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post #1 of 11 Old 04-14-2011, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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how far away would you drive to check out a horse?

how far away would you drive to check out a horse? just wondering :)
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-14-2011, 05:01 PM
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It depends on alot of things I guess. My most recent horse was around 1 1/2-2 hours away and I was sooo excited to have found one (well, THE one) so close! The horse my sister bought (who is technically my most recent I guess since he's been dumped on me) we spent about 15 hours driving, but that included delivering a mule I'd sold (it was on the way though), and we looked at two horses not one (who were not exactly close together).

Right now I wouldn't have the money to drive to far, but then again I don't have the money for another horse either (not that I want or need one). But if I did need another, and I had some money saved up, I'd go as far as I could afford to for the right horse, but I'd have to be pretty sure it was the one, before commiting to going that far. What we did when we looked at the last horse (sister's, now mine) is we found several in the area that we could also look at if the one we went to see wasn't the one (which was the case, the first one was a definate no).

I've seen people not look at a horse because it's soooo far away, and it's an hour away, but then I'm guessing they have a much broader idea of what they are looking for then I do. And/or they may look at 10+ horses before finding what they are looking for, I rarely look at more then one when horse shopping, and if I had to look at that many it may get to expensive and that can affect how far someone would be willing to go and look.
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-14-2011, 05:12 PM
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It really depends.
When Im looking to buy one the first thing I do is make a list of "requirments" (what me or my client is looking for).
And a designated price range.
Last horse I found... was 8 hours away. I live in Central Florida and the horse was up in the pan handle almost to Alabama.
But she had all of the things my client was looking for..... So me and my client drove up with a trailer.

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post #4 of 11 Old 04-14-2011, 06:35 PM
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the farthest i've gone is 4hrs.

i suppose i should add that when i've been looking for a horse (whether for me or someone else) i/we typically end up going to see an average of 5 horses over any length of time.

like someone else said - i think a lot depends on the criteria you have for the horse you're looking to find.

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post #5 of 11 Old 04-14-2011, 10:11 PM
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The furthest I've gone is a 7 hour drive, and it was only because a dressage judge had offered to sell me a young warmblood mare (she wasn't going to sell her, but had heard I was looking for a horse). I also got a lesson on her FEI horse. Other than that, the furtherest would be around 3 hours.

I've got a friend who's flying across several states to try a horse. I think they're flying but it's something like a 4 day drive.

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post #6 of 11 Old 04-15-2011, 10:53 AM
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I drive four hours each way to look at my arab gelding and two days later made the drive again to pick him up!
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-15-2011, 11:22 AM
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i drove 11 hours when i got my mare. but before i got her i went al the way to vancouver canada and im from wisconsin.

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post #8 of 11 Old 04-15-2011, 01:30 PM
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Depends on how bad I think I want the horse. We drove around 3 hours to look at Norman. I'd probably go farther if I really liked a horse.

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-17-2011, 10:34 PM
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It would depend on how nice the horse was in a video and breed and training ect, I just bought my 2 from the barn I ride at(:

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-22-2011, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
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ok cool :)
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