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post #1 of 13 Old 05-25-2008, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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How far is too far?

How far do you think you would drive to buy a horse? I'm thinking of one in PA when I live in LA. I'm just wondering your opinion on this! I have heard of people shipping horses from England and places over there to the US for their jumping horses!

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-25-2008, 04:46 PM
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re: how far is too far

I would probably stick to the U.S. Honestly for peace of mind when making such a large commitment! Also, I'd be too eager to wait for the horse to come out of quarantine if I bought overseas! Haha. If I had the funds, I might looks overseas, but it would depend on what our political relationship is with the country i'm looking in.
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-25-2008, 05:12 PM
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Personally, I wouldn't go further than 2 or 3 states (depending on the state size of course). I can't imagine flying out to see a horse (I won't buy a horse unseen or untried) and THEN paying for overland shipping, especially considering how expensive any kind of travel is becoming these days.
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post #4 of 13 Old 05-25-2008, 05:31 PM
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I wouldn't go more than an hour or two away, but that's mostly because of how high gas prices are, plus having to pay someone to haul the horse for me. My farm charges $2 a mile, so personally I'd find a horse as close as I could!! I see other farms websites that only charge $0.60 and I wish I was near them. Lol.

Anyway, the pony you want is actually being trained at a farm in Monkton, MD - Tranquillity Manor Farm. I don't know if that's where you would go to look at him or not, but I just wanted to make sure you realized that. It's actually really close to me! They do hunter shows there for two different local assocations (HHSA and BCHSA.) (I read your other thread - he is gorgeous btw.)

Depending on where you are in LA, it's probably more than a whole day of driving! It's up to you whether or not you want to go that far for a pony.
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-25-2008, 06:00 PM
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I've never driven more than 3-4 hours to look at a horse. From LA to PA is a heck of a long way If you have the funds and can fly out to look at him, then set up a shipper if you decide to buy then go for it I think I would do it quick before the temps. Get too high for transport.


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post #6 of 13 Old 05-26-2008, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I think he's out of the question. I'm not sure if the rescue even adopts any further than 3 states away. There's a horse about 5 minutes away that I am in love with, and I have ridden him a bunch, so I know he's great.

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post #7 of 13 Old 05-27-2008, 06:12 AM
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I traveled to KY from MD's shore - it was about a 18 hr drive


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post #8 of 13 Old 05-27-2008, 11:24 AM
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It all depends on what you can afford. We have some people at our barn who have lots of money and were looking for a top level show horse and they drove in horses to try from across the country! (It was about $1000 each way for the professional shipper and they had to pay a hefty deposit on the horse). For most people that's not a possibility! I go as far as I can afford to pay for gas. The more I like the horses the farther I'll go. But it's pretty depressing to return home with an empty trailer after an entire day of driving!
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-27-2008, 12:00 PM
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But it's pretty depressing to return home with an empty trailer after an entire day of driving!
So true
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post #10 of 13 Old 05-27-2008, 12:08 PM
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With some rescues they adopt out a certain mileage away or hours away, so they can check up on the horse and everything. If you are still interested in him, I'd contact someone from the rescue and ask if they adopt out of state.

If you found a horse closer to you, I'd suggest going with him, and since you've ridden him, it might be better. Though it is totally up to you :)
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