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    06-25-2012, 04:24 PM
  #1
Yearling
Buying a horse in another province?

Okay, so I've been doing lots of thinking and I noticed that there's many lower priced TBs in Ontario.. and I can't imagine that shipping would be more than $1000 or so. I did find (and am finding) a few nice mares that could potentially be what I want for much lower prices than the mare in New Brunswick.

So, basically, I want to know if anyone else has experience with bringing a horse in from a state/province or two away and what extra work went into it (besides finding a reliable transport). I'm definitely going to discuss it with Laura tomorrow, as I know that she got Roger from Ontario.. so I'm going to see if she'd be willing to help out with that.

And if I get replies from anybody, I'm going to see about videos and more pictures as well.. plus more information. :)
     
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    06-25-2012, 06:13 PM
  #2
Started
The only thing I would worry about is being able to test ride the horse out. I know folks that have done it. Some are happy some are not happy with the results. If you are talking about going out to visit the horse prior to purchase you are looking at hotel, flight and rental car or a lot of gas. Which may delete the savings associated with buying out of province.
     
    06-25-2012, 06:19 PM
  #3
Yearling
Definitely wouldn't be able to try her out. I'm hoping to just get a more in depth description on her personality plus more pictures and videos. The place seems pretty reputable, I looked at their website and facebook page. My coach will be a primary help in making this decision, as well as my dad's go ahead.
     
    06-25-2012, 07:10 PM
  #4
Foal
I live in Alberta and brought my mare from a breeder in Sask from only a video BUT she was a coming 3yr old, only halter/foot broke so there was no test riding to be done, I bought her with trainers who knew and trusted the breeder and I was welcome to send her back if it didn't turn out (at my cost)

It worked out perfect for me but I am not sure if I would buy out of province if it was a already Broke horse that I was unable to ride before hand.

So much goes into liking a horse it's not just how it looks with someone else on its back, you may dislike it's personality, gaits or training.

If I was in your position I would only do so if you could try it first (make a trip out with trainer if possible) or have it come from somewhere you or your trainer trusts with a return option.

If you do decide to go through with one make sure you have horse vetted by a vet that is not the owners regular vet, if possible one you trust or is recommended by someone you trust, before you buy it.
     
    06-25-2012, 07:15 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Jumperforjoy    
I live in Alberta and brought my mare from a breeder in Sask from only a video BUT she was a coming 3yr old, only halter/foot broke so there was no test riding to be done, I bought her with trainers who knew and trusted the breeder and I was welcome to send her back if it didn't turn out (at my cost)

It worked out perfect for me but I am not sure if I would buy out of province if it was a already Broke horse that I was unable to ride before hand.

So much goes into liking a horse it's not just how it looks with someone else on its back, you may dislike it's personality, gaits or training.

If I was in your position I would only do so if you could try it first (make a trip out with trainer if possible) or have it come from somewhere you or your trainer trusts with a return option.

If you do decide to go through with one make sure you have horse vetted by a vet that is not the owners regular vet, if possible one you trust or is recommended by someone you trust, before you buy it.
This horse is also pretty green, she just got started on fences. I'd definitely ask more questions related to health. And I'm well aware, which is mainly why I'd ask for a good detailed description of her personality as well as more videos and pictures. I'd likely forward the videos and pictures to my trainer to see what she thinks of the gaits and such. I'm not too worried about training, as she's being trained in the discipline that I'm into, plus I know that I can always fine tune things later.
     
    06-25-2012, 07:26 PM
  #6
Trained
Lots of peops around here (BC) buy out of province, or out of the country & have the horse commercially shipped. Most do it not because the horse is cheaper, sometimes it is more expensive, they purchase out of area because they find a horse they want somewhere else. Most of them go to whereever the horse is, try it out, PPE, then buy. It's is not a matter of economics, it's a matter of selection. Personally, I would never buy a horse without seeing it in person & if it's is a riding horse, I would have to ride it.
     
    06-25-2012, 07:29 PM
  #7
Foal
Glad you have a trainer to help remember a seller is trying to sell the horse and may or may not be completely truthful regarding health, (why a vet check is so important from a separate vet) training (get as many videos as possible) and personitlity (they may jazz up the truth a bit)

Personally I click with most horses but some not so much, as a example there is a horse for sale at my barn who if I was to read her about her personitlity on paper I would think she was perfect: comes when called, very friendly, first one at gate, easy to catch, loves to be groomed, amazing undersaddle, broke broke broke Etc sounds perfect right? BUT I really don't like her, I find her annoying gets in your space, a real bit$& to other horses, pushy and I just don't click with her would NEVER buy her unless the price was so cheap I could flip her quickly for a good amount of cash.

Just something to think about that you would not be able to see from pictures videos
     
    06-25-2012, 07:30 PM
  #8
Yearling
Yeah, I know that purchasing a horse because it's cheaper isn't the best reason.. but I've been wanting my own horse for awhile, and I think that, if my trainer thinks that this horse looks to be pretty nice and if I get an indepth description of the mare and more videos.. then I might as well go for it. It's a risk, but it's one I'm willing to take.
     
    06-25-2012, 07:36 PM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Jumperforjoy    
Glad you have a trainer to help remember a seller is trying to sell the horse and may or may not be completely truthful regarding health, (why a vet check is so important from a separate vet) training (get as many videos as possible) and personitlity (they may jazz up the truth a bit)

Personally I click with most horses but some not so much, as a example there is a horse for sale at my barn who if I was to read her about her personitlity on paper I would think she was perfect: comes when called, very friendly, first one at gate, easy to catch, loves to be groomed, amazing undersaddle, broke broke broke Etc sounds perfect right? BUT I really don't like her, I find her annoying gets in your space, a real bit$& to other horses, pushy and I just don't click with her would NEVER buy her unless the price was so cheap I could flip her quickly for a good amount of cash.

Just something to think about that you would not be able to see from pictures videos
You did bring up good points. I did check out the seller's website and facebook page though, and it was a pretty nice facility. I'll be honest and say that I don't mind a horse who can be a bit of a cranky pants at times, because I once leased a mare who was an old grump but I cared about her quite a bit and cried when I had to switch horses because she couldn't jump.

I'm hoping the seller will be honest about any flaws though, which clearly there will be because this horse is a tad green still. I just know that eventually, I'd click with the horse once we both get in a mojo. It took me awhile to start to like Major but now he even comes cantering up to me in the pasture instead of making me walk a good five minutes to come get him.
     
    06-25-2012, 07:47 PM
  #10
Foal
If your trainer is a 100% on board I don't see the harm as long as you understand all the possible risks which sounds like you do.

Best of luck and keep us updated
     

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