Recently, I published an article called Before Buying a Horse, You Must Consider…, which provided information on what to look for, and how to size up the good and the not so good points of a horse that you need to consider before buying one. I would like to walk you through the next step; hence, part two.
If you have taken an interest in a particular horse, and the horse is of riding age, you should always sit on their back and see what they have to offer. Expectations will differ according to your needs as far as your intentions for each horse you purchase. For instance, if you are looking for a trail horse, he or she should be easy to work around, easy to brush and pick out the feet, and easy to put the saddle and bridle on them. Trail horses should be easy to mount and dismount and should have a pleasant attitude towards people. Also you want a trail horse to be eager and willing to go wherever you ask without question or hesitation. Always keep your demands within reason.
If you are looking for a horse that you have intentions of showing, the requirements are different. Show horses should have good confirmation, preferably a smart looking head, have good feet, and be good movers. Good movers should be pleasing to the eyes as you watch them move. A good mover should look like a well oiled machine as you watch them walk, trot and canter, or walk, jog and lope. Show horses should be light in the mouth, (meaning easy to control), and well behaved at all times. Very nervous horses usually have a hard time with being shipped and taken to strange and different places on a regular basis. Also, they need to have a pleasant attitude toward people as well as toward other horses. Sometimes the show ring can become a very crowded place. The color of your horse is not as important, as everyone has their preferences as far as color and breed.
There are many types of horses and breeds. I have chosen the above categories because they are the most popular in the minds of new horse owners. This is where I started and throughout the years, as I grew, I ventured out into the world of Thoroughbred race horses. Try to stick with the breed that interests you the most. Quarter Horses for example, in my experience have always been very quiet, very nice to ride, and easy keepers, meaning it takes a small amount of grain and hay in order to keep them at a good weight. Thoroughbreds, on the other hand, usually are higher strung, a bit more difficult overall, and need far more grain in order to keep a good healthy weight on them. The different breeds are many, and each one has their own unique characteristics. The possibilities are endless as is the undying love and caring that many of us feel for these animals, as well as the endless thoughts and experiences I have yet to venture upon with you. I know how hard it is for a horse crazed person that can hardly wait another moment until they have their very own horse, but you must be patient. Take your time as there are many horses out there, and instinctively, you will know when you meet the right one.