how far away would you drive to check out a horse? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 04-14-2011, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: australia
Posts: 196
• Horses: 2
how far away would you drive to check out a horse?

how far away would you drive to check out a horse? just wondering :)
ArabianLover2456 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 11 Old 04-14-2011, 04:01 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 985
• Horses: 0
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.
haviris is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 04-14-2011, 04:12 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 879
• Horses: 5
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.

Many people have sighed for the 'good old days' and regretted the 'passing of the horse,' but today, when only those who like horses own them, it is a far better time for horses. ~C.W. Anderson
Cowgirl140ty is online now  
post #4 of 11 Old 04-14-2011, 05:35 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 1,539
• Horses: 4
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.

Last edited by crimsonsky; 04-14-2011 at 05:38 PM.
crimsonsky is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 04-14-2011, 09:11 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 627
• Horses: 5
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.

...Every rider has that one horse that changes everything about them...
ellygraceee is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 04-15-2011, 09:53 AM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 246
• Horses: 1
I drive four hours each way to look at my arab gelding and two days later made the drive again to pick him up!
Posted via Mobile Device
Countrylady1071 is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 04-15-2011, 10:22 AM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 5,695
• Horses: 3
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.

Gypsy & Scout <3
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein
gypsygirl is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 04-15-2011, 12:30 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Middle-of-Nowhere, Illinois
Posts: 2,225
• Horses: 1
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.

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is ultimately to be at peace with himself.
What a man can be, he must be.
" Abraham Maslow, 1968
Jessabel is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 04-17-2011, 09:34 PM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Goat Country with Tia
Posts: 1,977
• Horses: 2
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(:

"The hand should be a filter, not a plug or an open faucet."
kayleeloveslaneandlana is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 04-22-2011, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: australia
Posts: 196
• Horses: 2
ok cool :)
ArabianLover2456 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Teaching a Horse to Drive? lilruffian Horse Training 11 01-30-2011 05:01 PM
Horse Drive - Attire? lawmjm Western Riding 0 09-21-2009 01:17 PM
Colorado horse drive baker Horse Riding 0 04-18-2009 07:05 AM
Were to go for getting a horse broke to drive...? twogeldings Driving 8 11-18-2008 03:16 PM
How far do you drive to visit your horse? free_sprtd Barn Maintenance 44 07-26-2008 04:10 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome