Tips on buying a horse - Helpful tips and thoughts on buying a horse

You want to finally fulfil your big dream of owning your own horse?

But do you have doubts about whether you are doing everything right and want to be as safe as possible on the path to your four-legged partner?

Great, your attitude is exemplary, because you don't just look at buying a horse through rose-coloured glasses. Unfortunately, there is a lot of deceit and deception in the "animal business". It is never wrong to keep your eyes open, because in the end it is the buyer and the horse who suffer.

Nevertheless, you should look positively into the future. With the right tips and a portion of courage, it will be much easier to take this step.

If you take our advice to heart, you will have already gained a lot. Useful information for free. Honest and open. That is what will bring you further.


This point deliberately comes first. It is about questions that you should ask yourself well before buying a horse.

First of all:

Can I afford a horse financially in the long term (approx. 10 - over 20 years!)?

The purchase price alone is not enough. Accessories, stable rent, hoof care costs as well as veterinary bills (vaccination, deworming...) are a large number of running costs altogether. Not to forget the "surprise eggs" that can occur at any time. Be it a colic/injury of the animal or a car going on strike. What if the washing machine gives up the ghost? All things that should be taken into account.

In other words: a good financial cushion is important and worth its weight in gold in case of damage.

Am I already qualified enough?

Buying horses is not the same as riding horses. This means that you should question your knowledge and skills in terms of horse keeping, horse care and riding. Of course, it is great if you have a trainer at hand. In addition to riding, he or she can advise you on buying a horse, for example, whether a young horse or a more experienced horse is right for you.

Your future guiding principle: You never stop learning when handling and riding horses!

What does your time factor say? Besides school, study or work, do you still have enough time for your own horse?

The amount of time and work involved should not be underestimated! It would be practical if someone could support you in the future. Perhaps you would like to share your Hotti with a dear friend (riding partner)? In case of illness and for financial support this would be very advantageous.

What kind of horse?

Short question, quick answer. Of course you should choose a horse according to your preferences. If you ride Western, a Western horse breed (e.g. Quarter, Appi...) is advantageous. If you prefer to go to dressage or show jumping competitions, you will be happier with a riding pony or a warmblood. The great thing is that the world is literally open to you in the leisure sector.

Important: Clarify in good time whether there are free stabling places in your area!

On the search, ready...go!

Now that you've thought about the theoretical part, let's finally get down to the practical part. Where do you start your search? There are many possibilities where horses can be bought. Horse markets, horse dealers or breeders offer a variety of horses for sale. From young horses to spry seniors, everything is represented.

To the breeder

Has advantages. The owner has known the animal since birth and can tell you a lot about the horse's life and character. The parents are also known and can be inspected on site. Likewise, a reputable breeder attaches great importance to his offspring being in good hands. Moreover, his animal has not been through dozens of stables. The horse should therefore not have had any negative experiences. Buying horses from a breeder therefore makes sense.

Horse market:

The term "horse market" can be used to refer to traditional "street sales" (regional events). However, it also refers to the online market. In numerous portals, animals for sale are offered by breeders, dealers or private individuals. The reasons for selling are as varied as the sellers. Your search can be narrowed down or extended with a mouse click. First impressions are gathered quickly and easily. In any case, an interesting and convenient way to search.

The horse dealer:

Now this is clearly about marketing. The dealer buys himself, takes in payment and sells on. These animals are usually not there for long and he can say just as little about them in relation. This horse purchase can (but does not have to!) involve risks.


Often, great horses are "instigated" via a notice in the riding stable or in equestrian shops. Local classifieds can be searched and many riders have found their dream horse by word of mouth. So keep your eyes and ears open for span 10!


If you like a horse, you should make an appointment with its owner as soon as possible. Take your time and preferably a good horse expert with you who has many years of experience with horses. He often notices things that you might not even notice during the meeting and raving. Of course, you are excited. Can't blame you.

Little guide - Pay attention to:

- Feeding condition of the animal and housing conditions

- Build (harmonious or unbalanced e.g. low back)

- Movement pattern (loose, comfortable, tense...)

- Hooves (well formed, horn quality)

- Joints (palpation for swellings and hot spots)

- Behaviour (vices, unwillingness, scepticism, sluggishness...)

- Existing horse passport and vaccination certificate (check entries).

Have the horse shown to you first. Either by the owner or by your companion. This is the best way to judge the horse's movement. Don't forget to test ride the horse yourself, after all YOU have to get along with the horse first and foremost.

If you are on the same wavelength as the horse you are looking for, then take the opportunity to have the horse examined. Buying horses is one thing. Playing it safe is another. With young horses it is only conditionally meaningful (because of the growth), but a small AKU (lameness examination, breathing, balance, hooves, teeth...) is always meaningful. No matter what age.

X-rays as well as blood samples are evaluated during the large purchase examination. This is a sensible investment for a future show horse that will have to withstand high stress. Feel free to commission a veterinarian you trust. In the course of this, the horse passport will also be checked to see whether the horse presented corresponds to it.

If everything is in order - congratulations to both of you!