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post #1 of 9 Old 12-01-2010, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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Online Horse Sales

has anyone had experience buying or selling horses over the internet.

I would be very interested to hear your stories.... I am writing a guide to buying horses online, so any first hand experiences would be fantastic.
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-01-2010, 11:22 AM
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I found Rook on Horsetopia. It was a very very nice experience all the way around. I had looked at a few, but he's the only one that I went back to look at a second and third time. The lady I bought him from is actually one of my best friends now. She's very helpful, and even took us to see a trainer this past Friday. She trailered him down, and I didn't end up paying for anything except for dinner...which I insisted on doing. The trainer was very nice and she worked with both of us for 3 hrs. I'm planning on going back down, maybe in Jan, to stay a week and let her work with both of us some more.

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-01-2010, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Oh that sounds like a great experience, did you buy the horse sight unseen or did you have to go an d have a look at it before you bought it
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post #4 of 9 Old 12-02-2010, 09:13 AM
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I looked at him and rode him. Went back and trail rode him. Then the third time, I rode him more, played with him for a little while...just the two of us in the ring to see how well we could communicate on the ground; and brought him home the next day.

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post #5 of 9 Old 12-02-2010, 09:20 AM
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I have both bought and sold online, I bought my yearling TB about 2 years ago online, he was about 1.5 hours away from me and I went to look at him first (although I already knew unless there was something REALLY wrong with him, there was no way I was leaving without buying him) I really loved looking online, it put me in touch with so many people, that were within driving distance, but I would have never seen if it werent for the internet.

My friend had about 12 ponies that she wanted to get rid of at the same time I bought my horse. I told her that I would sell them for her. It was so easy, I posted pictures and a description online, and then people either called or emailed, and set up appt's to see them. We had two ponies that were bought site unseen, and then we also sold a yearling appendix out of Art I sweet for over 5K site unseen to a lady in Michigan (we are in Maryland) I couldnt believe that someone would pay over 5K for something that they didnt even come to see first.

Love the online selling.
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-02-2010, 09:29 AM
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I have bought three horses online. One from Oregon, big 17.2hh Saddlebred that I sold when my granddaughter needed a kidney transplant. Second was a Clydesdale out of Florida, my son and granddaughter rode her. She spent 5 years with us before her untimely death. She is buried in my son's yard :) Third was a an APHA buckskin who spent too many years as a broodmare to want to be a riding horse again. She came to us from Illinois. So she was sold and back to being a broodmare.

All were ok purchases. Horses were as described for the most part. Buckskin mare didn't have as much riding time as was stated and would rear when asked to leave the property. Other horses were excellent and Vickie the Clydesdale was exceptional!
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-03-2010, 11:05 AM
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I have bought and sold a number of horses online with great success. The key is to make sure you go see the horse because you have to sort through all of the people who either don't know anything about their horse or might be "sugar coating it". Most people I have found are honest, but you will get the few that try to tell you their horse is the best out there, then when you go see it the horse is a spooky basket case.
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post #8 of 9 Old 12-03-2010, 12:44 PM
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Buying and selling horses online can be difficult. More often than not, people leavve out VERY important information . I think the bottem line is that you must always go and look at the horse and talk in person. I also strongly ALWAYS suggest a vet check, because more often than not horses have one or two things (whether small or big) that owner's may "forget" to leave out. Also, still do this even if the last checkup was recent. Hope that helps!
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post #9 of 9 Old 12-03-2010, 01:03 PM
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When I put my Percheron mare up for sale, I only posted ads online. I got tons of feedback (although I believe I underpriced her after she was sold). People were generally very interested, polite and willing to drive 7+ hours to come see her. I didn't pay a dollar, and even the ads with no pictures produced lots of picture requests. I would certainly post online ads again.
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