Ruth Hogan-Poulsen Dressage

Ruth Hogan Poulsen Dressage with training facilities in Plainfield, Vermont and Loxahatchee, Florida.

Questions to Ask Before Getting on a New Horse

Young or old, trained or untrained, it's essential to know as much about a new horse as possible. This month I will talk about the questions that I would ask BEFORE I (or one of my staff) would get ON a new horse. Horses come for training for lots of reasons. These questions are also very important when you are trying a horse for sale, or even riding a friend’s horse for the first time. 

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Questions To Ask (or Be Prepared to Answer) Before A New Horse Arrives

When I get any horse in for training or boarding, the questions about his/her history starts before they arrive at the farm. I try to gather as much information from the owner or previous owner as possible. For everyone's safety (horse, rider, barn manager, farrier and vet) I need to find out the essentials to help make the new horses' transition to my barn as smooth and uneventful as possible... 

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