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    01-26-2012, 10:32 PM
  #1
Yearling
Have you bought a horse sight un seen?

I always thought it was quite common for people to buy horses they have not rode or seen. My trainer has bought a lot of horses over the internet and has not had any troubles. I have thought about doing so my self, being in BC I do not have many choices. So what's your opinion? Have you ever bought a horses from across the country? Problems?
     
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    01-26-2012, 10:37 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Nope never ever bought something unseen, even youngstock.

It can look like the worlds greatest horse but unless you can be there and run your hands over it, assess its temprement and just see if you and it get on then you can't truely assess a horse.

I personaly need to meet a horse before I buy it so that I know he and I click and get on. Couldnt bare to have a horse that I didnt like as a person.
     
    01-26-2012, 10:47 PM
  #3
Trained
I've bought horses from Minnesota, California (2), and South Dakota, all sight unseen.
One from California died on me after nine days and screwed me over royally, but the other three (well, I still have one coming up in April in Cali - got insurance this time) I haven't had a problem with.
Do your background checks, get a respected opinon on the horse from someone local. I'll probably do it again.
     
    01-26-2012, 10:49 PM
  #4
Trained
Not really...
Zorro used to be in his string of pickup/bull roping horses for a rodeo company he used to work for. So even after 4 years the people owned the horse and we bought him and shipped him to us.

I think its hard enough buying a horse even when you go look at him let alone just looking at some pics in an ad or email.

Unless you have someone who's opinion you value go take a look at the horse before committing then you are taking a gamble. If you are unsatisfied not only are you out the cost of the horse but shipping as well...which isn't cheap.
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    01-26-2012, 10:51 PM
  #5
Started
I bought 5 out of the 6 horses I have currently sight unseen. And am very happy with all of them :) That won't always work out obviously and I wouldn't recommend it per say....it has worked fine for me though.
     
    01-26-2012, 10:53 PM
  #6
Yearling
Yes, and I got a beautiful, healthy horse. If I had actually known my limits and what I was CAPABLE of doing, it might have worked out.
     
    01-26-2012, 10:56 PM
  #7
Showing
I never did and probably never will. I have to look at the horse to make my decision (and ride if it's old enough and broke). I'm too afraid I can get something I won't be happy about.
     
    01-26-2012, 11:01 PM
  #8
Yearling
Yes I have bought 4 Icelandic horses sight unseen, one was imported from Iceland, and I have bought 2 paints site unseen, all have turned out to be great horses, just what was advertised. I guess I was lucky.
     
    01-26-2012, 11:01 PM
  #9
Foal
I personally wouldn't do it. I've heard many many horror stories where the horse has behavioural issues or bad conformation ect.
Also BC has a big horse community... you should be able to find a lot of options within the province
     
    01-26-2012, 11:05 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by horsemom2be    
I personally wouldn't do it. I've heard many many horror stories where the horse has behavioural issues or bad conformation ect.
Also BC has a big horse community... you should be able to find a lot of options within the province
Sure, for jumpers and other English riders but not reiners or cutters.
     

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