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    07-18-2011, 09:29 AM
Red face buying from far away?

Quick question for all of you! Would you buy a horse from far away. This is the scenerio, you want an other person to look at horse other than you, but the horse is not in town. It is in place were you are taking vacation to (nopt too far, but too long of drive), so you can look at them but you want other people to look at them also. What would you do? Could you have videos taped of horse so they can see everything and email them to other people that are helping look at horse? Any recomendations please!
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    07-18-2011, 05:57 PM
Well, this is probably going to sound a bit "snobby",
But it's not meant to be...

I think it depends upon the value of the horse.

If you are looking to spend tens of thousands on a well-bred show horse that you must go to special breeders to find? Then distance should not be an object. And with that kind of purchase, you should be willing to pay travel expenses for whomever is accompanying you to evaluate the horse.

If you are spending just a few hundred dollars? I would think you'd be able to find plenty of good horses close to need to travel.

And if your purchase prospect is somewhere in between those two extremes? Then do what seems reasonable to you...

No need to break the bank on travel expenses if it's going to cost you more than the horse!
    07-19-2011, 10:00 AM
I know of a woman who bought a gelding sight unseen based on some videos. He was literally across the country from her. However, she was looking for an upper level dressage horse, so that's not exactly something you can find on every street corner.
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    07-19-2011, 12:43 PM
I wanted a draft cross and found Hugo at a Kentucky rescue farm. I'm in Mississippi. I ain't a petite flower and need a good size horse. There weren't any draft crosses in my area so I expanded a bit and found him on

There were many emails, faxes, telephone conversations and a road trip to meet him involved in the adoption process. He got here via Thoroughbred Transport.

He is far from perfect but he is evolving into a pretty darned good horse.

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