Buying from a professional yard or individual
The school of thought “never buy from a professional” could be contested in this day and age. It is understood that there may be anxiety surrounding the purchasers inability to match the professionals riding, and as a consequence the horse may change in its behaviour, and performance.
Horse Scout believe there can be merit in buying from individuals within the industry, as horses are genuinely being sold to help finance the sellers riding career, yard rentals, etc. This would indicate horses are not being sold due to a problem, or a fault, and therefore it can be a safe purchase.
One of areas to consider if you are buying from a professional environment is your ability to maintain the work load for that horse. On a professional yard horses may be going on a walker daily, and receive a strict work structure, be sure to understand the volume and intensity of work before taking the horse home.
Common misconception- allowing the horse to ‘settle in’. The best policy is to keep the horse relaxed by maintaining the work load it has been accustomed.