I really hope this post helps one of my readers or someone they know! With experience in buying a horse for the first time and that ending up not-so-great, I know a decent amount of things you should not do.
- DON’T pick the first horse you ride. Even if you know deep down that it is THE horse and no other horse will compare, ride at least 3-5 other horses just to be sure you found everything you want. If you do end up with the first horse, wonderful. But at least you explored multiple options.
- Buy only must-haves. Such as a halter and a lead rope. I know there’s other stuff you have to have, but don’t go buy a stable sheet and not use it properly. I bought a very nice SmartPak stable sheet, and used it as a turnout. Moral of the story, I thought it was cute, but I did not have to have it and I definitely did not use it for its purpose.
- Know what discipline you’d like to do. When I was searching for a horse, I had no clue what I wanted to do. I also bought the one and only horse I rode. So, I bought a horse that didn’t have a job, and I didn’t have a discipline either. Basically I just bought a horse to sit on.
- DON’T purchase a horse that you will not have the experience for. Know yourself. If you are an inexperienced rider just starting out, buy a beginner-friendly horse.
- DON’T do it all alone. Get help. If you aren’t sure of the horse’s potential or sure if it’s a good fit, ask someone to check the horse out with you. A second set of eyes is good. For example, say there’s a nasty scar on the horse’s barrel that you hadn’t noticed, it could be a huge deal! That second person may see it before you do.
There are many, many first-time do nots, I picked my personal top five. If y’all have any other first-time don’ts either from experience or common sense, leave it in the comments!
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*These are my opinions and my personal opinions only. I do not claim that these are all you should base your decisions off of, nor do I suggest you solely base your decisions off this post.