Take your time to find one that suits you. Be realistic about your goals and your abilities. Try multiple horses, even if you try one which you think is great, there may be one which is even better for you just around the corner.
Always do a vet check as that way you can avoid some large vet bills in the future.
Also (adding to @caoimhesweeney
) get a thorough vet check from a vet that you trust and know. I tried a horse that I absolutely fell in love with but he didn’t pass the vet check. He wouldn’t have been able to do what I was looking for so we ended up making the right decision and found my current horse who is my baby and I will give him the world.
Take your time picking a horse. The first horse you see may be the one for you, or the twentieth.
Bring someone trustworthy, who knows horses, along with you.
Check who you're buying from. There are Facebook pages now where you can search for people's names.
If you're taking lessons, ask your instructor for help finding a horse. They will know your skill level and can likely match you with a horse better.
If buying, it totally depends on your level of experience. If you have a lot of experience then you can try a young horse (Bare in mind that they still need to go through their clumsy, silly, challenging age) or a hotter breed.
If you don’t have a lot of experience then try a more docile confidence builder like a older horse or a more level headed breed. It’s entirely up to you.
If you already have a horse, take your time and get to know each other. Maybe don’t compete for the first 6 months to a year. Build confidence and trust with each other and TAKE OUT A MEDICAL AID!!!😂😂😂