Seek Professional Help!           (when buying a horse)

Shop with Experienced Help

* Be sure to rely on your trusted trainer to find and approve of your horse, whether it’s your first horse, or potentially your last. It’s worth paying a commission to have an experienced trainer who will stand behind his or her advise. Just like you may trust your stock broker for advise related to Wallstreet, your lawyer for legal advise, and your doctor for medical advise, you need to trust your trainer for equine advise. The equine world can be difficult for even the most highly intelligent and affective business men and women to navigate. During your search, you may find a horse who you think is beautiful, affectionate, and even fun to ride, but an expert can tell you if it’s the right one based on vast number of factors.Utilize Your Trusted Trainer with Whom You Intend to Keep Your Horse.

*Buying a horse with one trainer’s help with the silent intention of moving to another trainer, even if you think the trainer who’s helping you is excellent at selecting horses is a bad idea. Trainers normally select horses for their students, believing that the horse will work for the student while in their program. It’s difficult for trainers to anticipate what another’s program will be like, and whether the horse will be successful in it. In addition, your trainer may find it difficult to stand behind his or her selection once you’ve moved to another barn, so you’ve essentially wasted a portion of the commission you paid. Don’t be a Tire Kicker

*When you’re selecting a horse, you and your trainer should have a definite list of criteria that you require. Once, you’ve found the horse that has the majority of the criteria, buy it. Horses aren’t like cars sitting at car dealerships. Most likely, there isn’t another one just like it for a better deal at the next “dealership”. I’ll never forgot making this mistake when I was a junior. The first horse I tried was absolutely what I was seeking, and instead of buying him, I decided to look further with the reasoning that I didn’t think that I should buy the first horse I tried. BIG MISTAKE! HUGE! That horse was Champion in Ocala the following week, and sold for twice the price. I ended up buying a much greener, much less talented horse, and we were never successful together. Start Shopping Before You Need a New Horse

*Students can become impatient and make the wrong decision when they feel desperate to get something immediately. This often leads to frustration, switching trainers, and often buying or leasing a lower quality horse that doesn’t meet the original criteria. Sometimes, you need to travel to several differerent horse shows, states, or even countries to find the right horse, and even when you think you’ve found the right one, it may not pass it’s pre-purchase exam. You may have to send several to the pre-purchase. Don’t be discouraged. Just be patient. We live in a world where people love instant gratification, but when shopping for a horse, as it is with most things, patience is a virtue.

The Pre-Purchase Exam Should Be Kept in Context

The goal of the pre-purchase exam is to discover whether or not the horse is sound on that given day. The vet can’t predict whether or not it’s going to stay sound indefinitely, which is often what we wish he or she could do. However, there is much information that we can learn from the exam. Through the use of flexion tests, we can determine if the horse has arthritis or potentially an injury. We can look at exrays to get a glimpse into the horse’s past, but it’s important to remember that often something found on an exray doesn’t predict or influence lameness. If you’re buying a horse to keep for several years, or even for life, the requirements of the pre-purchase exam will be vastly different than if you’re buying a horse as an investment with the goal of re-selling it quickly. It’s important not to pass up a great horse because your looking at the pre-purchase exam with the wrong criteria. Your trainer and vet can guide you through this process. Many times, the perfect horse for you doesn’t actually have a perfect pre-purchase exam. On the flip side, horses who have perfect pre-purchase exams still sometimes go lame. It’s helpful to have the vet that will ultimately be maintaining your horse to be involved in the exam, even if the location of the horse prohibits he or she from doing the full exam. There’s so much that your vet can do in the form of maintaince and preventative maintenance that may allow you buy the horse that’s perfect for you even if he has some minor glitches in his exam.

Please feel free to reach us at Fortitudefarm@gmail.com for more info.

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