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post #1 of 25 Old 09-21-2007, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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Buying a horse sight unseen?

Hello everybody :)

I am from The Hunter (NSW) and I have recently come across a weanling for sale that I really like the look of. He is on a big stud farm in southern Qld and because of the EI I can't go see him. The owners have sent me photos, and say that he can agist with them free of charge till the ban is lifted, only if I pay in full. I am very nervous about sending money to another state, to people I don't know, for a horse that for all I know doesn't exist, let alone be the same horse that I have seen photos of. I should mention that he is only $900 BUT we all know that purchase price is the cheap bit.

Please I would love to hear some opinions and experiences. Am I crazy for even considering buying without seeing?

Thankyou for your time, Jacki :)
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post #2 of 25 Old 09-21-2007, 08:01 AM
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it's sounds fishy to me....with the El ban where can this colt go?, no where!!!, i would never give that amount to any one i did not know, no matter how presured i felt, there are too many scam artist out there who will do any thing to get at your money. i would tell him untill you get to see the colt in person that no money will be exchanged...it might loose out on a colt, but you'll have the $900 in your pocket safe and sound

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post #3 of 25 Old 09-22-2007, 12:25 AM
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and also the thing with the EI ban is almost noone is buying horses or even going to look at them so ud still be in with a chance that hed be available after the ban is lifted. also why cant u go see him with the ban its horses not people ( isnt it ) also with the current prices of horses for sale know and the amount of people getting out of horses u will aways find another
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post #4 of 25 Old 12-10-2007, 10:33 AM
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do not buy it!
he could just be getting photos of the internet
especially as you cant go see him
in a different state
i strongly suggest you do not buy him x
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post #5 of 25 Old 12-11-2007, 09:56 PM
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Well i think this is a bad idea. But its your choice. If you so decide to purchase this horse, could you send them half the money and then send them the rest when you get the horse?

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post #6 of 25 Old 01-06-2008, 12:17 PM
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it's sounds fishy to me....with the El ban where can this colt go?, no where!!!, i would never give that amount to any one i did not know, no matter how presured i felt, there are too many scam artist out there who will do any thing to get at your money. i would tell him untill you get to see the colt in person that no money will be exchanged...it might loose out on a colt, but you'll have the $900 in your pocket safe and sound
ya, I agree, and about as long as the foal doesn't have any leg deformaties and wasn't started yet (which he isn't) then I don't see any prob with not seeing the horse before purchase

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post #7 of 25 Old 01-09-2008, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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ya, I agree, and about as long as the foal doesn't have any leg deformaties and wasn't started yet (which he isn't) then I don't see any prob with not seeing the horse before purchase
What ???

Ok so against everybodys advice and probably my better judgement I did buy the colt... But i rang just about the whole town and the local vets to see that she was a genuine breeder, and I also spoke to previous buyers, or and surrounding breeders.
It might still be a mistake... we will see. Which ever way it turns out it will be a story you guys can learn from and pass on to your friends :) lol, I'm praying it will be a good story.

Trying to put some pics up but it's proving harder than I thought.
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post #8 of 25 Old 01-19-2008, 09:31 PM
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I've heard of people buying some horses this way but you're taking a lot of risks unless you get a lot of people involved. Have they given you a video? I would definately recommend requesting one, just because they say he's sound or laid back doesn't mean he really is. It's hard to tell if a horse is exactly what you want unless you see him face to face, or send someone you really trust to check him out for you. I've tried so many horses that people promised were one way (and so ignorant they even believed they were) and were something completely different. I tried a pony once that this lady promised had a lead change but was "a little rusty". Once I got out there she clarified that she meant that he probably would be able to learn how to do it pretty quickly because he's done them once or twice. :roll: I would also highly recommend finding a reputable vet in the area to check him for soundness, etc. He can maybe even tell you a little about his temperment by how he responded when he was getting examed. This will answer the question of if this horse even exists. You could even ask him what kind of reputation these people have and find out if they're worth dealing with. Even once you buy him details of liability are always in question. Are they going to let you board this horse for free until you can come out and get him yourself? If so, what do they benifit by doing that? What happens if you buy him and he gets injured while he's out there? Do you trust these people to properly take care of him if he officially belongs to you? Etc etc. It can be done, but do you think you can cover all of your bases and not risk potentially getting screwed over?
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post #9 of 25 Old 01-21-2008, 05:45 AM Thread Starter
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Baby Cas Two Days (I don't know why the colour has gone funny on this one)

6Months



11Months

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These are FAR from the only pics I have
He's going through a really awkward stage atm, just growth spurts but thats why only the cute face one of him now. I think mums are spose to be blind to that sort of thing.
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post #10 of 25 Old 01-21-2008, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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p.s. yes that gray next to him is his mum.
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