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How to Buy a Horse.
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How to buy a horse? Club Cavallo Italia, the world of those who love horses and their elegance, we want to offer advice to those who, like us, love this extraordinary animal that is a horse (but we don’t like to call it an animal) and here we take care of how buy a horse. Enjoy the reading.
Buying a horse is a big investment, not just a cheap one, and having it requires time, a lot of time, money and a lot of effort but it will give you great, great satisfaction and here you can find our advice and our suggestions
To buy a horse you need to be sure that you have found the perfect one, suitable not only for you but also for other people who, maybe, will ride it but, above all, be suited to what you want to do.
Now let’s see how to buy a horse and, if you find the right one, you can have a long and happy relationship for both of you.
Let’s start with some firm and very important points on how to buy a horse to understand a horse’s commitment and the effect it will have on you and also on your family.
First and foremost, you need to be as sure as you want a horse and then get information at a riding school – better if you visit more than one – talking to trainers because they know the world of horses and they could be of great help.
They often know of customers who sell horses or are able to make you find particular horses.
You then need to know everything about a horse, including its health and first aid.
On the internet you will find everything you need to know: local laws and taxes, the responsibility to own a horse and so on.
Afer this you have to concentrate on what is near your home: riding stables, saddlery, feed stores, veterinarians and farriers, where is the horse hospital and where is the nearest horse ambulance.
A good veterinarian who knows the horse well is essential because he (or she) will also ask for advice and it will be necessary for you to visit the horse you want to buy before concluding with the seller.
Now we continue to discover how to buy a horse talking about costs
Now you have to calculate well how much you will pay for the sustenance of the horse: find out about the costs for the saddle, the bridle, the saddle cover, the halter, the bridle for the muzzle, the kit for the mane, etc.
Once the total has been made, provide extra maintenance and transport costs for your horse if you do not have a horse cart and, if you do not have the space to keep the horse where you live, add the costs of a box, a board in a riding school .
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Food, such as hay and other types of forage, regular veterinary visits, deworming, injections, visits of the farrier for knitting and trimming, emergency treatments, lessons, equipment and all medical examinations and necessary medicines.
Now you have to find a suitable place to hold your horse, that is a riding school, because keeping it where you live if you have the space is a choice that only those with experience can make and also for this research, if no one can advise you, on the internet you will find everything that your area has to offer.
Then visit the riding schools you have selected and ask for timetables, costs, food, discover the staff… how would you do if, instead of your horse, you would go there to live.
Choose one that meets the needs of the horse, especially in safety, and that makes you feel at ease with other people who attend the riding school.
Now you have to look for your horse
To continue and understand how to buy a horse it is advisable to make a list of the characteristics of the horse you are looking for.
How big it must be, sex, age, discipline and training, color, of course price, race and pedigree
Activate word of mouth, which is the best way to find it, with instructors, veterinarians, farriers and saddler owners who, in general, have many contacts with horse owners.
The next step is its evaluation
Here too it is necessary to compile a list of things that you will have to ask the owner, in order not to run the risk of forgetting some of them.
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Ask for confirmation of age, race, medical and competitive history and pedigree.
Don’t dwell on the reasons for the sale: they probably won’t be the real ones, but try to find them out by talking to other people who know both the horse and the owner.
It is instead very important to know the vices or bad habits of the horse such as biting, kicking, opposing or refusing, knowing the management of the horse up to that time and safety records such as the microchip.
Finally two other things: if the equipment is included or can be bought by the owner himself and if the horse has problems traveling, it is important if you want to participate in competitions.
Then make a final check: check through the Sports Federations if the victories the owner boasts are true and, if the horse is branded, he can check if it was stolen by looking in the database of stolen horses in your country.
Before buying it, visit the horse at least twice
At the first visit, try to arrive a little earlier than agreed to see how the horse is treated in the box.
Then ask to see him in different situations, depending on what you want to do with him and what the horse can do according to what the owner said.
For example, ask him to see it mounted by him, by a child, in traffic or in the fence or with other horses.
If you like the horse, pay a second visit, but bring a friend with experience or a professional with you.
Now we have arrived at the time of purchase of the Horse
Before paying, find a veterinarian who visits the horse. It’s expensive, but many insurance companies ask for a certificate.
It is important to know the horse’s diet up to that point because, if you want to change it, you will have to do it gradually in a week or two.
Now you and your horse have finally arrived at his new home
First of all you have to allow it to adapt to the new environment calmly and be careful when you approach it with other horses: it will take more than a week before it feels comfortable.
Give it space but, above all, don’t let it feel abandoned and never leave it alone.
Find him a friend, a cat, a goat… Horses are very sociable and it’s almost a crime not to let them socialize.
The (last) advices on how to buy a horse
Remember that buying a horse is not done in a day. It will take days, weeks or even months and not fall in love with the color of a horse because good and less good horses are of all colors, beauty counts for nothing if the horse is not suitable for you and only beautiful horses are also more expensive.
Have the horse fit by a friend or an instructor, people who can help you find the right one for you and, if you are looking for a soft ride, choose a short-crotch horse (the area between the ankle and the hoof) and a short low withers.
If you buy a horse for your child do not take it just because it is small but make sure it is well trained and suitable for a child and also remember that a good horse lives a long time.
Now, to finish on how to buy a horse, we conclude with what you need
First of all a great, immense desire to have a horse all for you and a deep passion for horses.
Parents or partners who want you to have a horse.
A quiet place to keep it, where the horse will not be bothered, fit to ride and friends for him.
Fodder and feeding equipment.
Complete equipment to mount it.
Kit for treating fur and mane.
A trainer or someone who knows the behavior of horses.
The economic availability to have and care for a horse.
A good vet and a good farrier.
Good. We arrived at the end of our tips on how to buy a horse and hope to have been useful to you.
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Some of our other advices
For your knowledge of the horse we invite you to read our books, of course on horses. A free abstract is available for each book. Enjoy the reading.
Come back and see us often. Your visit is always particularly welcome.
Each time you will read new news dedicated to that wonderful animal that is the horse (but we don’t like to call it an animal).
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