This is a little video I shot inside today in regards to getting a health assessment done on your horse before you buy a horse. I find many people don’t even know that kinesiology is an option for doing health assessments on their horses and they are unaware how accurate it can be. You can set up a program specific to your horse’s needs and know ahead of time what you are getting into when you buy a horse. It takes the guessing out of your horse’s health program and if you should buy a horse that’s healthy or not.
For many people when they buy a horse it is a very emotional experience. And because of this, emotions play a big part when you buy a horse. Along with emotions there are other factors like finance, breed, color, discipline, etc. I have compiled a list of some common mistakes I have seen people make and hopefully this list will help you when you go to buy a horse.
1. Finances almost always play a part to a certain extent when you are looking to buy a horse. And because of this many people end up with younger inexperienced horses or older ones that have barely had any time put on them. Of course these horses are appealing because their prices are reduced due to the lack of training and experience the horse has. Training is expensive and time is precious so if you aren’t experienced with horses it would be better and cheaper in the end if you buy a horse that is older with tons of experience. Just get on and ride!
2. Love at first sight! You go to buy a horse and it’s the breed you want, the color you have been looking for and of course when you went to look at him he came right to the fence to greet you. SOLD! A common case of emotions gone wild when you went to buy a horse.
3. Or you aren’t even in the market to buy a horse but you have the room and this horse needs rescued. Yet another case of emotions gone crazy! However in this particular case this is the first time you buy a horse and have no idea about the financial commitment involved. Surprise!
4. Too many people never ask to try the horse out first. When you buy a horse ask for a trial period. I have done that with all my horses and it’s the best way for you to get to know the horse and in the end buy a horse that is the best fit for you. If the owners have nothing to hide then it shouldn’t be a problem.
5. Time and time again I have seen people buy a horse that is not their skill level. They have dreams of barrel racing, jumping, endurance riding, etc. so they buy a horse that’s already at that level but they have done nothing to train themselves to be at that same level.
6. So many times I have also seen people buy a horse without having a vet check done. They get their horse home and it’s not long before signs of lameness or other medical issues start to arise. If you do buy a horse without a vet check you could be looking at writing a large cheque of your own.
7. When people buy a horse they rarely consider the emotional and mental state of a horse and just check out the physical state. Many, many horses have been emotionally damaged in their past and it can take years of proper care with connection, love and even medication to get them back to a state of trust with the human. If you buy a horse like this you had better be very prepared for the journey.
So those are just some of the common mistakes I have seen when people go to buy a horse. Please take careful consideration when you go to buy a horse as they have feelings and emotions just like you and I.
Well this is my last blog on how to buy a horse depending on the type of person you are. You would really be amazed how much this will help you with your relationship with your horse when you go to buy a horse. Honestly just consider it when you go to buy a horse and if you aren’t an extroverted reactor type then maybe check out my other blogs on extroverted thinker, introverted reactor and introverted thinker. We all tend to fit in there somewhere and it’s just fun to do and really quite helpful when you buy a horse.
So the extroverted reactor type definitely has more energy and just jumps in with both feet and deals with the consequences later if there are any. If you are this person you are also quite sensitive, perceptive to things and ambitious. Wouldn’t you love to buy a horse that matched your energy and positive attributes? But being this extroverted reactor type you can also get defensive, over react and be impulsive. We all know though when we go to buy a horse we have to look at all attributes positive and negative and accept them for who they are. After all don’t our horses do that with us? I have said it before and I will say it again, if you want to buy a horse that will be your perfect partner then best ask your friends and family what type of person you really are. Most of us tend to think of ourselves quite differently than the ones closest to us.
Now lets look at what your perfect partner would be like when you go to buy a horse. This partner will have more “go” and will be athletic and have quite a bit of endurance. And remember if you buy a horse like this he will also be sensitive like you and quite perceptive. Again all great positives when you buy a horse like this. However this horse can also by fearful, reactive, have a tendency to bolt or rear and is a forward-aholic so you need to be quite the leader so this horse doesn’t run over you. But don’t fret if you are a first time horse owner and want to buy a horse like this. All you need to do is make sure when you buy a horse like this is that he has mild tendencies and not extreme ones. When any of these tendencies are mild they are easy to handle. So many people think of the horse that’s gone crazy and think there is no way they would buy a horse like this which is so unfair to the ones with mild tendencies. These horses make great partners and will do anything for you.
I have ridden with someone who did buy a horse like this and they are such a perfect match. That horse will do anything for her! Can you see how matching yourself with your horse could be advantageous? Buy a horse like this and he will be able to keep up with you and have the endurance you are looking for. And because he is also so sensitive you can use consistency and a strong focus to help him. If you do buy a horse that is an extroverted reactor your goal will be calmness, and retreating will be your friend when he is feeling unsafe.
Wouldn’t it be great to buy a horse that is suited just for you? I have written a few blogs now on how to buy a horse depending on the type of person you are. This is blog number three of four on how to buy a horse so that they are a better match for you from the get go. I’m sure some people don’t think there is much validity in this way to buy a horse but I have seen the miss-match time and time again. Then when the owners can see this and change the way they are they start having much more success with their training. So don’t totally throw out this method on how to buy a horse and just read on and see if there are any similarities for you.
If you do happen to be an introverted thinker you tend to have lower energy, do things in a slower fashion, are reliable and can be very trustworthy. However with your lower energy some people may think you are lazy. You can also be quite defiant at times and you come across as a confident individual. I find it so interesting how you can buy a horse with these same qualities. It’s even more interesting how many of us don’t see ourselves how others perceive us. So it’s really a good idea before you go to buy a horse that you ask the people closest to you what kind of person you are. But try not to get too defiant about what they may have to say.
If you are an introverted thinker here are some qualities to look for in a horse when you go to buy a horse. Just like you he will have lower energy and tend to have more “whoa” than “go” which can be a very good thing especially if you buy a horse for the first time. This type of horse can tolerate quite a bit and tends to be quite clever and calm. However many people also see this horse as lazy, stubborn, unmotivated and can be dominant, pushy, curious and may have a tendency to buck. If you buy a horse like this you had better brush up on your reverse psychology to motivate this guy or a pocket full of treats always helps you with this food orientated horse. If you can’t bring enough variety to this horse rewards (not bribes) will be your best friend. Buy a horse like this and motivation will constantly be your goal. They will get bored quickly so remember to move on and give them some great incentives. Rest is always a good one too because remember if you buy a horse like this he loves to take his time and go slow. Remember this horse is like you!
I tend to know this one quite well because I did buy a horse that is an introverted thinker just like me. I never use to use treats as an incentive but once I started introducing them into our training he was way more willing to show me how clever he really is. If you buy a horse like this you had better be willing to throw out the idea of never giving your horse treats. Many people who buy a horse like this and refuse treats have troubles in their training. In the end this horse is up for sale for someone else looking to buy a horse.
About a month ago I wrote a blog on how to buy a horse if you are an extroverted thinker so this time I’ve decided to write about the exact opposite. How do you buy a horse if you are an introverted reactor? I’m sure this is a new way to think about how to buy a horse but stick with me I’m sure you will find it quite interesting. Since I wrote the first blog many of us have had discussions about what kind of partners we are for our horses.
If you are an introverted reactor you tend to have lower energy, are content, forgiving and really quite sensitive. But then on the other hand you can be emotional, unconfident, defensive and sometimes unpredictable. If this sounds like you, did you by chance buy a horse that matches you? It’s not always an easy task to buy a horse like you. So many times we don’t see ourselves the way our horses or others see us. It really is a great idea to ask your friends and family what kind of person you are. When you go to buy a horse with the hopes of finding a match for yourself you need to be brutally honest with yourself. With so many other things to look for when you buy a horse people often forget to try to match to their future partner.
So if you are an introverted reactor you will be looking to buy a horse with the same qualities and a few other horsey ones. You will find this horse to have more “whoa”, be obedient, submissive and bonding. Yet can be spooky, will freeze then explode, can’t think, can be fearful and have a tenancy to kick in fear. When you go to buy a horse they will always have good and not so good qualities. It’s important that you buy a horse with a spirit level you can handle and same goes for its behaviors. All of these behaviors can be mild, moderate or extreme so make sure you buy a horse at a level you are able to work with. However do remember this horse is like you and he wants to take things slow and take the time it takes. So if you buy a horse like this he will do best if you learn to retreat when he is fearful, wait, use repetition and give him comfort. This kind of horse needs to know you won’t push him over the edge and he can trust you. If you are in fact an introverted reactor, buy a horse like this and you will create a bond beyond words.
The more experience you have with this way of matching, the easier it is to know the best ways to interact with your horse. I have seen many people buy a horse that’s not their match and have watched them struggle through training. I know this first hand because I did buy a horse like this and she has taught me what it takes to be her partner. However the time it has taken to gain her trust has all been worth it. I do know if I had wanted quicker results I would have to buy a horse like me!
Do you ever think about the kind of person “you” are when you go to buy a horse? Well if you are looking to buy your perfect partner then this is something you should really consider. Normally when we go to buy a horse we have in our mind what our horse might look like but we rarely think about matching ourselves up with our potential partners. If you don’t have a lot of savvy in horsemanship this can be a very beneficial way to buy a horse.
If you are an extroverted thinker you tend to have higher energy, are a fast learner, are confident and can be quite tolerant. On the other hand you can also be dominant, pushy and sometimes downright mischievous. Does this sound like a horse you might have seen when you went to buy a horse? Now everyone tends to dwell on the negative aspects and I encourage you not to do that but just realize you carry these traits along with the positive ones. So if you are looking to buy a horse that will match you, go and ask your family and friends to describe what kind of person you are. Ask them to be honest with the bad, the good and the ugly. When you go to buy a horse sometimes it’s easier to see it in the horse than in ourselves so be honest. Don’t look at it as good or bad just see it for what it is so you can buy a horse that will make your perfect partner.
So if you are this type of person you will be looking to buy a horse with the same sort of traits along with some other specific traits. You will find this horse to have more “go”, be willful, playful, smart and exuberant. On the other hand they have a tenancy to bite, strike, be naughty and mouthy. Again when you go to buy a horse like this please don’t just look at the negative traits just recognize them and know that there are just as many positive ones. Don’t forget this horse is like you! He wants to go play with you and learn new things at a fast pace. If you truly are an extroverted learner then buy a horse like this so he can keep up with you and really enjoy your play time together. If you buy a horse and use the strategies that will come naturally to you, like coming up with creative tasks and new lessons, this horse will give you everything. Wouldn’t it be great to buy a horse that totally understands you? In the end the horse is hopeful for the same. So go learn a little more about yourself and buy a horse that will be your perfect match!
People buy a horse for many different reasons but we do tend to see many more recreational horses in this day and age which also means there are a lot of first time horse owner. Depending on the person and the amount of experience they have with horses they will buy a horse for looks, breed, age, price, temperament, training and a whole host of other reasons.
How do you buy a horse? Now that’s a question that can’t be answered with a cut and dry answer. One thing to remember is that many horses come with their own baggage so if you think you are going to buy a horse for its breed being known for its mellow, calm attitude then you should really think again. Every horse is individual just like us and even though a specific breed might be known for certain traits it doesn’t always mean when you buy a horse that’s the way they will be. My mare Ms. Winnie is a purebred Canadian which is known for being a very kind and calm breed. I have to tell you she was no where near those traits when I went to buy a horse due to her past neglect. Through hours of training and medical support she is now very different and has taught me how emotionally damaged a horse can really be.
Sometimes we get lucky and buy a horse that’s right for us from the get go. But to strengthen the odds and increase your chances to buy a horse, right for you, try hiring a professional trainer to help you. I also strongly suggest when you go to buy a horse that you try the horse out for a period of time before purchasing it. A vet check is also a great idea to help you buy a horse without any physical problems that may affect the horses’ attitude. When a horse is in pain or irritated it can’t reveal its real self to you. When I went to buy a horse I bought Ms. Winnie and thought she was very lazy out on the trails until I found out she had a belly full of approx. 150lbs of gravel. And boy oh boy let me tell you did she ever reveal a very different horse after we got all that gravel out! Really try to read your potential partner when you go to buy a horse and ask yourself “Is he/she like me or would we be opposites?”
A vet gave me some really good horse info. on how they determine if your horse is underweight or overweight. The system they use to determine this is called “Body Condition Scoring”. I didn’t even know there was such a thing. The system assigns a score to a particular body condition and works by assessing fat both visually and by palpation in each of six areas. Horses accumulate fat in these areas in a set order so breed doesn’t make a difference. The great thing about learning this system is that you can evaluate your horse at anytime and make changes to their program if needed. So now if I am in the market to go buy a horse I can assess its body condition myself!
Mr. Tay was a perfect five but on the other hand Ms. Winnie was a seven. However I think now that they have been on the hay net slow feeders Ms. Winnie is getting much closer to a five. I really don’t want any future horse problems with her so we are being very diligent with the new feeding program. The more horse info. you can get the better equipped you will be!