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Q: How can you tell if a horse is healthy before you buy it? A: When a buyer is considering purchasing a new horse, often the veterinarian is called out to perform a pre-purchase examination (PPE). The goal of the...
As a horse-crazy kid, you’ve probably been asking your parents for a horse as long as you can remember. And they finally said yes! You are excited for a horse of your own, but where do you start? Follow our...
Before devoting yourself to a full-time search for your first horse, answer these questions honestly to determine if you'll be able to give a horse a safe and happy home. Have you been taking riding lessons for at least...
Ask a dozen horsepeople what breed is the best horse for riding and you’re bound to get a dozen different answers. The breed and type that suits you best will depend on the style of riding you want to...
By Andrea Monsarrat Waldo We’re all deeply attached to our horses; that emotional connection is a major reason why we own them. No one wants to hear the question, “Is this the right horse for you?” I’ve had to accept that...
Q: Could you review the components of a typical pre-purchase exam? Which parts do you see as vital for any buyer? Which parts might you consider optional? A: A pre-purchase examination (PPE) in a horse is a "snapshot” of the...

High-Tech Horses

The general public doesn't typically think of the horse world as being a hotbed of new technology. In fact, horse-related items are often used as shorthand for outdated items and ideas (buggy whips, anyone?) But we know better. These...
Finding the right horse means finding the one that's right for you now--not you 10 years in the past or future! Photo: Public Domain via publicdomainpictures.net When I moved away to go to college, I sold my horse knowing that...
Horse shopping is not for the faint of heart. While it is a very fun process, it can also be a long process with bumps and frustrations along the way. This is especially true when parents are searching out...
Is anything more frustrating than selling a horse? Inevitably there are idiotic questions, garbled texts with poor spelling, and tire-kickers making lowball offers. Worst of all are the no-shows. However, there’s hope. If you’re a horse seller sick of...
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