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View Poll Results: How far would you drive to look at a horse?
2 hours or less 6 21.43%
4 hours 12 42.86%
8 hours 4 14.29%
10+ 6 21.43%
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post #1 of 18 Old 12-02-2010, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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How far would you go to look at a horse?

If you found a horse that was pretty much everything you were looking for..how far would go drive/go to look at/test ride it? Just curious what everyone elses opinions are
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post #2 of 18 Old 12-03-2010, 03:03 AM
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After exhausting all horses in my area, I would slowly work through horses that were 30 minutes away, then an hour away....1.5 hours away...2 hours away.

If that was still unsuccesful, then I would review what kind of horse I was looking at and why I was having issues finding one.

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post #3 of 18 Old 12-03-2010, 05:17 AM
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I quite happily drove 8 hours to look at a horse once. To be honest If the horse sounded like what I wanted and the Video and photos were good then I'd travel into mainland Europe to have a try. I've done an overnight stay to look at a horse!

I Never look at where the horse is untill after I've made my mind up to go and see it. You limit yourself quite alot if you set a time limit on how far you will travel.

I am very exacting in what I want in a horse and I am willing to travel for it if nessecary.

Reeco was close on 5 hours away from mums place so she drove to my house, stayed overnight and we did the 3 hour journey to see him the next day! Took me close on 4 hours each way when I went to pick him up!

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post #4 of 18 Old 12-03-2010, 05:33 AM
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I'm driving seven hours for a three day stay at a stud in two weeks to see if they have anything that might suit. I will go as far as I need to as I am very picky.
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post #5 of 18 Old 12-03-2010, 08:28 AM
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I looked at horses in canada once, I took a plane there, but I found nothing worth the shipping cost to wisconsin. My mare was 11hrs away which I really don't think is too bad. It sounds far, but I've gone farther to horse show than that. I would go pretty much anywhere in the US or canada, but I wouldn't go overseas.
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post #6 of 18 Old 12-03-2010, 08:30 AM
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I looked at horses in canada once, I took a plane there, but I found nothing worth the shipping cost to wisconsin. My mare was 11hrs away which I really don't think is too bad. It sounds far, but I've gone farther to horse show than that. I would go pretty much anywhere in the US or canada, but I wouldn't go overseas.
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that's a bit like me, I'd go anywhere in the UK or mainland Europe (it being only an hours ferry journey, or 45 mins on the euro tunnel). I wouldnt go to the states, Australia or NZ etc.

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post #7 of 18 Old 12-03-2010, 08:39 AM
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When I was looking for my boy I put an ABSURD amount of miles on my vehicle, not to mention the gas (OUCH) and hours! I think about 4 or 5 hours away by vehicle in all directions was about what I did...and everywhere in between. For months! Then of course, I found him in my backyard LOL about ten minutes away. Oh well. You go thru alot of frogs to find your prince
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post #8 of 18 Old 12-03-2010, 09:10 AM
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It would depend on what type of horse your looking for. The last horse I bought was just a trail horse and I traveled 2 hours 1 way to look at her. I made that trip 2 times. Now show and competition horses are a diffrent story. I was lucky enough to find my other mare 1 hour form me. BUT that was a extremly luck chance. Once in a lifetime situation. I been looking at new show prospects lately, and am doing much wider searches. Im looking for a much more specific horse and will be spending more money, so I am looking at states around mine. I simply can't afford more than that. Another thing to consider is shipping, I don't have a trailer of my own til spring, so...shipping will be of major consideration.

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post #9 of 18 Old 12-03-2010, 09:32 AM
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My farthest away purchase???

New Zealand ...

NEVER again ...

The shipping alone was a fortune (just under $15,000 once all was said and done ...) and that mare was the biggest and costliest mistake I have ever made in a horse purchase. In the end, she ended up being a $25,000+ purchase and once I had her here for a few months, I realized the issues she had were NOT going to be getting better anytime soon and I happily sold her at a huge loss to another breeder who didnt seem to mind the issues that she had

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post #10 of 18 Old 12-03-2010, 10:55 AM
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Driving... 4-5 hours seems plenty far to me. Buying a horse, they have came from IL, FL and OR. I live in SD
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