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post #1 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question Site Unseen - Safe?

Hi everyone --

I've been looking and talking to a horse owner about a gorgeous 18.2hh Hanoverian X Belgian horse for sale. Only negative thing, is that the horse is in Colorado. It's almost impossible for me to take off right now and take a plane there to look at him.

Has anyone else bought a horse without ever seeing it face to face and riding it? I've only seen pictures, and videos. The horse will obviously be thoroughly checked by a Vet and have their coggins done. Besides that, how risky is it?
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post #2 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 11:27 AM
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Pretty risky. My mom did it for her mare, without having a vet look at her before hand. Turns out she has a slight stifle issue (which really isn't that bad, my mom rarely rides) and was infested with lice, which was then passed on to the other two, but we were so lucky that nothing else was wrong. I would pass on it, as nice as the horse sounds, you don't know if the owner is only telling you things you would want to hear, it could have some underlying issues, and once you buy it, it's your problem.

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post #3 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 11:47 AM
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I have tried many many horses, and I have ridden twice for ones that have prospect. I want to make sure I fit the horse.

Beware with such big horses with joint issues. I had an 18hh mare and at seven in very light work she already had light arthritis due to the pure size of her.

I also want to know the person I am selling a horse too, you can only find out so much over phone and email ;)

Best of luck!
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post #4 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 12:03 PM
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It can work, work well or badly, because we live in the middle of nowhere as far as Haflingers are concerned I did it a lot:

1) Horse was as described, apart from the novice ride, she was quite reactive, if I had of seen her in the flesh I would of passed. It didn't help that she didn't have one pace that I liked. Great brood mare, but not good under saddle.

2) Disaster, MUST HAVE vetting done, this mare was cheap enough that I chose not to vet, cost me a lot, the mare was never good for anything.

Anyway I would maybe do it for a broodie, not a saddle horse
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post #5 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 12:15 PM
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I have but only with someone I know vouching for the horse and whether it will be what I need or from a buyer I have previously bought from and trust. Either way I have the horse vet checked first or have agreement that it can go back if I get it and it isn't as agreed or fails the vet check. I usually write a post dated check and call the bank to let them know so it doesn't get processed before the date written so I can cancel it if need be.
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post #6 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 12:26 PM
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I would never buy a riding horse sight unseen. I want to ride the horse myself to make sure we match, and make sure what the owner said was true. But to each his own. Just know that if you buy the horse sight unseen and something isn't right, it is your own fault. Buyer beware.

Now if the horse is not broke the ride and is just a prospect, I have bought sight unseen before. There's not quite as much to it, if you can't ride the horse. But again, "buyer beware" still applies.

So as long as you are okay accepting a issues that might arise because you didn't look at the horse first, go for it. But if you can't handle it financially or emotionally, then you'd better go look at the horse before you buy.

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post #7 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 12:29 PM
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The only two horses that worked for me was the two I bought through telephone conversations and internet pics. The others I had on trials and had tested never did... Go figure .... but I think I just lucked out. I was once looking online at a horse and found someone online that was experienced and they went and tested the horse for me. They were great and with their feedback I did not buy. Check for barns in and around that area and see if someone would go out and check it out.
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post #8 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 12:29 PM
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I honestly wouldn't buy a riding horse sight-unseen. Too much can be wrong, from hating the horse's movement to something wrong that you can't see in video. Even with a vet that is impartial, you really want to be there to ask questions.
The exceptions, for me, are:
- young stock. Non riding aged horses from reputable breeders.
- a horse from a trusted friend or trusted party, or one you can have a trusted party see in person.
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post #9 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 12:35 PM
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Agreed..if oing to be used for riding you need to make sure you like how the horse goes. For example, I am on the hunt for a fourth level+ dressage prospect. I found a gorgeous mare, 9 y/o, 16.3, showing third, schooling fourth with alleged (no verifiable scores) scores in the 70s and a great price. I spoke with the owner at length for over a week and this mare sounded perfect..calm, sane, not extreme mare issues and great movement. I made the decision to go to Tennessee to see the bust. She was attitude incarnate and we had no connection at all. The mare has gorgeous movement, no lie there, but, she needs someone with as much mare attitude as she has.
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post #10 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 12:44 PM
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My friend did, it worked out. I wouldn't call her perfect. When she got up here from N Carolina she was 300 lbs under.weight, hardly neck reined, and wouldn't hold her gait (twh). She was opposite of what she looked/seemed like in the video and photos. In the end she has worked out despite all her short comings, especially when we thought we were getting a broke to death push button goes anywhere trail horse.
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