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post #21 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 04:40 PM
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I'd also be worried about what I would do with an 18.2 hand monster/lame/crazy horse. Are you will to hire a professional? Have a 1700lb pasture ornament? Put this horse to sleep? Negotiate with the sellers for a refund? Risk injury? To my all the bads are off putting enough to not call and send a vet of my choice to the farm before they ship him. Or even take two days off to fly out, spend a day and fly home. Missing a few days of work can be costly, but so will feeding a 1 ton animal "useless" for the rest of its life.
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post #22 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 04:43 PM
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um, maybe look at the back feet again in a different photo... and get a vet check - and YOU tell the vet what you want done including possible xrays... and then YOU talk directly with the vet after or during the exam.. It's a small price to pay to be more sure about health/soundness issues, if any. And if you use the same vet as the owner, get the ower to tell the vet it's ok to release any info, and then you'll get the clear story on the past including behaviour and any past issues. good luck
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There is no doubt about it.. that there will be a full exam prior to the horse being shipped. Bloodwork, x rays, whatever it takes. Any sane person doesn't want to spend money on something that will just look and sit pretty in a large stall. Any point of purchasing a horse is to have a lifetime commitment.
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post #24 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 05:41 PM
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Call me bonkers, but unless I was buying a horse for top competition, I would spend 1,300 on a horse, not transporting one.

I am no confo expert but the front legs look... Very..straight. As I said previously, big horses..and chunks like him.. Won't last long.

How tall are you? I am 5ft7 and found it VERY hard to wrap my legs around and bring my 18hh mare together. Frankly she also found it very difficult to do any sort of real work because of the length of her body.

Your choice, but I would skip.
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post #25 of 47 Old 07-29-2013, 10:13 PM
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Hauling him will be a pain in the ass too, hate to say. Do you have a trailer big enough for such a horse?
He's cute... but there's something I can't quite put my finger on about him - I really don't like his eye, nor his legs. Anyways, if you adore him that's your prerogative.. but trying to sell a 18.2hh draft X with any sort of issues.. not a chance I'd personally want to take.

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post #26 of 47 Old 07-30-2013, 12:40 PM
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The only horses I have ever bought sight unseen are foals. Its the only time I would ever do it. Foals have usually no history of injury or illness and you can easily assess their conformation by photos and not worry about much, other than maybe hidden hernias.

I would never buy a riding horse sight unseen, ever.
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I will say a friend of mine did it, and lucked out totally. She loved the horse so much she went back and bought his son. I really think that she was extremely lucky, and I would never do it, unless, like My2G said-it was a baby.

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post #28 of 47 Old 07-30-2013, 12:52 PM
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I bought my latest mare sight unseen. I am happy with her, but she needs more work than what I would've realized if I had gone to meet her. She has minimal training (although she looks great in the video). I knew she was a project (and a great prospect!) and I probably still would've bought her if I looked at her first but at least then I'd know the extent of what needs to be done training wise.

Also I was not aware she was pin fired.. Not a big deal at all but I still would've liked to know.

Someone I know recommended her to me.. But she had only seen her, she had not gone out to try her or anything like that. Over all, I would not recommend buying a horse sight unseen unless it was a reputable seller or someone you know could go try the horse for you.

Good luck! He's huge and cute but very upright in his patterns and those feet are bad.
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post #29 of 47 Old 07-31-2013, 05:59 AM
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Any update on you're decision?
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post #30 of 47 Old 07-31-2013, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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I haven't made any decisions yet -- I did discuss that I wanted a prepurchase done on the horse, more videos, and more photos (360 view including feet, eyes, ect). I don't want to spend money on something that will be a failure in the long run. No one ever does. My heart is still in it, but I'm trying to be as rational and calm about it as possible. I'm not putting a deposit down until I know for sure that the horse is 100% sound, and will be the best suitable horse for me.

I've looked around at other Hanoverian/ Belgium crosses, and their confirmations are almost identical. I'm a little confused at why some people are concerened about his legs, but again.. that's where more photos and videos will come in handy. The owner has been extremely patient, and she's more than willing to do any test that I want done.
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