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        01-22-2008, 03:29 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I don't know where you are at but around here, $900 will buy you a real fine horse that'll do dern-near anything.
    Or two that can be at least rode.
    Matter of fact, if you look very long, it aint hard to find one that owner simply wants to give away....particularly weanlings.

    No way would I give that kind of money for a youngster that ya gotta tend to for 3 years before it can even be rode.
    But that's just me.

    DGW
         
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        01-22-2008, 04:06 PM
      #12
    Started
    Personally if you feel you want him, get him, and if you get him and don't like him, don't freak, he's a horse, and he can be sold.
         
        01-23-2008, 01:13 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I know there can be trouble with buying a horse site unseen - I bought a gelding sight unseen, and the poor thing was 250+ lbs under weight..He's kinda crazy, so I just sold him. I bought my one TB site unseen, and that's worked out OK, and I'm probably buying another TB site unseen.
         
        01-26-2008, 04:23 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Re: Buying a horse sight unseen?

    [quote="Jacki"]Am I crazy for even considering buying without seeing?quote]

    Yes, NEVER BUY A HORSE YOU HAVENT HANDLED IN PERSON. Only other option is to have a friend check it out for ya
         
        01-30-2008, 08:13 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AngelGurl
    I know there can be trouble with buying a horse site unseen - I bought a gelding sight unseen, and the poor thing was 250+ lbs under weight..He's kinda crazy, so I just sold him. I bought my one tb site unseen, and that's worked out OK, and I'm probably buying another tb site unseen.
    My sister bought a horse a few years back through pictures and video alone. She then paid to board him over the winter. When the hauler went to pick him up in the spring, he was a good couple of hundred pounds under weight. He was also a bit of a nut job (no fault of his own - but likely due to being off track along with other factors). He was sweet, and did well for her in some ways, but when she decided to move out of horses, she could not sell him. He had bad feet, got sore really easily, etc. etc. etc.

    I have bought horses sight unseen though...I believe I ended up REALLY lucky with how many things could go wrong or be wrong with the horse that you just can't see if not in person.
         
        01-30-2008, 08:20 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DGW1949
    I don't know where you are at but around here, $900 will buy you a real fine horse that'll do dern-near anything.
    Or two that can be at least rode.
    Matter of fact, if you look very long, it aint hard to find one that owner simply wants to give away....particularly weanlings.

    No way would I give that kind of money for a youngster that ya gotta tend to for 3 years before it can even be rode.
    But that's just me.

    DGW
    I don't think I would ever sell a weanling for under $1000. Of course I live in Alaska, where prices are higher.

    BUT, I also think that that is a MINIMUM price assurance that the individuals purchasing can afford to actually feed and care for the horse properly. I would rather keep and care for one of my babies than find out later it came to a sad end. There is also value to some people in getting a horse who has not yet been trained "wrong"...having a "blank slate" to work with (providing it is a good quality slate to begin with).

    AND, there is a lot more to a horse than just being able to get on and ride in my opinion. There can be valuable lessons learned by a foal before it is weaned that condition it to be an awesome horse in the future. I personally am looking forward to the next three years with our baby (due in April)...getting to play and train from the ground, and get a great foundation there before ever riding. A horse can learn most of what he needs to know from lessons on the ground or ponying with another horse in my opinion.

    Sorry for that tangent :)
         
        02-20-2008, 04:33 PM
      #17
    Foal
    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.
         
        02-22-2008, 06:12 AM
      #18
    Foal
    Ok Iím just going to clarify something that I think some people might have missed that I said in a previous post.

    ďOk so against everybodyís advice and probably my better judgment 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.Ē

    AK your spot on as to why I went for a weanling and not an older horse. I donít have to worry about other trainers and owners idiosyncrasies. I also hate not knowing a horsesí full history. Even the fullest history description is not going to tell you about, the time a branch fell out of a tree and hurt/scared the **** out of him out on a trail. Or the million and one other bad experiences that a horse may have had.
    There is just no substitute for raising and training your own baby when it comes to the bond between horse and rider.
    As for his price, everything in Aus has dropped in price because of the E.I breakout, and because of the lockdown, he was turned out and has had little handling. All his siblings from previous years sold for around four grand.
    Chicalove, your first horse has obviously had some of that bad history I was talking about.

    His lack of handling/training means nothing to me. Like I said, hopefully Iíll be one of the lucky ones.
    This doesnít mean Iím closing the convo here! Iíll keep you all up to date.
         
        02-22-2008, 03:40 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Oops, guess I missed that post.

    Well, with all those background checks you did talking to vets and previous buyers, I'd say then you did do the right thing. I said it wasn't very likely you'd get a crazy horse as he's only a baby (without mishandling like you said), but health concerns were there. But since you checked up on everything, he probably does not have health problems so.....


    Good luck with your new baby!!! Keep up posted.
         
        03-23-2008, 11:51 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Hi guys well he arrived! He is definitely under weight... not to say it isn't upsetting but, I can fix that.
    The great news is he is THE SWEETEST little thing!! Nothing faises him, it took two days to get here and he had never even seen a float, but the trucky guy was blown away "He just walked straight on AND off both days!! *scratching his head* " He loves ppl and follows me around everywhere. He had never seen a chook before and just walked over to them snifted them and walked away (even when they rushed away). He gets on well with the other horses. Had never had a bath before today, and was totally not fazed!?!? It's a little concerning sometimes :) He also has the prettest eyes, and amazing trot :)
    He looks worse here because he just hoped off the truck and is dehydrated and saw-dusty :)

    http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...s/DSC00270.jpg

    http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...s/DSC00263.jpg

    http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...s/DSC00261.jpg
         

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