Horses are not like sweet dogs or kitties. Usually when a horse pushes he is trying to establish his dominance over you. Although this is a behavior that can be corrected by someone who has the skill and knowledge but let's try to find one who is respectful of you from the beginning.
Before I continue I would encourage you to remember the following statement. Before you make your final purchase is that IT IS EASIER TO BUY THE WRONG HORSE THAN IT IS TO SELL IT. The hidden message here is to take ample time to shop wisely - a horse is a HUGE investment of your time, money and emotional energy - choose wisely!
Well, having said that - Where can I purchase a good, cheap horse? Cheap horses can be found in newspaper ads, feed store information boards, word of mouth, livestock auctions, family, friends, and other acquaintances. Remember that cheap doesn't necessarily mean safe. Also the amount of proper training the horse has received increases his safety margin and also his value as a reliable animal. Also remember that horses are animals and can be unpredictable (the more training the better).
Now let's talk about level of training. The horse should be willing to walk forward in a straight line without you having to whip or kick him. He should be willing to turn easily and stop when asked without displaying a bad attitude. Sometimes horses are grumpy because they have soreness (that is where a good vet check comes in handy) and sometimes they are grumpy because they do not have the proper training to understand what the rider is asking. Another idea is for you to acquire an equine professional to accompany you for another opinion.
To sum it up, remember these few things;
- TAKE TIME AND BE THOROUGH IN YOUR SEARCH
- ASK THE HORSES PRESENT OWNER TO HANDLE THE HORSE SO THAT YOU CAN OBSERVE THE HORSES' ATTITUDE AND ABILITY TO BE HANDLED
- ACQUIRE THE ADVICE OF AN INDEPENDENT EQUINE PROFESSIONAL FOR FEED BACK
- HANDLE AND RIDE THE HORSE YOURSELF TO SEE IF YOU GET ALONG WITH ITS' PERSONALITY
- TAKE TIME TO HAVE THE CANDIDATE VET CHECKED
- CHEAP DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN GOOD
- IT'S EASIER TO BUY A HORSE THAN IT IS TO SELL ONE
- NO FEET - NO HORSE
- ABOVE ALL ELSE - BE KNOWLEDGEABLE IN YOUR CHOICE