purchasing all the correct equipment you may
need. You should seek out other horse owners and speak to them.
As a start, the Internet offers a wealth of information. Your best
bet is to start a search for "How to buy a horse". This will bring
up many dedicated sites with in-depth guides, tips and FAQs on the
process of buying your own horse.
1. Be responsible for your purchase. Investigate what you are buying
and who you are buying from. It's better to buy from people who
are in the business and have lots of horses to choose from. If you
aren't an experience buyer it's too risky to buy from a private
individual. Get to know the horse's current owners. Ask for references.
Speak to others who've bought horses from the same sellers. Talk
to those who run boarding farms. What do they know? Do a lot of
2. It's up to you to ask questions, detailed questions, of the person
who has the horse for sale. Ask about the horse's health, training
history, personality and behaviour and anything else that could
be of interest. Reading up on horse-buying on the Internet or talking
to a horse-trainer or other knowledgeable contact can help you come
up with relevant questions.
3. Communicate your intended use of the horse. Make sure the current
owner knows what you want from a horse, otherwise you'll end up
with the horse they want to sell and not necessarily the one you
want to buy. You need to explain your intended use of the horse
so that you can discuss suitability with its previous owner. If
your interest is in breeding, then check the horse's pedigree papers
and competition history. If your interest is in dressage, then try
the horse out.
4. You should also look into getting a pre-purchase exam done. Make
sure there's a contract written and looked over by a lawyer. Normally
this is the seller's job, but have your own if required.
5. Invest in your own training as well as your horse's training.
Research, read. Find a trainer who works with horses and people.
The are many horse classifies online. You can search online directories
for horses for sale. You can browse horses for sale by breed, for
example, Arabian horse for sale or by area in which the seller is
located, for example, horse for sale in Texas.
About the Author
Dean Erickson. Journalist,
and web site builder Dean Erickson lives in Texas. He is the owner
and co-editor of horses-for-sale-directory.info on which you will
find a longer, more detailed version of this article.