When looking for a horse, and this especially goes for first time buyer, doing your researching is a must to figuring out exactly what you are looking for. There are a lot of owners that make the mistake of getting into to much of a hurry and buying the first horse they see or just lack the knowledge of what to look for besides wanting a basic broke horse. What some people don't realize is horses are not objects they are animals that have minds of their own which comes along with MANY personalities.. its up to you to find the correct personality that you need.
Horse buying can be very difficult because there are so many things to look for which is why you should seek out a professional that knows exactly what to look for. Those of you that are not able to get professional help you really have to start by taking a step back and thinking about what you need, things to be considered is your own riding experience, where you are wanting to go in the future, how much horse can you handle, the type of horse you are needing for your style of riding, and also how much you can afford with buying and maintenance of the horse. Those are the general questions you should be asking yourself . That will help you narrow your search for finding the correct horse for you.
While looking at a horse make sure and take notice of their health and confirmation, by looking at that you will be able to estimate how much maintenance they will need. The disposition of a horse is a major key in horse buying, making sure the horses and rider will be able to work together. With a timid owner you may need more of a been there and done that type of horse, one that is very level headed and easy to handle not needing as much guidance. Aggressive or very disciplined owners are typically able to handle more horse, which means a horse that may be more hot headed or could be very quiet just very athletic and ready to go. Matching the horse and owner is very important, making it easier to form a bond between each other that will tremendously help the owning and riding experience. Previous training of the horse is also a major thing to look at, now keep in mind that every person rides differently so you may not always have perfect ride the first time around but see if you and the horse are able to adapt to each other. There is such a broad range of training experience a horse can have so its up to the prospective buy to make the decision, wanting a horse that has been just started or barely handled versus a horse that is completely finished and dead broke.
The key is to not get ahead of yourself and really figure out what you need and want. Horse buying can be an experience in its self so by doing your research and knowing want you want will help to assure you have a good experience and get what you are looking for. Its very easy to get overwhelmed so make sure you keep your priorities in line and take any advice that is given. Remember that there is always more to learn no matter how much you may already know!