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        07-29-2013, 01:12 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I got my mare that way sort of.. I did pick her up, and I had a two week trial period. But I paid for her in full before ever seeing her in person and drove two and a half states away to get her.
    She is the best horse I've ever had and made my decision with photos/videos of her only.
    Of course things could go wrong, in my case it worked out pretty well.
    Maybe see about getting a one-two week trial period to make sure the horse it what you want? Have a contract stating that you get the full payment back or whatever should the horse not work out for you.
         
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        07-29-2013, 01:21 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    I would pass.
    As one member said, the sheer size of an 18.2hh horse means more health issues, particularity in the legs.
    I did this once. The pony sounded perfect. The owner sent us over 20 videos of her competing, being hacked out at home, being tacked up, schooling. She looked and sounded perfect.
    The thing we didn't consider was that she could have been sedated in every video. We thought she was just laid back.
    When we got her home, the sedation was starting to wear off. We got her out of the horse box, and then we knew something was desperately wrong. She was literally stone mad. No amount of work could help her. Every single person who got up on her was thrown off and nearly killed. I never even rode her.
    In the end she was put down. She was just too dangerous.

    If this happened with an 18.2hh horse, you wouldn't be able to control it. A horse of that huge size could be extremely dangerous.
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        07-29-2013, 01:29 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    That was one thing I never considered with any horse I ever bought was having a drug panel pulled. I always got lucky I guess in that the horses stayed sane. No longer though..there are just too many people out there that will drug/sedate to get a horse sold. Any PPE, even one with a two week trial, I have a drug panel pulled and do not notify the owner ahead of time that I plan on having it done. That way if they sedate or use a lot of painkillers, the drug panel will pull it up.
         
        07-29-2013, 02:24 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Oh I missed the 18.2h. Are you going to be doing some logging with this one?? Wow...huge.
         
        07-29-2013, 03:43 PM
      #15
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tlkng1    
    That was one thing I never considered with any horse I ever bought was having a drug panel pulled. I always got lucky I guess in that the horses stayed sane. No longer though..there are just too many people out there that will drug/sedate to get a horse sold. Any PPE, even one with a two week trial, I have a drug panel pulled and do not notify the owner ahead of time that I plan on having it done. That way if they sedate or use a lot of painkillers, the drug panel will pull it up.
    I bought a horse that to this day I swear was drugged. The seller had blown his mind, and knew what she was doing. Well known rider, breeder, and seller too. On our Olympic team, in fact. At the very least, his mind was blown, and at the most, he may have been drugged.
    Even with that experience, I've not pulled a panel on a potential purchase. However, I do make sure to mention it to the sellers - I tell them that I may ask for a blood panel with the vet check, and gauge the response. Keeping in mind the PPE would be set up right away. I have never felt that gut feeling that I should pull a panel, and have trusted the sellers I've bought from. Every one of them did not object to bloodwork in the least, and encouraged me to do what I needed to do to feel comfortable with the purchase.
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        07-29-2013, 03:55 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Is there anyway she can give him to you for a trial?

    If you're willing to put down a deposit and have him transported it may be worth it to check him out and have a vet look over him.

    In the meantime, got any pictures?
         
        07-29-2013, 04:17 PM
      #17
    Foal
    To respond to some of your comments -- Thank you so far. I appreciate the feedback.

    It wouldn't be possible to transport him here for a short trial period. It takes 28 hours for a straight drive through, or a 2-3 day transport with the horse. It also costs roughly $1,300 to haul it here. I'm in NJ, and the horse is in CO.

    The seller has very good recommendations from previous purchases -- but I suppose anyone can give me a number to a relative or something posing as a former client.

    I've purchased a horse before who must have been badly drugged when I rode her (I didn't know it at the time), and then showed up looking like a completely different animal. Even through it all, I nursed her back to health, and retrained her from the ground up. A year of hand walking, and grazing before I even went on her back. I'm aware of the possible consequences and conditions I could face. Surprisingly, I'm willing to go through it all. Something in me just feels like it could be a good fit.
         
        07-29-2013, 04:29 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Here are two photos of him.
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        07-29-2013, 04:31 PM
      #19
    Showing
    What are you planning on doing with him?
         
        07-29-2013, 04:36 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    He is absolutely gorgeous!

    If you're considering all the things that could go wrong and your gut is still saying buy him, then I say go for it.
         

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