We have looked so much, and I know that it is best to take time when buying a new horse for my 9 year old daughter. But, I can't help but get sad every time we look and it is not what was described to me. Or as today on our way to look at a horse and they decide not to sell it. That has happened more than I would have thought. Just need some good words to help me feel better, I am down in the dumps!
It took me a long time to pick out my first horse. I had that gut feeling when I saw my first horse for the first time that I just had to have him. I've always told my friends to not rush into buying a horse just because it's pretty. I've done that, & she was one of the worst horses I had ever been around, altogether, to me anyway. We butted heads all the time, yet I still loved her. I just knew that Clue had to be mine when I first saw him. He met me at the gate when the horse I previously went to look at didn't even raise her head from grazing. He nudged & loved all over me. & he's became my best friend & I wouldn't dream of ever selling him. It might take a while, but taking your time really pays off in the end! Good luck to you :)
KyMo, buying a horse can be lengthy and (sometime) frustrating process. Don't get discouraged just because you came across some advertised wrongly. It happens all the time. But it also helps to see more clearly what you want/what to look for (at least in my experience, it took me several months to buy my first horse, and most horses I went to look at were not what I expected (to put it lightly)).
Take your time. The last mare I bought was "post legged" so I got in writing a 72 hour return (minus $100 of the price paid) if she was not for me. I took her home and was unable to ride her the first 2 days due to complete down pours! Her being post legged was not a complete deal breaker....but after 30 mins into our first trail ride (didn't get that long when looking at her to buy) her stifle started to "pop" and "lock". That was a deal breaker because I was looking for a healthy, sane, trail horse....not a huge Vet bill and a horse we couldn't ride. I just returned her this past Tuesday. Take your time and if you can get in writing a 24, 48, or 72 hour return....it will give you peace of mind. That way you can take the horse home and give it a full trial without being limited during the "looking" process. Gives you time to have YOUR vet out to do a full work up.
I hear Ya'll. I have purchased 3 horses now who were not at all what they were listed to be and we could not ride them successfully. We however bought a very sweet mare in December who turned out to be pregnant and foaled a colt this past Sunday. We have decided to keep the colt and raise him the right way with the help a natural horsemanship trainers. This will be a challenge as well but at least we will know what we are getting