Horse Buying Tips

Learn some horse buying tips here!

Horseriding is still a popular hobby that is enjoyed by many people today. Men, women, and children all enjoy saddling up and riding a good saddle horse. A good saddle horse is a horse that is comfortable with a saddle on its back. It is gentle in nature and in good health condition. Other horses are used for breeding, working, for show, or for sports purposes, but a saddle horse is used for the express purpose of riding. It is probably not able, because of its size, bone structure, or low amount of muscle mass, to perform in energy-sapping sports events, or to work hard.

There are many different breeds of horses. They vary in size, colors, and disposition. The type of horse you need for riding will have to have the ability to carry a rider your size, ride for long periods of time, will be healthy and sound, and will have a cooperative disposition. You will need to be able to communicate well with the horse that you choose. Some horses get nervous easily, while others have their own habits, such as bucking, stopping suddenly, etc., which make them undesirable as saddle horses. Some horses are spirited and need to be run in order to use up their pent-up energy. Of course, these horses are not suitable for the casual rider.

The older the horse the more calm it usually is. It is not a good idea to start out with a young horse as it will be full of energy, completely full of spunk, and probably not broken in well enough yet for a rider yet. Consider choosing an older horse that is five years old or older. Consider choosing one that has been trained and used as a saddle horse. By that age, the horse should be gentler, more experienced, and trained to do what a rider might want and expect the horse to do.

Be sure to check any horse that you are considering buying or using as a riding horse for the right size. Watch carefully how the horse reacts to a saddle, whether it its jumpy or fidgety or easily frightened and upset. The horse for your should be calm and cooperative during the entire saddling procedure. The horse should be halter broken too.

After the horse is saddled, climb up into the saddle and get a good feel for the size of the horse. You should be able to mount the horse in one smooth move, and not have to crawl up. Then, you should feel comfortable in the saddle. Try to choose a horse that has a long back and flat sides for a better fit for the rider. If you feel comfortable with this horse, try it out on a short walk and check to see how it responds to you.

Pet the horse and watch for bad habits such as nipping or biting. Take the reins in your hand and walk the horse for a good distance. During the walk, watch its legs. Does it limp or diplay any other sort of physical problem? How about its hooves? Are they in good shape? Is the horse's hide shiny and feel smooth to the touch? Are its eyes clear and bright and alert? These are some of the questions you will need to find the answers to in your search for a good saddle horse.

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