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Buy your horse with confidence

Horse Purchase Guide

Finding the perfect horse can be an exciting time but can be time consuming and costly. It is important to do your research to ensure you make the right choice for both you and the horse.

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Some Questions to Ask Yourself When choosing a horse be both realistic and open-minded about your expectations and don’t be tempted to take on too much. Some questions to ask yourself: 

What level and age of horse do you want?

What experience are you looking for in a horse? e.g hunting, show jumping, eventing, dressage, pony club, riding club or International level.

What type of temperament are you looking for?

Are you looking for a mare, gelding or stallion?

Are you looking for a horse with a competition record or a young inexperienced, green horse?

How much time do you have to exercise and work your horse? Do you have full time work commitments?

Are there any vices you want to particularly avoid? Lucinda Fredericks Equestrian / 2

Register your Requirements We can register your level and requirements on our database and we will make contact with you when horses become available to trial that may suit your needs. Email marketing@lucindafredericks.com with the following information: Your height

Your age

Your experience

Horse age

Horse Height

Level you are currently at

Level you are aiming at

Maximum budget

Specific requirements e.g to hunt, event, schoolmaster etc.

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We take time to understand your requirements

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Discuss your Requirements Lucinda is very happy to discuss your requirements prior to coming to view a horse. It might well be the right horse for you but by asking questions before you travel to view a horse you can avoid a wasted journey. Lucinda will respond to the best of her knowledge but she may need to rely on third hand information to answer some questions.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements Email : marketing@lucindafredericks.com Tel: UK +44 (0) 1380 816636 www.lucindafredericks.com

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We recommend people view and trial horses two or three times

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Viewing and Trial We recommend people view and trial horses two or three times before agreeing to purchase it, either on the same day or on different days. We also encourage you ride the horse in different environments at different times if possible. We can sometimes offer onsite accommodation to spend more time with the horse (subject to accommodation availability and a small charge). We recommend if you have any concerns about your experience in choosing a horse you bring someone along with you with good equestrian knowledge who you trust and who can also take video of you riding the horse. Lucinda will be honest with you if she does not think the horse is suitable for you.

What to expect when you come to view/trial a horse at Rosegarth Lucinda is happy to: 

Trot the horse up in hand so you can assess his/her conformation and movement.

Ride and show the horse to you — usually a brief 10 minute show, such as walk, trot, canter and a few jumps before you ride.

Discuss the horse’s temperament and routine with you and review your requirements and suitability in and out of the stable. Lucinda Fredericks Equestrian / 6

Temperament and compatibility is often more important than type

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Points to Remember 

We advise you take video and make notes — this will allow you to look back a bit more objectively when you get home. Plus, if you’re trying out a few horses close together this will help you recall each one better.

Remember that temperament and compatibility is one of the most important things. There is every possibility that you will end up buying a horse that isn’t quite the one you first dreamed of — but ultimately, that doesn’t matter. If you have a connection and feel comfortable with the horse then that’s the key thing.

Please do trust your gut — if you don’t feel comfortable with the horse when trialling you are best to take notice of your instincts and walk away. Lucinda Fredericks Equestrian / 7

Contract Please ensure you review and read our sales contract in full and query any issues prior to purchase.

Vetting Pre purchase vetting is essential for any horse purchase. Prior to purchase it is your responsibility to have the horse vetted sufficiently to ensure its fitness meets your requirements. We make no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding future fitness and performance of the horse including any previously unidentified conditions.

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Make sure you explain to the vet your level of riding ability/ experience, as well as your future plans for the horse.

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When having a potential horse vetted: 

Ideally use your own or an independent vet. Please speak to them before the vetting takes place.


Ideally you should be present at the vetting so you can see their reactions and talk to him/her during the process.


Make sure you explain to him/her your level of riding ability/ experience, as well as your future plans for the horse.

Which vetting to choose? Although a two-stage vetting may look financially more appealing, you might miss out on vital information that you would obtain from a five-stage vetting. In most cases a five-stage vetting will be required if you intend to insure the horse, if not they may limit the level of cover they will provide.

Additional checks Checks such as scans, scopes and x-rays may be required by your insurance company but you should also consider any additional checks that might help you assess the suitability of the horse. Please consider the age and history of the horse and refer to your vet for advice of what else may be required. It is not their responsibility to make the decision as to whether to purchase the horse or not, but to provide a professional opinion of the health of the horse with the intended use borne in mind. If there is any doubt as to the suitability of the horse for its intended purpose based on its health it is important to discuss these fully with the vet so that an informed decision on whether to purchase the horse or not can be made. Lucinda Fredericks Equestrian / 10

We care about your ongoing journey with y prepare an aftercare pack for you before yo Insurance Upon payment of the purchase price the horse becomes your property and responsibility and you are strongly advised to insure your horse immediately and especially prior to transportation. We cannot accept any liability for any injury once the horse becomes your property.

Transport If you are not transporting the horse yourself, please ensure you choose a reputable firm and if possible we recommend you check your horse when it is loaded and when it comes off for any injuries while in transport.

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Ongoing Care Please read through our aftercare pack which includes current exercise and food regime and any other relevant information you may require. If you have any queries following the purchase of your horse we are happy to discuss these with you.


Lucinda Fredericks Equestrian, Rosegarth, Westbury Road, Little Cheverell, Devizes, SN10 4J

Tel: +44 (0) 1380 816636 Fax: +44 (0) 1380 816640

Company registered number: 8384504 Company VAT registration: 158069290

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Horse Purchase Guide  

Finding the perfect horse can be an exciting time but it can be time consuming and costly. It is important to do your research to ensure you...

Horse Purchase Guide  

Finding the perfect horse can be an exciting time but it can be time consuming and costly. It is important to do your research to ensure you...