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Frequently Asked Questions About Horses Purchased From Red Clay Stables

Q: Why should I buy a horse from Red Clay Stables?
A: Because we might have just the right horse for you. We are primarily a boarding stables, but we keep a small number of horses for lessons, leasing and to be available for family and friends to ride. Often someone who has been leasing a horse or taking lessons on it wishes to purchase it, so all of our lesson and leasing horses are also for sale. All Red Clay horses are worked regularly by experienced riders and kept up on their shots, farrier work, etc. If you live close enough, you also have the option to lease the horse before you make the purchase decision.

Q: I just love one of your horses, but can't get out to see it for several weeks. Will you hold the horse for me until I get a chance to come and see him?
A: In general, the first buyer to make payment is the person that gets the horse. However, we will hold a horse for a potential buyer for up to 24 hours if they make a specific appointment to see the horse within that time period. Sometimes we have a potential buyer driving from several states away to look at a horse. In that case we will hold the horse for an additional day or two if that is how long it take you to get here. If you are actually on your way to look at one of our horses, please call to let us know your anticipated time of arrival and we will hold the horse until you get here.

Q: I just looked at one of your horses and I think I want to buy it but I need time to arrange my finances and get my pasture ready. Will you hold the horse until I am ready?
A: We typically have multiple persons simultaneously interested in a given horse. The first buyer to make payment is the person that gets the horse. If you want us to hold a horse for you, you must pay for the horse. You can then make arrangements with us to board your new horse here until you are ready to pick him up. We will be glad to hold your newly purchased horse here for a few days for free. For longer terms, you would need to pay the regular boarding fee.

Q: What form of payment do you accept?
A: Because of the number of persons involved in counterfeit cashiers checks, horse scams, and other types of fraud, we only take cash or wire transfer or PayPal. If you wish to pay via wire transfer, please email us for detials.

Q: I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy one of your horses, so I'm coming with a horse trailer. What else do I need to bring?
A: 1 Cash to pay for the horse. 2 A hay bag (we will supply enough hay for the horse to eat on the way home). 3 A halter, lead rope and trailer tie.

Q: I just got my horse home. It won't eat and it acts nervous or frightened. Why?
A: Most horses need a period of adjustment to a new location and new owners. It is not uncommon for a horse to refuse grain for up to several weeks after being moved to a new location. As long as your horse has plenty of water and hay or grass, you don't need to worry about it taking up to a week or two for your horse to start eating his grain. Your horse may also need time to adjust to new persons. Let your horse gradually meet new persons one or two at a time. Being moved to a new location and mobbed by 5-10 new faces all at once may make even a normally calm horse become agitated. Some horses adapt quickly, others need a few weeks to settle in. Remember that horses have individual personalities. Some horses are right at home in the middle of lots of diverse activity, noise and people. Other horses prefer a calmer setting with fewer people, and some horses are one person horses.

Q:When I look at the videos of your horses on your website, they are so well behaved and seem to respond to their cues so well. I just bought one of your geldings but I can't seem to get him to respond the way he does in your video. Why not?
A: Don't be discouraged. When I bought my first horse it took several months of us getting to know each other before I felt really at ease riding him. Now he can anticipate what I want almost before I'm aware of giving him any signals. Give yourself some time to get to know each other. The riders in the videos are experienced riders who have typically been working with the horse for a while before the video was taken. If you are a beginner or novice rider, I would recommend taking lessons on your new horse so that you both learn the same cues together. Also I would recommend subscribing to a good horse newsletter and watching videos from respected horse trainers (see our links page). Sometimes a horse regresses in his training when he is moved to a new environment. Just put your horse back in basic training and work him regularly. Working together on the basics will be good for both of you. When we lead our horses from the pasture to the stall for feeding, we often take the occasion to practice stopping, backing up, and other ground manner basics.

Q:What should I feed my horse when I get it home?
A: There are a wide variety of commercial feeds available. Most horses can adapt to most feeds. Consult your vet (or Google) as to the best feed for your horse given it's age, body weight, etc. The most important thing is to transfer it gradually from what it is getting here (see the boarding page) to what you will be feeding it.

Q: My horse looked so good when I bought him from you, but now he is losing weight. What could be wrong?
A: Lots of things. If the weight loss is persistent or dramatic, please consult your vet. However, it may simply be diet related. Some horses have much higher calorie requirements than others. We find that adding up to a cup of oil to the grain each feeding is a safe effective way to keep the weight on a horse. Some horses require an additional weight gain supplement such as rice bran or beet pulp.