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    11-07-2010, 09:53 PM
  #11
Yearling
I'm with everyone else on the surprise visit/trial period (if you can swing it). My gelding actually does fall asleep while tacking up and he's really lazy and behind the leg a lot of the time. Just a note on "testing". You can't just screen for drugs so you'd have to know what drug you think they are on and then ask specifically for that drug to be tested so realistically there is no way to test.

I think another thing you want to consider, even if it turns out he's not drugged is whether you want a horse that is this dead and lazy. I will tell you it is a real pain to work with a dead horse and though my guy has been a real confidence builder I'm ready to ride something that doesn't make me work for every stride!!
     
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    11-08-2010, 08:38 AM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by A knack for horses    
And on a side note, ALWAYS make the seller ride the horse first. If they aren't willing to get on the horse, just get in the car and leave. They know what you don't, so don't put your life in danger.
I totally agree, but I do have one exception.
When I was looking at my horse, the owner refused to ride him. Finally, she was backed into a corner (not literally xD) and she knew she had no choice but to get on (she only sold this horse because she needed the money). We could tell she was absolutely terrified, and she could hardly make him walk forward.

We still bought him, and he's turned out to be the best horse I've ever ridden.
But yes, it was a HUGE gamble.

Anyway, I think the best way is to ask for a vet check and/or a week trial. Whether you plan on doing it or not, you will know what's going on based on their reaction.
If it is a defiant yes, go for it.
If they refuse, assume the horse is drugged and leave.
     
    11-08-2010, 10:37 AM
  #13
Weanling
www.horsetradertricks.com has some useful information that might give you a hint.
     
    11-08-2010, 11:37 AM
  #14
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by noogie the pony    
but he wouldn't do almost a single thing I asked him!
How strong of a rider are you? It's possible that the horse needed more leg (or less rein) than it was getting.

Not everything that is quiet is drugged.
     
    11-08-2010, 08:42 PM
  #15
Foal
Thanks everyone for the imput! We have decided to pass up the horse. I know I should have asked the owner to ride first but she was just really old( I don't think she even rides him anymore) and he was a trail horse that kids ride all the time so I didn't think I would be a big deal.
     
    11-08-2010, 08:46 PM
  #16
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by mls    
How strong of a rider are you? It's possible that the horse needed more leg (or less rein) than it was getting.

Not everything that is quiet is drugged.

I know that it very well couldn't have been drugged. I have been riding for a while now so I don't think that was the problem. It was mainly a western horse that diddn't do much english. Idk ??????
     
    11-08-2010, 10:03 PM
  #17
Banned
Quote:
Originally Posted by JaneyWaney9    
I totally agree, but I do have one exception.
When I was looking at my horse, the owner refused to ride him. Finally, she was backed into a corner (not literally xD) and she knew she had no choice but to get on (she only sold this horse because she needed the money). We could tell she was absolutely terrified, and she could hardly make him walk forward.

We still bought him, and he's turned out to be the best horse I've ever ridden.
But yes, it was a HUGE gamble.

Anyway, I think the best way is to ask for a vet check and/or a week trial. Whether you plan on doing it or not, you will know what's going on based on their reaction.
If it is a defiant yes, go for it.
If they refuse, assume the horse is drugged and leave.
Good point!
OP, if you really wanted to protect yourself from those gambles, Take somebody along who is very knowledgeable about horses and very capable of handling sticky situations. That way, if the owner doesn't want to ride the horse, have the horseman (or woman) ride him before you do. They will tell you a lot about the horses personality and if the horse is safe enough for you to get on.
     

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