Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
What is YOUR experience level, OP? I don't mean to be offensive, but from the nature of your posts it sounds like you're a beginner looking for your perfect first horse. Which is great! But difficult to do. Lots of people are 'shady' in the horse business (and lots aren't, don't get me wrong) and the type of place you're talking about sounds like one of the shadier types. While there are dealers / traders and then there are sales barns, both have the intention of getting your money, even if they also have good intentions and want to pair you with the right horse, certain things may be overlooked in an effort to sell you an animal, especially if you don't have enough experience to pick up on a horses bad habbits.
Have you taken lessons? Before you purchase a horse at all I suggest you take consistent lessons for a couple of months with a trainer in the discipline you would like to get into, once you have a good relationship with that trainer and once they know what you need in a horse they can help you find the right horse for you. Many trainers have connections with lots of different sales barns, and know the reputations of other trainers and other individuals selling horses.
Have you considered leasing first instead of buying right off the bat? Have you ever experienced caring for a horse 24/7?