Thursday, May 30, 2013

6 Key Horse-Hunting Questions - Full Article

By Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight

Looking for a new trail horse? Here are six key questions to ask the owner from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.

When you’re hunting for a new equine trail partner, look for an experienced horse with a mellow, kind, forgiving attitude. For trail riding, also look for a horse that’s been out and about, hauled around a lot, and will enjoy the ride with you.

When you visit a prospect, ask the following questions before you mount up—and before you buy.

(For Julie Goodnight’s 10 steps to horse-buying success, see Ask Julie Goodnight, The Trail Rider, May ’13.)

1. Why is the horse for sale? You’ll see the warning glances if there has been an issue or training problem with the horse. There are lots of legitimate reasons to be selling a good horse, but the answer to this question can possibly throw up some red flags. Trust your intuition...

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