Buying a dressage horseBuying a good dressage horse can be a very time consuming endeavor, with all the different horse breeds and skills to choose from. The more you become familiar with the process of buying and selling dressage horses , the better your chances will be to end up with the horse to fit your needs.
There are many avenues to look for the horse you want, like a local barn, tack shops, newspaper classifieds, and now you can go online and look through thousands of horse for sale classifieds. Take your time and don't get to overwhelmed. If you make the selection process in a hurry, you might make an unwise purchase.
Plan to take from one month to one year to find your ideal dressage horse. Understandably, if you are without a dressage horse, one year mite sound like a very long time, but you can use this time to become more knowledgeable about what you want by taking lessons.
The first thing you must determine is what you really want from a horse, and to what extent you will be using him/her. Will the horse be a trustworthy companion or wonderful Dressage prospect?
Buy taking the time and comparing the different classified ads presented to you, will help determine your priorities. Be sure to use the advanced search features each online classified horse website has to offer, this will help you to narrow down your search results.
Once you have found the horse you want, its always a good idea to get a professional opinion when you are buying a horse . Whether or not you use an agent to help you select your horse, you should always have a basic veterinary pre-purchase exam performed. When you seek out professional advice, pay for it and then listen to it! When your instructor or veterinarian cautions you about a horse, it is for a reason. When seeking advice, it is best to a well-respected professional that has no vested interest in the horse sale .
Here is a breakdown of what to look for when a dressage horse is for sale:
- does the horse fit your needs
- what skills does the horse possess
- does the horse have a good temperament
- do comparisons of other similar horses
- does the horse fit the selling price
- get professional advice
- are there any lessons with the sale
- take sure to have pre-purchase vet exam
- can you afford the upkeep on a horse (such as boarding, feed, and veterinary care.)
Stay focused. Keep in mind that you are selecting a dressage horse for a particular reason or desired skill. There are many decisions and compromises lying ahead, so it helps if you set your priorities clearly at the outset.
If the overall purpose of the horse is to teach you how to ride rather than to carry you to the winner's circle, then the selection process will emphasize different traits to fit your needs.
If the horse is intended to be a long-term project rather than a stepping stone, you may need to invest more time, effort, and money in your purchase. Remember to take your time and use the tools at your disposal, such as online horse classifieds, you will thank yourself in the end.