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post #1 of 2 Old 04-10-2011, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
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Advice on buying in general

Ok, so, even though I have read a few times people say things like 'with the horse economy at the moment you could get a great horse for cheap!' - unfortunately, this isn't so in Aus.

I have been avidly scaling the papers, web and networking with people to find myself a potential horsey companion and I can't seem to find anything 'good' for under $2000+ . Don't get me wrong, I'm not expecting a freebie, nor am I kidding myself about all the other expenses I'll be looking at owning one again, but I think $2000+ for a 20+ yo broodmare or a greenbroke 5 yo is a bit much.

So, I've been branching out and looking at other states and QLD seem to have the best quality for the best prices, so I'm considering buying and shipping one (honestly haven't looked at this option much yet, so it may end up not being an option) but I have several questions:

1. Do you think the prices in Aus for horses are just going through a spike and I should wait for them to go back to normal/or no?

2. Any advice in general on ways to find myself a companion?

3. How should I go about buying a horse I haven't seen/ridden?
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post #2 of 2 Old 04-10-2011, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Shiavo View Post
Ok, so, even though I have read a few times people say things like 'with the horse economy at the moment you could get a great horse for cheap!' - unfortunately, this isn't so in Aus.
I'm in the US, but you hear this all the time, too....and you can if you're patient and lucky enough for that horse to come along.
Some general advice...
- About human nature...for all the great, good deal horses that people tell you that they've found, they typically have at least a few 'unrideable' ones they bought (and don't tell you about) that are now pasture ornaments or given up on and sold to someone else.
- Decide how much time and $$s you want to put into the horse after buying. Personally, I don't have a lot of extra time and I would rather pay an extra $1000 for a a well trained horse with a good disposition that I can ride anywhere on day 1 whether the horse is finished or green/just started. I've seen a lot of 'good deal' horses that wound up being sent to a trainer after a couple of weeks and end up costing a fortune.

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