When to start looking for a horse?

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    11-25-2011, 01:18 PM
When to start looking for a horse?

I am looking to buy in February.

Do you think it is too early to start looking and contacting owners?

How long did you shop around for a horse before you found yours?
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    11-25-2011, 01:40 PM
I know I am probably going to bring your hopes down, but it took 3 years for me to find Casey. Yes, definitively start looking now, it may take a while, but as a warning, you may get lucky and find a horse really soon, so you could have a horse a couple months before you were ready.
    11-25-2011, 01:50 PM
If you're not ready to buy now, unless you're planning to buy from a large breeder, I wouldn't start bothering sellers. They're looking to sell their horses now, not 4 months from now.

To be sure, you can and should research the types and breeds of horses in which you're interested, but you should hold off on actually contacting sellers until you're ready.

Too many tire kickers out there and people saying, 'I LOVE your horse, but I'm not really in the market right now.' tend to annoy a seller. After all, they're spending their time and energy showing someone a horse who has no real intention of buying.
    11-25-2011, 02:00 PM
Thanks for the replys. I know exactly what characteristics I am looking for in a horse. This isn't my first horse. But I havent' purchased a horse in over 10 years.

I did however find a horse that I am very interested in. I e-mailed the owner and told her exactly what time frame and everything that I was working with.

I will not waste anymore of her time until the time comes for me to purchase.
    11-25-2011, 02:10 PM
LOL OP, I know how that dilemma feels. I'm selling some horses here, but want to buy one to go forward with.

I'm looking at ads to get a feel for what I really want, and have asked some questions from sellers. There have been some horses that I would really really like to have gone and seen, but I'm not in a position to buy so that is just one step to far for me.

There have been a couple that I really wanted to see, so have explained the position to the buyer, strangely no one has said come and ride anyway
    11-25-2011, 02:14 PM
It's fine to do first contact with someone about their horse and give them your planned time frame.

What's not fine is to go out, try the horse, THEN tell the seller you're not in the market just yet. Sounds like you're not one of those types.

If the horse is still on the market when you're ready to buy (likely, considering the economy), you'll have a leg up since you've already made contact.
    11-25-2011, 05:35 PM
I looked for 4 months without the money, just looking up ads and saving them contacted a few because I was selling a horse/ saving money. I just said I was selling and would be back in contact when I had mine sold, normally they said they would let me know if they did sell. I tried out a few horses that were friends horses, that's it. I had people in the same position contact me. I didn't go try out anything or make arrangements to until I had money in hand then. No sense in wasting someones time and torturing myself in case I liked the horse.
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    11-25-2011, 05:42 PM
Green Broke
Hmmmm, good question. I believe I started looking about 2-3 months before I was actually ready to buy. I wanted to buy the best my money could buy, and what was best for me.....soon after I bought my guy, actually that night, I got an email back from an Andi/Morgan cross filly that I was in LOVE with.....but whats meant to be is meant to be, and I wouldnt trade my little guy for the world!

If you do start looking now, just let the owners know that you can't buy right away, and just to let you know, be aware that looking this early usually means that the horses your interested in, will probably sell (or might not) before your ready to buy, this happened to me several times.

And like other people have said, do as much research as possible, even if you have been around horses for quite some time. I spent 15 years or so with horses, buying and owning, to me anyways is a completely different experience!! Good Luck
    11-25-2011, 08:36 PM
Originally Posted by BarrelRacer23    
No sense in wasting someones time and torturing myself in case I liked the horse.
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Thats exactly the problem. I found one that I really like. Well as much as I can like without going out and testing. But the asking price is $20,000. So I am hoping that he will take a while to sell. He has already been on the market for a couple of months.
    11-25-2011, 10:23 PM
Agree with Speed Racer. If you don't have the money or inclination to buy right now, don't waste sellers' time.

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