02-13-2011, 01:31 AM
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Here is the problem with Camelot. (their facebook page)
You are buying a horse sight unseen. They are doing a very good thing there. Don't get me wrong. They are also making a pretty decent profit. Not to mention, people looking to dump a horse, they would rather dump them at Camelot. Why? Because they know that someone will save that horse, no matter how crazy/lame/old/thin it is.
I donate money to the rescue organizations that 'bail' horse from Camelot but as far as buying one for myself, no way. Too much risk. My friend wants to split a horse with me...go halves. She wanted a gelding out of Camelot. Nice guy, great breeding, good conformation, 8 years old and 'supposed to be broke to ride'. Now the ladies at Camelot were swearing up and down that he was the nicest little horse ever. But he was led through the auction. To me, that is a huge red flag. Was he led through because he is unsafe to ride? Because he is lame? Because he hasn't been ridden in years? Or simply because the seller didn't want to pay to have someone ride him?
It is a tricky situation up there. It is a buyer beware world. For what you pay for at Camelot, by the time you get them home (transport is big money) and quarantined (more money) and vet checked (more money) you are WAY over 1K. And for 1k, in Western PA, you can get a registered TB with the basics done.
Now if you were to go to the auction yourself, there are still huge risks. It is easy to buy on emotion.
I would keep looking. Camelot has nice horses but in my little opinion, they are over priced (because they can be) and sometimes, people will pay that price just to 'save' the horse.