Tips for choosing the right horse

Each horse lover considers buying their the first horse an very exciting thing. Unfortunately, sometimes it turns into an awful disaster because of the beginner’s lack of knowledge. To avoid mistakes we give you some tips for choosing the right horse for you.

English: pinto sporthorse (sport horse) mare
English: pinto sporthorse (sport horse) mare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Where should you start your horse examination at?

With the very his or her head of course! First of all it should be dry, clean, proportional to the body, with a wide throat latch – the distance between the branches of the lower jaw, resiliently set ears, wide-open eyes, large nostrils and tightly closed lips.

A deep mouth is beneficial for control, because it is better for holding the bit. Look attentively at the horse’s teeth. With the following tips, you can easily estimate the age of your animal. For instance, if the shape of the teeth is oval, then your pet is no more than 12 years old; if its round, then 12-14, triangle – 14-19, concaved – 19-21.

The neck is a balancer. The ratio of its head is usually 1:1, but riding horses have the ratio 1.5:1. The junction of the head with its neck is called the occiput. If it is long and agile, then the horse turns his head very well and it is easy to control this animal. The junction of the neck with its body is withers, the tension antirattler of the harness and saddle. If the withers is long, then it is muscled. The back and loin have a positive effect on strength and speed if they are short and wide. When you notice the hollowness of the figure, then you should know this animal has poorly developed internal organs and weak muscles.

One can also estimate the horse performance on its chest. Choose an animal with a deep and a broad chest. It gives all the grounds to consider this horse to be strong. The belly must not be too big or lean. Lean and big belly suggest physical weakness of horse. Pay attention to the genitals of stallions and mares. Check the presence of both testicles in the scrotum and the udder development and two nipples correspondingly.

Horse and Rider
Horse and Rider (Photo credit: Istvan)

If you need a horse for the household, then it is preferable to buy mares, because stallions are very excited and hard to deal. They are usually gelded. However, geldings are less profitable in comparison with mares. The only distinction feature here is that a female horse is able to breed. Buy at a more profit a young horse. As usual, they are healthier and cheaper. It is advised to buy colts in autumn when they are 6-7 months. The next thing you should take into consideration is the animal’s size. For that volume of farm work which average people have, it is reasonable to have a medium-sized horse.

When buying a horse, one should examine the animal very carefully in both conditions: rest and movement to verify its correct pace and quality of movement. On examination, it is necessary to drive or ride a horse to detect weaknesses such as lameness and weak joints.

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Note from Joni: Please consider the adoption option for obtaining a new horse. There are many wonderful horses that end up in Horse Rescue because of different reasons most that have to do with the owner and not the horse. The rescue will be able to help you pick a horse that is right for you. Sometimes you can even foster a horse for a while to try him or her out before making the final decision to adopt.

My other tip is to be ready for a horse before you get one. Learn as much as you can with riding lessons, books, videos, etc. And please get a few books about how to feed and house a horse as natural as possible. Many horse problems are related to bad feeding and housing.

 

 

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