There is a lot to think about before purchasing your first horse. It’s a considerable investment for a lot of people, and you want to make sure you’re getting the right fit for your family and the horse. Dynamite Riding Academy has put together this guide to help you find the perfect horse for you!
- Research – talk to people. Start with your instructor. Ask what they would recommend for you and your needs. Ask other horse friends what they think would be a good horse for you. Make sure to tell them your history with horses. Have you had lessons? If so, what kind and for how long? Is the horse just for you or do you have kids that will be riding too? Head over to google and check out different breeds of horses.
- If you aren’t taking weekly lessons, start now. You will need to know how to handle your horse.
- Figure out your financial situation and if you can really afford everything that comes with a horse. Maybe once you look at all the costs you decide leasing a horse or joining DRA’s co-op is more for you. Expenses can include board, lessons, competitions, Ferrier, vet, tack/equipment, feed/supplements, bedding, and other miscellaneous costs that tend to pop up when least expected.
- Found a potential horse? What should you look for:
Size – can you mount and dismount with ease? Where do your feet hang?
Breed – of course, DRA thinks you should get an Arabian, but we know breeds are different so make sure you find the one that’s right for you!
Age/Experience – find a horse that has the experience you want. Do you want to compete? Find one that has shown. An old mare may seem best but if she’s never been trained now is not the time to start!
Gelding or Mare – Geldings tend to be less moody and more reliable.
- Go meet the horse! If possible, take someone with you like your riding instructor or a trusted friend with equine experience. Be sure to handle the horse on the ground. How does the horse react? Are they calm? Will they let you approach and remain calm for grooming? Ask the seller to ride first. If they won’t, it may be a red flag. Make sure to ask about the horse’s history. Trust your gut on the seller and horse.
- Lastly, buy your horse! Be sure to have a vet check out your horse before finalizing the sale.
Get your printable Guide to Buying a Horse to keep track of your notes and options!