Purchase the Right Horse for You

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There are many horses available “cheap” in the current economic climate. Cheap horses are often misunderstood as good bargains. There are many cheap horses, but very few bargains.

Horses take a considerable amount of time to train, if you do not have the time to devote to this effort or pay for a trainer, get one that is ready to perform now. Horse value is mostly based on the training level.

A safe, enjoyable horse should:

  1. Be caught easily
  2. Stand quietly for haltering, saddling, and bridling
  3. Lead willingly, back when asked (without a fight)
  4. Stand tied, quietly
  5. Allow you to handle and pick out all four feet
  6. Stand for mounting (on a slack rein if possible and without fidgeting after the rider has mounted)
  7. Walk, trot, canter, etc. on a slack rein
  8. Perform upwards and down transitions with body cues or minimal rein pressure
  9. Back willingly under saddle
  10. Stop in balance (on hindquarters)