Considerations to Make Before Purchasing a New Horse

Before welcoming a new horse home, it is important to investigate the quality and health of that animal.

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It may be just one horsepower, but before riding off into the sunset on a newly-purchased pony, it is important to investigate the quality and health of that animal.

Michael Martin, DVM, associate professor specializing in equine primary care at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, has some tips on selecting a horse and how veterinarians can help.

"There are many aspects involved when buying a horse, in addition to answering health questions," said Martin. "The concern for a first-time buyer should, and most importantly, be the safety of the horse. Buy a horse that is experienced and dependable, one with a good attitude."

Martin recommends that the "attitude" judgment be made by a friend or trainer who is qualified and knowledgeable about horses

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