What to Look for When Buying a Horse: The Essentials

Just about everybody would like to enjoy owning a horse, but very few know what to look to ensure they have chosen a horse capable of high performance. Whether you are looking for a horse to pull a carriage, a thoroughbred for racing or workhorse on the farm, certain features and attributes are fairly common among horses capable of doing whatever job or task you might require. 

While it is definitely true that you will to look for some quite specific signs when looking for a fine horse to do a specific task, any kind of performance horse should meet the following qualifications for purchase. Teeth A perfectly valid reason exists for why you always seen a potential buyer checking inside a horse’s mouth in movies and TV shows. 

A horse’s teeth are a window into his long-term performance capacity. Any doubts you may have about the age of the horse can be generally clarified with a close examination of the animal’s dental state. The closer to purely vertical the teeth, the young the horse. Equine teeth slant at an ever increasing forward angle the older it gets. Not to suggest that an older horse can’t perform up to your particular snuff, but don’t count on that level continuing very long if the horse is notably bucktoothed.

Lameness A very big mistake made by beginners when shopping for a horse is thinking that lameness is immediately obvious. What appears to be a frisky pony may actually be exhibiting subtle signs of lameness that will only decrease its performance abilities through the years. One indication of lameness that often goes unnoticed is a slight but repetitive nodding of the head or hip. A more obvious clue that often gets underplayed is a short stride. 

A head held a little too high or a little low and even the barest hint of a wobbly gait can point to problems ahead. Stall Inspection If the horse you are looking to purchase for anything from drawing a carriage to jumping over fall tree branches on back 50 has a stall to call its own, take advantage of that. 

A little Sherlock-esque observation skills inside that stall can tell you a quite a bit about how the inhabitant. Carefully scrutinize stall walls signs that the animal is a kicker or biter. Sniff the air for any lingering odors indicating recent bouts with an upset stomach. 

Check to make sure the water has access to a supply of fresh water. Stance Just as teeth can tell you a lot about the age of a horse, so can a horse’s stance strongly indicate the level of future performance. From behind, the legs should unroll in a straight line from the body with hooves situated in a position neither too wide apart nor too narrow. From the side, the shoulders should not be obviously turned forward or backward. 

This also applies to the slant of the animal’s ankles. You want to get a horse where the lines of the legs are as near to perfectly vertical as possible. 

Why? Because even the slight divergence from the vertical is going to have an impact on leverage. Even the slight undermining a horse’s leverage is going to be exhibited in terms of reduced performance. The level of performance you can expect from a horse is subject to aspects like age, temperament and physical structure. 

That does not mean you should be prepared to walk away from the deal if the horse does not turn out to be perfect. Quality training, maintenance, care and good old-fashioned love can make up for a number of minor deficiencies.

 As long as the horse appears to have been well cared for and is not suffering any immediately obvious physical malformations, the best advice is to go with your heart when choosing a horse.

Jobs of Horses

Horses are a beloved animal that have had a long working relationship with human beings throughout history. Admired for their beauty, power and strength, horses have played many working roles in the fields of recreation, agriculture, police and military work and so forth. 

These majestic animals have contributed to the advancement of human civilization through performing these very important jobs. Horses provide a fun, exciting source of entertainment and recreation. Many people enjoy the chance to explore nature with the thrill of horseback riding. 

This can be a fun activity offered at different types of mountain or beach resorts, or done on guided trails at your local ranch. Many people take riding lessons to learn different styles of riding, such as Western or English. Horses may be used for sporting competitions such as barrel racing and cattle roping in Western horseback riding, or jumping and dressage in English riding. 

Other sports horses are used in include polo and racing. Carriage rides are a form of recreation in which people can take a leisurely ride through a city or park on a horse and carriage. This is especially popular in weddings, in which the bride and the groom ride off after their ceremony on a horse drawn carriage. 

Transportation has been an area in which the role of the working horse has been of paramount importance. Pre-automobiles, horses were the fastest, most efficient way for people to travel and for shipping and trading important goods. By being able to travel further and bring horse drawn wagons of goods, the exchange of people, ideas, technology and so forth was able to be spread throughout human civilization. 

Horses have also played a role in military being used to transport artillery supplies and soldiers into battle. While today military horses do not work in combat, they’re primary purposes are ceremonial and often pull caskets in funerals. Horses today do have roles in police work, as many cities have mounted police. 

The horse gives the police officer a higher point of view allowing him the ability to monitor a wider view point, and also add an intimidation factor when used for riot control. Mounted police also use horses to carry them through terrain where vehicles are not practical, such as in wilderness, parks or beaches. Agriculture is another industry in which working horses can play a major role. Horses are used for their size, power and ability to pull heavy loads to accomplish difficult work. 

These jobs often include plowing and tilling fields. Horses are used in ranching and livestock management to move herds of cattle from pasture to pasture. Working horses hold many jobs in many different industries. Throughout history mankind has relied on horses to perform tasks that required power, strength and, in the case of transportation, speed. While many of the jobs of horses have been replaced by modern technology, we still use these beloved animals in many roles today.

About Deckers

Deckers Travel, a blog about how forms of traveling, especially horses is the way to go. I will be honest, I want horses to be the form of travel again, I remember when I went to Gili Islands and they had horse and carriage and donkey and carriages just taking us everywhere, not a single car or motor, you couldn’t even see a motorbike, it was insane! 

This blog is dedicated to discussing all the different forms of travel and what the benefit to the world is and the affect of said benefit.