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How far would you go to look at a horse?

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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%
Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

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    12-03-2010, 12:56 PM
Green Broke
I think it does entirely depend on the type of horse you are looking for and your budget.

I was looking for a TOP competition horse on a fairly limited buget so had to be prepared to travel.

Most people I know who are looking for serious competition horses are willing to travel for them as they don't want to comprimise on thier standards.

Where as if I was looking for something to pootle round the roads on or play in the surf on then I don't think i'd be willing to travel as far for it!
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    12-03-2010, 12:56 PM
I prefer closer the better, but wouldn't limit myself (although finances might). I sold my mare to Tennessee (I'm in BC, Canada) when I left for Australia. Right now there is a flood of decent horses in my immediate vacinity.
    12-03-2010, 04:58 PM
Green Broke
Because I don't think it is nice to travel a horse much further, unless they are used to it
    12-03-2010, 05:53 PM
The farthest I have gone so far to look at and try a horse was about 4 hours, but I would go farther.

As an eventer, I need something that is very sound and will stay sound. Plus a large list of other things that make a horse suitable for the strenuous work that eventing is. Because I plan on competing at the upper levels within the next 10 years, I've given myself even higher standards than before, simply because I want my next investment to really be worth the money I pay and because I know how high the demands are on an eventing horse doing Preliminary (two levels under advanced/olympic level, not sure what it's called in other countries) and above. I want to be sure the horse I end up buying has the mentality, athleticism, and soundness to succeed, because as stuck up as it sounds, I compete to place top 5 or win, and anything less than that (even if it is a very good ride) is not good enough because I want to be constantly improving.
    12-05-2010, 11:53 PM
Well, I live in the city so the closest place to see a horse would be an hour away. I drove (or my mom drove haha) three and a half hours to see my horse, Sunny, because he seemed like everything we were looking for. My trainer spoke for a good amount of time with the owner and knew he was what we wanted. So, I think if you know the horse is close to what you want, it doesn't hurt to drive a while, though three and a half hour seemed like a lifetime.
    12-07-2010, 01:04 AM
I voted 4 hours but that would have to be for something really special. Typically a 2 hour travel time for me, and there are plenty of horses within that range.
    12-08-2010, 01:41 AM
I was previously in the +/-300 miles range from where I live, but I've found this horse I am really really interested California...and I'm seriously considering it <_<
    12-16-2010, 03:30 AM
I would go 6 hours if it was 4 me lol

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