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post #1 of 16 Old 07-06-2011, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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When purchasing, how far do you travel to look?

There's a horse I want to look at but he is located an hour and a half away. I don't have my own trailer so I would likely have to pay to have him hauled here. He does everything I want but I don't want to go look if that is too far.

So how far away do you look? And do you have your own trailer?
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-06-2011, 10:03 AM
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I've gone as far away as 6 hours to look at a horse. If you limit yourself to only those in your immediate area, you may be missing out on the horse of a lifetime.

Yes, I have my own trailer.

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post #3 of 16 Old 07-06-2011, 10:09 AM
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I've gone as far a four hours and no, I don't have my own trailer. To me, even if the horse is far away, so long as he's perfect I don't mind paying for shipping.
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post #4 of 16 Old 07-06-2011, 11:04 AM
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As long as I don't have to put a horse on a boat or airplane, I'll go see him! So far the fartherest I've gone is about 6 hours.
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post #5 of 16 Old 07-06-2011, 11:09 AM
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I drove as many as couple hours when I was looking for my 1st horse (2nd one was kinda unexpected buy ). I didn't have trailer that time, but when I paid for my qh I agreed with owner to haul her to me (for extra, of course). Actually every time I went far to look at the horse I did let the owner know I don't have a trailer and asked if they can deliver the horse. Otherwise I'd probably won't even look...

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post #6 of 16 Old 07-06-2011, 11:17 AM
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I was living in PA in 2000 when I drove 700 miles to look at a horse in SC. I didn't buy the horse but I bought the farm instead.

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post #7 of 16 Old 07-06-2011, 11:47 AM
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The farthest i've gone is 4 hours. If youre worried, i would get them to send videos (UPDATED videos). When i bought my mare Chico i did not have a horse trailer so my dad rented. It was $100 a day, so he picked it up the night before & then took it back as soon as we got home.
You could always ask if they would deliver or perhaps if you know a friend who could lend you one...

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post #8 of 16 Old 07-06-2011, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the advice!! We went and looked at the horse today and he seems perfect! His owner agreed to a trial period and to trailer him for us for our trial. He goes english and western, does low level dressage and jumps. I am taking the trial period because he seems too good to be true...
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post #9 of 16 Old 07-06-2011, 08:49 PM
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Sounds great! My first horse was found 4 hours away and I didn't have my own trailer either.

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post #10 of 16 Old 07-06-2011, 09:22 PM
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My mom went to Mississippi to get her horses. We live in Virginia. I bought my ponies local..But I'm going to Texas to buy goats soon.. That's 24 hour drive. A full day. I would go that far for a horses.
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