Originally Posted by abbygibson1212
I've had multiple horses before, the mare would be more for myself and the gelding more for my grandpa, sister, friends, etc. although I would ride him sometimes too if he wasn't getting enough time with everyone else. But I do understand your point on buddy sour, back when I had 3 horses, we had one that was crazy buddy sour, and I'll definitely make sure I don't get into that again. I'll be going to ride these two either this Saturday or next, and I'll be sure to find a spot where I can put some distance between them and they can't see each other so I can see how they do. Any other advice that I can check for while I'm there Saturday would be greatly appreciated. These horses are much closer to me than my gelding was and I'm taking things slower and a lot more cautious this time so that I get a horse that'll I want to keep forever
A few tips for when you go looking at the horses:
-have the owner get on them first. If they are unwilling to do so, that always sends some red flags up in my mind. If they won't ride, ask if they have someone that will ride (I rode a pony someone had for sale once because his kids were afraid and the dad was too large). This will allow you to watch the horse from the ground and saves you from getting hurt right away. So many people say their horses are rideable when they are barely so.
-bring a second opinion. You may be knowledgable about horses, but getting a new horse is exciting and may cloud your judgement. Bringing another knowledgable horse person along can help you make a more rational decision and they may pick up on things you haven't. Another example is when I went with a friend to look at a horse they were thinking of buying and they were ready to say yes that day. When I went with them, I saw the horse was lame in one foot. They had a vet out to X-ray the feet after my suggestion and the horse had terrible ring bone and arthritis that it probably would not have been rideable. Had I not been there, they would have bought the horse not knowing that.
-if you are not sure about something, pay a vet for a vet check. They aren't usually that much and can save you loads of time and money down the road. It's not easy to get rid of a lame horse as a lawn ornament.
-go back a couple times to look at the horses. The owners should be willing to let you look a few times before buying. If they are rushing you or saying "we have other people interested", that's a red flag. A horse is a huge decision and you don't want to be rushed into it.
-it's never a bad idea to call unexpectedly one day and ask if the owners are around so you can stop by to look. The world of horse sales is not always an honest one, and I've known people to work horses to exhaustion before seeing a buyer so they are calm. I've also dealt with drugged horses from an auction. People can seem genuine but when it comes to horses, you should always be a little suspicious. I don't advocate just showing up but at least if you call that morning and ask, they won't have as much time to prepare for your visit.