So the horse she buys had 30 days training put on it 3 years ago and has been a broodmare ever since. DUMB!! So the people who sold the horse to her said they would happily put another 30 days on the horse for her, which I know the people and Thank heavens they are actually HONEST horse people, but still. She never rode the horse, tested it out, nothing!! Which is the same thing that happened when she bought her other horse who hurt her! WHY?
Why do inexperienced horse people do this??? Why do they take horses at face value??? There is so much to buying a horse it is not funny! Just because it looks like a Mercedes on the outside doesn't mean the engine isn't that of Dodge Dart.
So it is what it is... She is going to do what she wants and has already bought the horse, BUT, here are a few tips for the rest of us when it comes to buying...
- PRE-Purchase EXAM!!!!! Get a Vet to tell you what how your "Engine" works. And that it functions PROPERLY!!!! No Lameness, health problems, Etc.
- Show up a few minutes EARLIER than your scheduled time. You want to know what they're doing to the horse before you get there. IE: DRUGS!
- Take a trainer or experienced rider with you, for help or a second opinion. A second set of eyes is a HUGE help.
- See the horse be lunged or work at liberty with NO tack on.
- Have the owner ride the horse FIRST. Then you can get on. And ALWAYS ride it!
- Do some in hand work with it to see how it's ground manners are.
- Look at the tack that is being used. Harsh bits, Tie Downs, and other "devices."
- Question EVERYTHING you want to know or don't understand.
- Find out what it eats and how it lives. Easy keeper? Hard Keeper? Stall? Pasture?
- Is it Up to date on everything? And what was given?
- Talk to other people at the same barn as the horse seller. Get their take on the horse.
- MAKE sure the horse will and can perform to your abilities safely and for the appropriate discipline. If you want a trail horse then don't settle for just an "arena" horse.
- Go out and ride the horse TWICE. To make sure the horse is consistent.