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    05-09-2008, 11:40 AM
When I bought Sonny we didn't really do any research on the trainer new the owner of the stables, and a co-worker knew him also and though only my co-worker recommended him, I still got a good horse

When I was horse hunting, I've walked away from 2 horses that I really wanted to buy because they said that to ride the horse again I had to do a lesson or pay them for their time....which IMHO is stupid, if you are selling a horse you should want the prospective buyer to be comfortable with that horse, even if that means the person riding the horse 10 times before making a desicion.

At first, before we actually bought Sonny, we were about to walk away because of the agent not wanting us to speak to the owner at all...and the agent didn't have a signed piece of paper from the owner that she was allowing the horse to be sold through the lady.
Thankfully, we went to a local tack shop and the owner asked if I had found a horse yet (she knew I'd been looking for one) and I told her about Sonny, but about no papers saying the lady had permission to sell the horse...but the lady (whom I do trust) said that the owner (whom was a really frequent costumer there) was selling her horse and I was able to get her name and number if something happened where I could contact her.

Of course if I was ever put in that position again, I would walk away from it, but it was my mom's idea to still buy Sonny. Luckily the lady did want to sell Sonny and we've had no problems since.
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    05-09-2008, 04:10 PM
I wish I was more horse savvy when I bought Vega. I mean, I had never heard of Hypp, and obviously never asked about it. And for the pre-purchase exam, everything I read online was like if you go from where you ride, one really isn't needed. That is the biggest mistake we did! If we would have gotten a pre-purchase exam, we would have known about Gem's athritis and possibly Vega's hypp.

Always always always do a pre-purchase exam when buying a horse!

And I agree with the registration part. Gem and Vega were never transferred over to the name of the barn when they got them. Something we found extremely odd.
Another thing that Tom and I still have to figure out is why Gem's gelding date was 1 year before he was born.

Just always be careful when buying horses. So many people will do unethical things just to sell the horse.
    05-10-2008, 02:36 PM
It is incredible to see what people do to sell horses. I have heard some very unfortunate stories of people buying horses that had been stolen and horse owners left with no track.

That is my worst nightmare.
    05-10-2008, 03:05 PM
Yeah it really is sad!
    05-10-2008, 03:07 PM
It's really scarry what people will do to sell a horse for a proffit!!!, i'm in the process of looking for a mule for my husband (birthday/fathers day present) so we can go trail ridding with our oldest child, I have never herd so much b.s in my life from sellers, yes I know the market is really bad, it's worst then bad!! I was the middle man in a sell with my sister in law and a friend for my sister in laws welsh pony but it fell through due to my sister in law wanting $1,500. On a pony she only paid $400.oo with no training,( just was trying to get it a better home that what it's in now) looked at a jenny last night while on the hunt for horse trailers, liked neighbours are going hate us when we do find one because there loud!!...any ways great mule she was...but it was a another desprite sale by the owner who said that if I bought his trailer he would throw in the mule for $80. (don't think so), i've also looked at some qh in the area, the ranch that I went to (unbenounce to me) had been cought a few back with fruading papers and breeding qh to mustangs and selling them as reg qh's.........i'm thinking of heading to maine to see my dad for a while and will be most likey be larking around the york courty area looking for ahorse there too.

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