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post #1 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Getting a horse sight unseen?

One of my freind's aunt and uncle want to get rid of their 7 year old Arabian. He asked me if I was interested and I said I'll look into it. They live about 4 hours away and I don't have any chances to go down and look at the horse, and the owner said he'd bring the horse up if I want it. I'm going to call the guy and get more details on the horse, because all I know is that he's an Arabian, 7 years old, and black. I'm having a hard time because like I said it's "sight unseen". What do you guys think?

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post #2 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 09:19 PM
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No, thank you. Unless it's a foal from a reputable breeder or someone I trust completely, it's not worth the headache and possible heartache. Especially a horse that's saddle-aged, there's probably a reason that the person is giving it away instead of selling it.


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Will money be changing hands? If not and you have the facilities to keep him, I say go for it if you want but have a couple of contingency plans in place in case things don't work out as hoped.
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If it's a freebie, jump in, get your feet wet. If you don't like the horse you can always sell it. Arabs are awesome. Old souls.
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Will money be changing hands? If not and you have the facilities to keep him, I say go for it if you want but have a couple of contingency plans in place in case things don't work out as hoped.
Ever taken on a "free" horse? Generally they cost more in upkeep (training, vet bills) than a horse you pay a decent amount for.


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I say ask for pics and the phone # of the vet they use.

Jut because you can't physically go see it doesnt mean you can't make inquiries about it

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No, he's free. I'm going to call the couple and get all the details, but its hard because it's one thing to see the horse in action and his behavior, then it is to talk about it over the phone. I mean, what do I even ask?

If I got him I'd board him. I don't own a horse myself. I've always been hired by different people to ride and exercise and train their horses. And I don't want to get him, see he's a bad horse, and then have wasted money boarding him. But, since he's free, if it doesn't work out I can sell him possibly.

I'm weary about this whole thing and am thinking about backing out of the situation...

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post #8 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 09:26 PM
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If it's a freebie, jump in, get your feet wet. If you don't like the horse you can always sell it. Arabs are awesome. Old souls.
What forum am I on??

Before you ... "jump in, get your feet wet" ... OP, how much experience do you have? Do you have a trainer to work with?

Arabs, unfortunately, are a tougher sell to begin with because of various stigmas against them. You can't say that you can just "always sell it" if it doesn't work out - what if the horse has lameness issues? Training issues? Other issues that cost the OP money and make it unmarketable?

Be very - very - careful with free horses. They're free for one reason or another.


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yeah, I don't know why they're getting rid of him.

And the vet thing is another one of my big concerns.

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post #10 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 09:29 PM
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Definitely ask for pictures. Ask why they are selling him. Ask for any health issues. How much experience do you have with horses will be a big factor in this as wel.

I may seem small, but if you mess with my horse, I will break out a level of crazy that will make your nightmares seem like a happy place.
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