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post #1 of 7 Old 08-18-2010, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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How many visits before buying

How many visits do you generally make to a potential horse before you make the buy decision?

For my first mare, I made 3 visits. For my gelding I made the mistake of only visiting once (although to be fair, I'm not sure the issues I had with him would have been discovered even after several visits).

Right now I'm horse hunting and am making my third visit this weekend. I'm thinking that one, then going out for the vet check, for a total of 4 visits, should be enough to have a really good feel for whether he's the right match.
(The problem is that I already think of him as "mine" I'll be pretty devastated if it doesn't work out at this point )

What do you think? How many times does it take before you feel comfortable that you've seen enough of the horse in enough different situations to make him/her your own? How many times did you go see your current horse(s) before making an offer?
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-18-2010, 05:40 PM
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Wow you have a very patient seller. I have ran into a couple doosies that only want to sell and get rid of them. I myself would rather buy from a person trying to find a good home. So to answer your question I have only made one but haven't bought anything yet. lol Good luck!!!

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-18-2010, 06:12 PM
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So far I have made 3 visits to the mare I am buying. I just recently gave him the first half of the money. So when I pick her up and give him the rest of the money will be visit four.

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-18-2010, 07:55 PM
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I made three visits to my first mare, first visit was just to look and then i watched the owner ride her, then the second visit was for me to ride her, then the third i took her home. My second mare i got on a 2 week trial which is always fantastic, trials are very nice but not all sellers are willing to do that which is completly understandable.

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-18-2010, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, in this case I've been very fortunate.
They keep telling me to take all the time I need. They want to make sure I'm happy, and they want to make sure their horse will be happy. They are in no hurry to sell (they have 11 horses... what's one more or less, LOL).
Which works great for me, because I hate feeling pressured to make a decision about something as important as a horse. Although now I'm starting to get restless to just take him home :) I only have a couple concerns, which will be addressed this weekend, and then will make sure the vet check goes ok.

I was thinking about seeing if I could just get the vet to come during my next visit, but one of the owners (they're a husband/wife) is out of town, and I'm pretty sure she would want to be there to see how things go and answer any questions that come up.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-19-2010, 12:05 AM
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I guess it depends on the horse and the situation. I don't buy alot, bought more over the past year then I have in probably 10 years, not for me though. When I bought my mare I made an offer the first visit, had to come back a few days later to get her though (didn't bring a trailer). Also bought a pony, and only needed one visit, but I already knew she'd be a project.

Bought my sister's horse on one visit, but he was to far away to leave and come back.

Don't know if she counts, but I also helped the neighbor's daughter to find a horse. We visited her 3 times, BUT the first time we weren't actually there to see her, we were buying the pony. When the neighbor asked me to help her sale her current horse and find one more suitable for her, we went without them to try this mare out (their horse hadn't sold yet), and brought them back after their other horse sold.

For my dad's we visited twice, met him the first time, and came back the next day and tried him out w/ the trailer.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-19-2010, 12:35 AM
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With all of my horses, I bought on the first visit. Most of my purchases have been projects and you wouldn't believe the bargaining chip it is when you show up *with* your trailer the first time.

If I were looking for another horse that I wanted to be already well trained...I would expect 3 visits. I would probably sneak in the last one. People are crazy and sneaky...if you suspect that something is up, it probably is.

I just sold my last horse and this girl has visited him twice a week since the first time she saw him. She gave me a deposit to hold him while she made the final decision. I thought it worked out pretty well. If you are looking that hard though, be prepared to throw some cash at the situation. If they are just looking to unload the horse...they arent going to tolerate several visits.
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