BEFORE  BUYING  A  GYPSY  COB: 

 

There are an increasing number of people breeding and buying gypsy cobs in New Zealand. These fantastic horses are becoming increasingly popular and so there are more both pure and partbred horses available for sale. 

 

If you are thinking about becoming a gypsy cob owner here are some points that may be important to consider.

  • Have you seen the horse/pony or talked to knowledgeable, objective people who have? Look beyond pretty colors, masses of feather and mane, or the talk of special, fabulous or quality bloodlines. Is the temperament what you want and is the conformation correct or at least acceptable? Everything else is a bonus. These two are essential.

  • Payment: 

    • How much?  

    • When is payment required? 

    • If a deposit is paid, who is then responsible for what? E.g. grazing, trims, vet care. 

    • Who pays for insurance? 

    • Who is arranging and paying for transport?

    • When do you actually get your horse?

 

  • Are there conditions attached to the sale? E.g. gelding clauses. 

  • Is the horse registered with the NZGCA? If not, it cannot be shown in GC classes and its progeny are also not eligible for registration. We strongly recommend a horse is NZGCA registered before purchase if this is important to you. Registered horses will have papers, or you can contact either the NZGCA registrar or secretary to confirm registration or pending registrations. 

  • DNA verification and registration: Who are the parents?  Is the horse DNA verified to the parents he/she are said to be by? The registration process will confirm this.  

  • Vet check: Do you need to have one done or are you happy to buy without? Is drenching/ dental/ vaccination and other health care information available?

  • Height: If an Estimated Mature Height is provided for youngstock, ask for the height of both parents and the grandparents, if known. Look at the height of siblings, if possible. Remember that home measures are not necessarily done accurately so a certified measure is always better than someone’s best guess. 

  • Is the horse capable of doing the job that you intend it to do?

  • How much handling has the horse had? Ask for photos or even better, some videos to show handling if you cant meet the horse yourself.

  • Can you view older siblings or progeny out of that mare or by that stallion, to see what type and height your prospective horse may be?

  • Colour testing: If at all doubtful about the colour of a horse, or want to know future progeny colour genetic options, you can request that the horse be colour tested (although you may have to pay for this yourself). Massey University offer color testing.

  • Feel pressured at all? Take some time to think about it and don't commit to anything you are not truly happy with. Reasonable vendors will accept that choosing a horse to purchase can be a difficult decision. At the same time appreciate that the vendor may have many enquiries and don’t ask a lot of questions that take time to answer if you are not serious about potentially purchasing the horse. 

 

FINALLY: Do you have all the information you need? Have you spoken to others who have brought from this vendor? Were they happy with their horse and the service they received? 

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