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    08-18-2013, 03:24 PM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Gaited07    
The people of Dream Walker Ranch are definitely up standing. One of my boarders have one of their horses and recieved the best of customer service that I witnessed. DWR stands by their name and the horse they sell.
I didn't say that they didn't give good customer service, and I know nothing about their guarantees but a trail horse that won't back up is not a well broke trail horse IMO. If I pay $8,000 plus for a trail horse, he or she had better know how to back up.

I do see now that their current descriptions often list that the horse can back up so maybe they realized that was something they overlooked in the past and have now incorporated in the training. I know the trainer I mentioned in my last post very well, and trust her implicitly. She would have loved nothing more than to find the perfect horse for her clients at Dream Walkers.
     
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    08-18-2013, 09:05 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by EponaLynn    
I didn't say that they didn't give good customer service, and I know nothing about their guarantees but a trail horse that won't back up is not a well broke trail horse IMO. If I pay $8,000 plus for a trail horse, he or she had better know how to back up.

I do see now that their current descriptions often list that the horse can back up so maybe they realized that was something they overlooked in the past and have now incorporated in the training. I know the trainer I mentioned in my last post very well, and trust her implicitly. She would have loved nothing more than to find the perfect horse for her clients at Dream Walkers.

LOL, No one said you did ;)

I'm speaking from my personal experience of what I witnessed on the customer service. I've ridden with them a few times and I didn't notice any "dead eye's" but good, safe trail mounts that could handle very extreme trails that a normal horse would have challenges.
I can't say about backing up but the horse at my barn has no problems going forward or backing :).
They ride differently than I and with "gaited gear" that I do not believe in but all horses are healthy, sane, safe and well gaited.
     
    08-18-2013, 09:08 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Trail Diva    
Bought a horse from them based on pictures and videos, it was absolutely beautiful. The horse was shipped (NOT impressed with the shipper) and arrived sick. My Vet came out and checked the horse, did bloodwork. The Vet said the horse was 200 lbs underweight and anemic. Treated for coughing and runny eyes. Also my farrier came out right away as the hooves were overgrown. Farrier said all four feet had bad thrush and the horse was way overdue for shoes, probably had not had shoes in at least 3 months, feet in bad shape. So the moral of the story is, after spending a LOT of money on the purchase price of the horse, I spent a couple thousand more in Vets bills, farrier bills, high quality feed and hay, and supplements. I am happy with how the horse turned out, but it took a lot of time and money to get there.
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    08-19-2013, 01:57 AM
  #14
Foal
Dream Walker Ranch horses seem overpriced, even by Californian standards. I looked at their videos and these horses seem only broke to ride. For $7500 (or more) I expect a horse to back up, pick up leads, turn on the forehand, and side pass. You can find a Quarter Horse or TB at half that price who can do all that and more. Gaiting is nice, but price should still reflect training.
     
    08-19-2013, 10:18 PM
  #15
Yearling
You may be better off buying in Tennessee where gaited horses are much more reasonable because there are so many.
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    08-21-2013, 05:04 PM
  #16
Weanling
Check with Bobby Mcnatt. Google his name. They're also on FB. Excellent quality bred horses for trail or show.
     
    10-07-2013, 08:25 PM
  #17
Foal
I have owned horses all my life and purchased two horses from Dream Walker's. Each time I visited the ranch in person with my trainer. Our visits were two years apart, neither of us saw any horse to look "dead in the eyes" and they were all in good weight and flesh.

Prior to visiting I watched several videos of the horses and saw many photos which illustrated the horses condition. Any one who shows as many photos and videos as these folks, obviously have nothing to hide. You can't hide a horse being underweight in all those videos and photos.

I highly recommend Dream Walker's and agree with the post above that the customer service offered is beyond compare. I also feel that you get what you pay for. My horses have been spectacular on the trail and I am thankful for that because we ride in some hairy stuff!

My experiences with them have been consistently great. You should always visit in person and get a vet check no matter if you are buying from your neighbor. I had both horses checked by a local vet and they were both sound.
     
    07-22-2014, 06:24 PM
  #18
Foal
I rectally bought a horse from her. A "beginners horse". I can barley ride her. I would not recommend this business. I have done some research and there are very shady dealing going on.
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    07-22-2014, 10:08 PM
  #19
Foal
I check in on their website often; they do seem to have some beautiful horses. At one time my husband was interested in one of them, and the owner was very nice and helpful. Certainly not a "hard sell".

I don't mean to offend, but in my opinion, anyone who would buy ANY horse "sight unseen" is crazy. Many of the horses on their site are sold just that way, and for DWR (now called American Trail Horses on their site), that is a great compliment. But as a horse owner, I think those people are foolish. For me it isn't just looks, conformation or even performance and ability. It is also personality, and do I "mesh" with the horse. I have ridden some lovely horses that did everything right, butů their "attitude" and "willing demeanor" stand for a lot.

My current horse would probably not be chosen by most, but his kind eye, and his willingness on the trail when I went to meet and ride him is what really sold me. I think by buying a horse "sight unseen" you are asking for trouble, and also missing out on other horses that would be better match for you.
     
    07-23-2014, 12:55 AM
  #20
Foal
There's been a number of complaints against Dream Walker Ranch, and I haven't read anything good about them on other message boards.

Ripoff Report | dream walker ranch directory of Complaints & Reviews

Sales barns make their money by "flipping" horses. I wish I had checked complaints when I bought my previous horse from J. Walker Ranch (no longer in business). It turned out he had pretty bad behavior problems and Wobbler's Syndrome (yes, I had a PPE, but the vet didn't catch it. I no longer use that vet). He seemed fine when I rode him, but his problems started showing up after about a month. It turned out (I spoke to a girl who used to work there) that they never rode their horses, and out-of-shape horses don't have the energy to act up. It's interesting to note that these two complaints also mention stumbling and neurological issues. There used to be more complaints, but I can't find them. Moral of the story: research sales barns before buying, and there are ways to hide horse problems.

jwalker ranch - fraud in business practices, Review 108744 | Complaints Board

Ripoff Report | J. Walker Ranch Complaint Review Temecula, California: 317214
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