Buying your first sport horse: What you need to pay attention to

If you are interested in buying a horse, prices under 2500 Euros are not recommended, and rather risky. But how do we know if a less expensive horse is a good buy or not? Here we share some tips for you so you can get the horse that is perfect for you.

Whether you are new or a regular in the horse industry, you know that buying horses is not cheap, that is off course considering the fact that you are really looking for quality and performance in horse.

When someone sells their horse for a low price, we usually start questioning why. Always make sure you check out the vices and bad habits of the horse. And also make sure they are healthy. If vices or health affect the performance of the horse it could be a good reason not to buy it. Unless you consult with an expert such as a trainer who can help you train the horse and overcome those vices and have minor diseases or wounds treated.


Will there still be "hot brands" in 2019?

Photo: © www.sportfotos-lafrentz.deAccording to the EU- standard, since the 1st of July 2009 horses are required to be microchipped. Due to this new rule, a debate has surfaced. The question is: Should there be no more “hot branding” ? The decision for this has been made with the following condition: A foal may be “hot-branded”, however according to animal rights the foal needs to be sedated for the procedure. However, currently, there is no suitable anaesthetic, thus for the meantime the “hot-brand” will have certain rules and regulations that need to be followed starting 2019, according to Dr. Klaus Miesner,  managing director of the breeding department in the German FN.

This issue has brought up certain discussions: Animal-rights activists and politicians are rather against the “hot brand”. The “horse-world” however, would rather keep the tradition going. Other than that, a lot of horse enthusiasts are sceptical about the microchip.

There have been many cases reported, where the chips get lost in the horse’s body or they are simply no longer traceable. The “hot brand” is considered a safe method for identification that lasts a lifetime.



Since the 1st November 2018, a new EU-Animal Breeding Regulation has been established. The German regulation of the ZVO (Zuchtverbandsordnung) will adjust accordingly. One of the new rules is the test for sires for the gene defect of WWS (Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome).

Since the 1st November 2018, in the new EU-Animal Breeding Regulation it says that the consideration of health traits such as defects or irregularities is mandatory. The test for WFFS is implied in this statement.

Breeding associations need to point out the WFFS on their websites starting 2019 as the new regulations also affect the German breeding area. The ZVO requires a WFFS chapter to be included in the breeding program. In some small breeds and pony breeds and also cold bloods there are also examinations for gene defects that have been going on for a longer period of time. The WFFS test compulsion for 2019 for riding horse stallions was initiated in September in a meeting of the Breeding Department of the German National Equestrian Federation (FN).

The Hanoverian November Auction 2018

The Hanoverian association ends their auction year 2018 with a successful November auction, where the average price of the auction was about 3000 Euros and it was the show jumping horses that dominated the show.

Even in the auction in October it was a showjumper that reached the highest price. The buyer was Cian O’Connor from Ireland. Also, the most recent price highlight goes to the UK: 79.000 Euros for Carissima v. Contendro-Graf Top bred and exhibited by Karsten Asendorf in Thedinghausen. Carissima is already the fifth foal from the Asendorf mare Gardefrau Top, that has advanced to a bestseller in Verden.

An Austrian Dressage Stable secured the second most expensive horse for 70.000 Euros. They took home Dante’s Daiquiri v. Dante Weltino-Avagon, bred by Nicole Nemits Garlstorf.

There were 74 riding horses in total who averagely acquired 18.784 Euros. Such an average price has never before been achieved in the Verden November auction. 32 horses went overseas and lastly to end the auction year, the head of sales events , Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener said: “we are very pleased with the rundown and result of the auction, which is an impressive ending after the successful elite auction and the spectacular stallion market. A big compliment to our breeders and exhibitors. The event would not be possible without them.”

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