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post #1 of 22 Old 08-28-2009, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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How far did you drive?

Okay so I'm really getting kind of annoyed. I've been interested in quite a few horses but their ALL over 3 hours drive! Thats a LOT of gas to be spending to "hopefully" find a horse that fits what I'm looking for.

Like, I found a guy with a few haflinger that i liked hes 4 hours away!, the TB I liked is 3hrs, and the mustang mare was 4 hours! YIKES!

How far would you or have you driven to go look at a horse? And how many times would you do it? lol
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post #2 of 22 Old 08-28-2009, 11:16 AM
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When I bought George, 10 years ago, he was 6 hours away. I did the trip three times, would stay the weekend and ride. I was 100% sure he was the horse for me.
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post #3 of 22 Old 08-28-2009, 11:44 AM
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Well, the horse I bought was less then ten minutes away, lol. But I looked at a few an hour to and hour and a half away. We had plans to look at one I think 4 hours away.

Someone in my barn flew to Ohio and Florida for their horse search, lol
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post #4 of 22 Old 08-28-2009, 11:45 AM
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The horse I'm looking at is 500 miles away. I don't mind driving that far (several times if need be) if we are a good fit for each other. Of course a long drive is a concern for both human and horse. But I look at it this way: it's a big commitment to obtain a horse, so if we're really right for each other then the drive will be low on the list of priorities for me.

If it's the right horse for you, it will be worth it!

Good luck with your search!

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We drove 1600 miles in 48 hours to get Arizona. He needed to be rescued. We did what we had to do.

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I look at a lot of video and photos before I decide to take a long drive. Sometimes I'll ask the sellers if they can bring the horse to meet me at a show that is half way in between. I was ready to drive 6 hours to see a horse in person, but decided to bite the bullet & buy the horse site unseen (had seen video & photos) and even asked the sellers to deliver the horse to me. Worked out great & love the horse!

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post #7 of 22 Old 08-28-2009, 01:01 PM
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I was really lucky with Remedy, she was only two hours away. I went to see her twice and then picked her up.

Tana was about 5 hours away, same as Dee.

Dillon was 4 hours away.
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I've traveled an hour and a half one way to see horses (not that that's so far in the grand scheme of things... WOW goldilockz !), but my horses have all come from within ten minutes of home.

My sis' QH was given to her by a friend of the family, and we drove over 3 hours one way to pick him up south of Akron.

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I drove 3 1/2 hours to my horse, but it was totally worth it in the end.
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post #10 of 22 Old 08-28-2009, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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See, the biggest issue with the distance is that I have to bring my instructor along and I KNOW shes not looking forward to multiple 4 hour drives. I think what i might end up doing is going to see whatever horse I'm interested in on my own. If I think its what I really want, THEN I'll bring my instructor back to check it out. :)
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