Buying or Selling a Horse

Yes Horses are amazing creatures full of grace, beauty and strength.  True there is nothing quite like the bond between a horse and rider, the amount of trust shared is one that can only be experienced not described.  I will also agree that the mere thought of being around a horse makes my heart beat faster, I can almost smell my Patriot as I write.  However, all that being said horse ownership is not for everyone, its a challenge perhaps ranking up there with raising kids; I have two boys I speak from experience. The main difference being you cant put a horse in time out and its a bit easier...
Whether you have been riding for years, buying a horse for your horse-crazy kid, or just started riding as an adult yourself, its important to let your brain rule your heart when deciding what type of horse to bring into your life.  Some important things to consider are: the age of the horse and age of the rider the training of both horse and rider and the equine discipline being ridden the breed, sex and disposition of the animal being looked at. Age Parents can make the mistake of buying a young horse for a young rider thinking they will grow up together, but this is a decision...
Paint Horse
  So you’ve decided you want to adopt a horse!  Other than the normal decisions of housing, feed, tack, farrier, and vet, there are other things you should consider before bringing an unknown horse into your life.   Horse Rescue Associations First, look for a reputable horse rescue association.  Some rescues are breed specific and you should pick a breed that best fits your lifestyle.  A well-known, creditable horse rescue will be able to provide you with pictures of your chosen animal, plus vet records and a possible history.  Even if they don’t know the details of where the horse has been...
American Quarter Horse Profile
So you’ve finally got that third, fourth or even fifth horse that you’ve wanted to complete your backyard herd.  Now what do you do to get your new gelding or mare acclimated into his or her new companions – how do you keep everybody safe and happy and make the transition as smooth as possible? There are certain steps you should take before just throwing the “newbie” in with your herd – Step 1 – Let the new horse become accustomed to his surroundings for a few days. Walk him around the barn and the pasture where he will be staying and let your other horses see him.  They will most likely come...
New horse in the pasture
Selling your used saddle is a great way to clean out the tack room and get a little extra money. There is a large market for used tack in the horse industry, for the same reason that there is a large market for used cars in the United States. Saddles and other items are in high demand, but they can be quite costly new and buying used often gives riders the opportunity to get a good quality item for a fraction of the retail price. Selling a saddle you are no longer using can be beneficial to both buyer and seller. Evaluating Your Saddle Almost all saddles can be re-sold, but how much you can...
  Anyone who is thinking about purchasing a horse should know the basics how-tos of horse care long before they ever go on the first test ride. Knowing how to take care of a horse is essential to the horse's well-being as well as the overall happiness of both horse and rider. Feeding a Horse Horses are grazing animals, they function best if they have a continual source of roughage to keep their digestive systems moving. However, most captive horses do not receive enough nutrition from the grass in their pastures to survive, which is why horses are fed both horse feed and hay. The average...