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    04-29-2012, 12:28 AM
Buying Process?

OK so tommorrow I will make a 4 h trip to go see a horse I`m interested on buying.
So my "horse"friends cancelled me in the last minute so I will be going ALONE.....I know not the best idea.....BUT I come armed with my questionaire and my video camcorder.
I will not make a decision on buying this horse tommorrow so I figure I gotta drive where I gotta drive even if its all by myself....shock:

This is my crazey plan:
I go there check him out,ride him etc.....sleep on it. Either make a decision then or go back the following weekend and ride him a second time and then make a decision.
Now I`m 4 hours away should I get a vet from that area that I don`t know and get a vet check?
Would you guys think I should/have to be there or do you think its ok for the vet to report to me via phone?

Or do you guys think its rude If I would ask if they offer to bring him to my vet,pending a clear vet check and then I buy him,or better said I agree to buy him as long as the vet check goes good.

My friend bought her 2 horses from a broker 1 hour away and he offered to do that all for this normal practice?
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    04-29-2012, 12:52 AM
I also heard of people saying the agreed on a test run of 30 days...Is that normal?
I would say 2 weeks would be fine for me ,but my horse will have to sit in 10 day quarantine first so 30 days would have to be...what if you do it best to sign a contract?What should it state?
    04-29-2012, 12:56 AM
I had a 30 day trial with my TWH mare. The sellers had my check and held it until the 30 days was up. The contract said that I'd get the vet exam and if she wasn't found to be sound, she went back. I also stated that I intended to trail ride her and if she didn't suit, she went back. For their part, they wanted it in the contract that she was kept separate from the other horses and kept on the same feed and hay nutritional plan (to keep her from getting fat or thin, and to keep the other horses from tormenting her). Also, their part said that if she was injured in any way while she was on trial, vet bills were my responsibility and I would have to buy her. It all worked out great.
    04-29-2012, 05:59 PM
A lot of people are leery about trials... Here's what I would do: Go try out the horse. When you test ride, don't overdo it. If you get on and right away don't like him, be polite about it but say you don't think it will be a good match. If you do like him, don't ride for an hour. You should be able to tell pretty quickly if you feel like it could work out. Afterwards, try to make a decision. If you think you need to try him again, do so. If you decide you want him, I would suggest using a vet out there. I wouldn't ask if they'll bring the horse up to your vet- not without paying them adequately anyway, and even then I know I personally wouldn't do that. If you can be there for the vetting, that would be good. You could bring your trailer up with you, meet the vet, get the exam, and as long as the vet sees nothing wrong take him home with you then. If you want to ask about a trial, do it before the vetting though. Most owners will take a horse back if it turns out to be a bad match, but of course there are also plenty who don't want to take back a sold horse. I can't say I always agree with that, but if you buy the horse it's yours. Don't buy it unless you're sure. Also, if you could get a friend to go up with you (maybe for the second ride, should you like him and be interested) that would be better. I think it's helpful getting another opinion so you don't overlook any major issues and end up with a horse that isn't suited for you. Hope this helps, and good luck!
    05-03-2012, 08:52 PM
I went and rode him. I planning on riding him a second time this weekend.
The owner will not agree to a trial period,however the people who are selling him(he is on consingment) said if he would not work out I could trade him for another horse....
Here is my thing, as it looks like all my horse friends are all bussy this weekend so I will be going there alone ...again....that is disapointing,but oh well.
The people who are selling him are also the once who trained him,the guy is a trainer,he shows and he has also judged shows(from were I`m from) there reputation is very important to them,I would not think they would sell me a horse that they know something is wrong with it.....
So here is my question please don`t choke me through the pc screen
Can I risk it without a vet check?
If I get one of the vet from up there to do it...I don`t know him from anything he could tell me anything he wants...I would never see him after this again......
Taking that into consideration also....How many would or would not do a vet check?
    05-03-2012, 09:11 PM
I would not think they would sell me a horse that they know something is wrong with it.....
^ People do crazy things when money is involved, not to mention, there are more than a few things that could be wrong with a horse that they may not really know about, or do not think is an issue, etc.

I would HIGHLY recommend getting a vet check, I would never buy a horse without at least a general soundness check personally. I have never heard of just a random vet trying to trick you into buying a lame horse, I have heard of the seller's personal vets doing that though.

If you are worried, ask your own vet if they know any reputable vets in the area, and see who they recommend
    05-03-2012, 09:11 PM
Vet check always! Sometimes people get lucky but most of the time they aren't experienced enough to see that the horse has a problem or it's not visible to the naked eye and is internal.

But it is entirely up to you. Can't you ring up a well known vet and have them check her? Or if not a local one to their barn. I doubt he'd say "anything" that wasn't 100% true, especially if you made him write it all down. He went to vet school and his reputation would be on the line.
    05-03-2012, 09:14 PM
That's a difficult question... Of our 3 horses, only one of them was vet checked. Has my first horse been vetted, he probably would not have passed. That being said, he is a wonderful horse who we would never be able to part with. He served our purposes and now, though he is only sound for walk/trot, we still love him just as much. My mare has had no real problems that would have come up in a vetting, but the old owner was a friend of a friend kinda deal. My sister's horse was vetted and passed. We went all out on his vetting too. Before we purchased him, we had been planning on buying 2 other horses. Both of which were vetted, and completely and utterly failed. One of whom had a gigantic hole in his bone (part of his leg, I don't remember what part as it was a couple years ago) and would have likely wound up dead lame within a couple months of consistent work.

Anyway, I think it depends on what you need the horse for. If you plan on using him for high level competition, I'd get him vetted. If you just want a trail horse and it doesn't make a huge difference if he comes up lame for a week or two, don't worry about it too much. However, make sure you know what you're looking at and do a mini "check" yourself. Check his back and legs. Make sure his feet are big and have the correct angles and he's overall put together nicely. If you aren't sure, try taking some pictures and posting them on here.
    05-03-2012, 09:39 PM
If you do get a vet check, make sure it's not the seller's vet (the seller's vet should refuse anyway to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest).
    05-03-2012, 09:52 PM
Originally Posted by Horsey4me    
The people who are selling him are also the once who trained him,the guy is a trainer,he shows and he has also judged shows(from were I`m from) there reputation is very important to them,I would not think they would sell me a horse that they know something is wrong with it.....
So here is my question please don`t choke me through the pc screen
Can I risk it without a vet check?
You certainly can if you believe their reputation is strong enough. All our mares are from a local breedrr/trainer/instructor family that has been in the horse business for 40+ years. There business is based on their reputation. We didn't vet check any of our mares, and none have had any problems.
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