Even though shopping for a new horse is an extremely exciting event, it can be a very stressful and overwhelming endeavour if you don’t know where to start. Here are some key tips to help you choose the right horse for you.
What Kind of Rider Are You?
Are you an experienced or novice rider? This is often quite a difficult question for people to answer. Be honest about your skill set. It is vital to share your experience level with your agent. Don’t be embarrassed and let your ego get in the way – this can be a very dangerous game to play and will not do you, or the horse that you are trying, any favours. Being honest will save you time and keep you safe.
Type of Horse
Find a horse that suits your personality and brings the best out of you as a rider. Do you enjoy a gentle, sweet soul or do you love a spunky little fire cracker? Do you need a schoolmaster to teach you the ropes, or a young horse to produce up the grades?
What Discipline Do You Take Part In?
Your chosen discipline is a very important factor to consider when choosing a horse. Things to consider include:
Breed of horse: Though most horses can do most disciplines, choosing a horse which is bred for the job will make your life much easier.
Conformation: A horse which has a natural “build” for the task at hand will not only make the job seem easier but also increase longevity in your chosen field (pardon the pun).
Attitude towards the job: Some horses absolutely love what they do and a horse with a big heart and willingness to help will make a fantastic partner. Many horses just don’t enjoy some disciplines, they can get bored or overwhelmed.
It’s always good to have someone you trust to help you choose a steed. Take someone to help you make an informative decision and who has your best interest at heart.
What Are Your Goals and Ambitions?
Know what you want from your new partner. Do you want to be the best Sunday hacker or end up on the podium at Derby? That being said; be sure to make your biggest ambition to love riding your new horse.
Know Your Budget
Be careful not to blow your budget. Knowing how much you can afford to pay for your horse can save you a lot of heartache. Don’t try a horse that is completely out of your price bracket. Not only is this a bad idea financially, but it also ends up wasting the time of all parties involved.
Try as Many Horses as You Can
If you try several horses, you will be able to compare how each horse made you feel. It will help you make up your mind. Make a list of pros and cons of each horse. Do your own research and double check the horse’s track record.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Wishing you the best of luck in this incredible adventure.