I bought TWO horses without checking them out. I was 11 and didn't know any better with the first one and she came from a friend, and the second horse my dad bought.
The first was on the top three on the list of craziest horses I've met. It would back up 10 feet to kick you, she bucked, reared, bit... you name it. She was my first horse, so it made things especially tough. I couldn't take her out of the arena without her trying to flip over backwards. If she saw grass.... that was the end of it. It would take three people to pry her out of it, and it took 3 people to bridle her.
My "best friend" at the time sold her to me and said "she's a great trail horse, bathes, clips, ties, loads, kids ride her, she walks out on trails. She's NEVER bucked or reared." Then after I bought her and saw what a mess she was I said to my friend "I thought you said...." and she goes "What? No, I can't imagine ever saying something like THAT about Capella."
The second one my dad bought over the internet for $1300 with all her tack (including a near new $1000 saddle...). The owner shipped her from Alberta to the Yukon where she was boarded on a farm for a few weeks while we made the trip up to get her. When we got to the farm and went to see her, we couldn't touch anywhere halfway passed her side and she kicked and bit and was unapproachable. The owner called "no sell backs" right away, so we were stuck with her. She was "ok" to ride. She bucked and bolted often enough, but was just spooking, not trying to throw you off. The owner told us she was 6 going on 7, but when we looked at her papers she was 3 going on 4.
My dad didn't want a horse he had to train, he just wanted a horse he could ride, so he put her in the pasture and left her alone refusing to touch her. He gave her to me last year, and since I've had her I totally turned her around. She's an angel now, and does anything I ask. She's a total pushbutton horse. I can leave her sit for a month and take her out on the trail and she just walks right out like she did it three times yesterday.
So what I'm saying here..... Sellers LIE. Not all sellers, but a lot out there do. Even by looking at the horse first you can still be fooled, but sight unseen is NOT a good idea
. You could end up with a crazy Capella (not that likely seeing how he's only a weanling) but he could also be horribly conformed and have like a gazillion diseases, or be like 200 pounds underweight or be lame... you get the picture. Those pictures could not even be of him. The guy may not even own the horse and he's just pulling them off the internet or taking pictures of his neighbor's horse and he might just steal your money.