The Ultimate Thoroughbred Race Horse Buyer’s Guide

The Ultimate Thoroughbred Race Horse Buyer’s Guide

These days, race horses are referred to as thoroughbreds and the name accurately describes the lineage of this breed as they have literally been thoroughly bred and come from a bloodline of champions. While thoroughbred horses excel at flat racing, other breeds such as the Standardbred and quarter horses are better suited for different race types, making comprehensive research of absolute importance ahead of purchasing a race horse.

Seller Research as a Sole Owner

Ahead of buying a racehorse, it is absolutely imperative that you take the time necessary to research comprehensively all the possible sellers and organisations as you want to ensure that you only deal with the best in the industry. When deciding on a specific seller, be sure to consider which suits you best, your racing expectations, and your available budget.

Once you’ve decided on the type and seller, it is of equal importance that you thoroughly research the seller and ask to see their seller’s registration card. All professional race horse sellers must provide potential buyers with a registration card which details information about themselves and the horse. If you have sourced your thoroughbred through an online seller, research is of even more importance and you should be sure to read the site’s terms and conditions on the purchase and sales of animals.

Co-Ownership of a Thoroughbred

Being the co-owner of a thoroughbred is currently a popular trend in the equestrian world as you’re able to get the horse you want – much like choosing your favourite online pokies – but the costs involved of keeping the animal are shared between the investors, along with any prize money won. Being a co-owner is referred to as a ‘buying syndicate’ where a group of interested parties buy a share in a horse. Another popular trend is to buy shares in a champion stallion after their standard 2-year racing career is over. In this way, if the stallion lives to be an average of 25 years, he is able to sire hundreds of potentially winning offspring.

What to Look for in a Winner

Irrespective of how much you’re able to spend, it’s absolutely imperative that you purchase a horse of the best possible pedigree within the confines of your budget. There are also many essential questions that must be asked of the seller, many of which will vary depending on whether you want to use the horse to race, to show, or to stud. For example:

  • How long have you owned the horse and why are you selling?
  • Does the horse have any bad habits?
  • How old was the horse when it started its training
  • Who are the dam and the sire?
  • Do you have registration papers?
  • Are there any good reasons why the horse would not make a good (fill in your intended purpose) horse?
  • Have there been any past injuries or problems? Are there any soundness issues or illnesses?

If you are confident in your selection, it may be a good idea to find a trusted and experienced race horse owner who can examine the horse for their capabilities.


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