Finding a horse can be a very stressful and overwhelming process. I am no expert in this field, but in this article I combined the most valuable information that I have found in my research. I recommend taking this article with a grain of salt and still talking to a professional before making a purchase. With that being said, let's get this started with some questions you should ask yourself!


What are your riding goals?

Take a minute to seriously write down your goals, both short term and long term. Often, riders are pressured to want to move up as much as possible, but it is also totally fine to want to stay lower level. You and your horse need to be partners, so be sure that you are both on the same page and you end up with a horse that will help you get to your goals.

Some questions to ask yourself:

What are your measurable goals?

What are your immeasurable goals?

How quickly do you want to get there?

What obstacles might you face?

How can the horse you ride affect and fix those challenges?

What type of ride do you want?

Every horse is different and knowing what type of ride is key to success with a new horse.

Some questions to ask yourself:

Do you want a push ride?

Do you want a "woah" ride?

Do you want a sensitive horse?

Do you want a horse a little more care free?

Do you want a project?

Project horses can be a lot of fun and rewarding, but it may take longer to get to the upper levels with a project. On the other hand, promising horses with experience are often more expensive. This one is pretty personal and entirely up to you.

What qualities are most important to you?

Like I said earlier, not every horse is the same and not every rider is the same. Horses come in any shape and size, so it can be very helpful to narrow down what you are looking for a little.

What is your budget?

It is important to determine how much you are wanting to spend on a horse and communicate that clearly with whoever is helping you find your dream horse!