Thursday, January 30, 2014

Horse shopping?

When I was "horse shopping" I knew I wanted a horse for life, not just for a certain time period. It had to be the "right one". After looking at some that were advertised and seeing horses that should have been rather "rescued" instead of "bought" and being completely different from what I had expected based on the ad I compiled a list of questions which I then sent to any sellers (by email) that had horses for sale that caught my eye. 
I told the seller when sending it that I would like for them to answer the questions, apologized for the length of the list but that I was trying to ensure that this horse was indeed something I would be interested in and that by filling out the list they could prevent both me and them wasting their time if the horse turned out not to be what I was looking for based on the anwers. So they all happily filled it out for me. 
I also took the list with me when going to see a horse and had my daughter additional info that we found out after talking to the seller in person or saw when viewing the horse. 
I always took the camera and took pictures and video taped the horse in all gaits on the lunge line or in the roundpen and also under saddle. And No. 1 rule - NEVER get on a horse if the seller doesn't get on and ride first! 

So here are my personal "horse shopping lists" (one for mare and one for gelding)

Gelding

AGE
HEIGHT?
WEIGHT?
AGE WHEN GELDED?
WHERE BOUGHT?
HOW MANY PREVIOUS OWNERS?
WHEN BOUGHT?
WHY BOUGHT?
REGISTERED?
SIRE?
DAM?
TEMPERAMENT?
LEADER OR FOLLOWER when riding with others?
SUBMISSIVE or DOMINANT(with other horses/people)?
RANK IN HERD?
RESPECTFUL?
WHATS THE WORST THING HE DOES?
VICES?
BUCK?
REAR?
BITE?
KICK?
FOOD AGGRESSIVE?
SPOOKS? AT WHAT?
CAN BE TOUCHED EVERYWHERE?
EASY TO CATCH/HALTER WHEN IN PASTURE?
PICK UP EACH FOOT WITHOUT PROBLEMS?
MOVES WHILE MOUNTING?
GOOD WITH FARRIER?
SHOES OR BAREFOOT?
BATHING?
KICK STALL?
CRIB?
CHEW WOOD?
PAW?
DOES WELL WITH OTHER HORSES, GELDINGS, MARES?
DOGS?
CHILDREN?
VEHICLES/ALONG ROADS?
NEEDS TO BE LUNGED BEFORE RIDING -AFTER A BREAK (COLD BACK)?

                                                  TRAINING
WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING, METHODS?
RIDDEN ENGLISH/WESTERN?
RESPONSE TO CUES?
BROKE AT WHAT AGE?
WHAT TYPE OF RIDING, ARENA, TRAIL, DISCIPLINE?
RIDDEN NEAR ROADS?
COMPETITIONS?
BEEN THROUGH WATER?
WHAT TYPE OF BIT?
RECENTLY BEEN RIDDEN?
HOW OFTEN?
RIDDEN BY CHILDREN AND/OR BEGINNERS?


HEALTH
ANY ILLNESS/INJURY HISTORY?
ANY ALLERGIES?
HISTORY OF LAMENESS?
COLIC?
FEED, HAY, SUPPLEMENTS? WHAT & HOW MUCH?
LOADING?
RIDING IN TRAILER?
LAST VET CHECK?
SHOTS?
COGGINS?
WORMED? HOW OFTEN? WHEN LAST TIME?
TEETH FLOATING? EVER DONE/WHEN LAST TIME?
ANY HISTORY OF GENETIC DISEASES (HYPP/PSSM ETC.) IN HORSE OR SIRE/DAM?


Mare

AGE
HEIGHT?
WEIGHT?
WHERE BOUGHT?
HOW MANY PREVIOUS OWNERS?
WHEN BOUGHT?
WHY BOUGHT?
REGISTERED?
SIRE?
DAM?
TEMPERAMENT?
LEADER OR FOLLOWER when riding with others?
SUBMISSIVE or DOMINANT(with other horses/people)?
WHATS THE WORST THING SHE DOES?
VICES?
BUCK?
REAR?
BITE?
KICK?
MOODY?
EASY TO CATCH/HALTER WHEN IN PASTURE?
PICK UP EACH FOOT WITHOUT PROBLEMS?
MOVES WHILE MOUNTING?
GOOD WITH FARRIER?
SHOES OR BAREFOOT?
BATHING?
KICK STALL?
CRIB?
CHEW WOOD?
PAW?
DOES WELL WITH OTHER HORSES (MARES/GELDINGS)?
DOGS?
CHILDREN?
VEHICLES/ALONG ROADS?

                                                  TRAINING
WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING, METHODS?
RIDDEN ENGLISH/WESTERN?
RESPONSE TO CUES?
BROKE AT WHAT AGE?
WHAT TYPE OF RIDING?
RIDDEN NEAR ROADS?
COMPETITIONS?
BEEN THROUGH WATER?
WHAT TYPE OF BIT?
RECENTLY BEEN RIDDEN?
HOW OFTEN?
RIDDEN BY CHILDREN AND/OR BEGINNERS?


HEALTH
ANY ILLNESS/INJURY HISTORY?
ANY ALLERGIES?
HISTORY OF LAMENESS?
COLIC?
FEED? WHAT & HOW MUCH?
LOADING?
RIDING IN TRAILER?
SHOTS?
COGGINS?
WORMED? WHEN?
TEETH FLOATING? EVER DONE/WHEN LAST TIME?
CAN BE RIDDEN AFTER A LONGER BREAK WITHOUT PROBLEM?
NEEDS TO BE LUNGED BEFORE RIDING (COLD BACK)?
ANY HISTORY OF GENETIC DISEASES (HYPP/PSSM ETC.) IN HORSE OR SIRE/DAM?
HAS THE HORSE BEEN TESTED FOR GENETIC DISEASES (5 PANEL TEST)?

You may have something else to add the list - Please comment on this post if you have any suggestions!
But remember - be careful what you wish for! 
I wanted a horse that was "not boring" and I got EXACTLY what I asked for! 
Boy is he ANYTHING but boring!! :)

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