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    05-09-2011, 05:23 AM
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Foal
Looking at buying a horse ould love some input

Hi Everyone my name is Angela and this is my first post..
I am 34 and am looking at buying a new horse. I used to ride about 12 years ago and started at the age of 10. Totally loved it now I want to get back into riding. I am going to do some lessons to start, Just to see where I am at. I think I would love to get into a bit of everything to start then see what type of disapline I am good at..I have spotted a couple of horses in vic that has caught my eye. What can I do to make sure I don't get ripped off or that the horse is what they say? Please I would love some input..
Muchly appreciated
Ang
     
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    05-09-2011, 09:01 AM
  #2
Foal
I also did the same thing you did, taking a 10 year break from riding. When I jumped back in I did get ripped of with the first horse I bought. Just make sure you can do a trial and try lots of things with the horse and also get a trainers opinion. I thougt I still knew what I was doing after my long break and ended up loosing $1000. I bought the first horse I looked at for $1200 off of craigslist. The lady told me he was a good family safe horse. By the time I got him to the place I would be boarding he was trying to kick and bite and threw my husband into the wall. At the time I didnt have the skills to know what to do so I traded him for a $200 credit to a friend of the trainer for my horse Thunder. You will love riding again, but be very careful people will rip you off if they can!
     
    05-09-2011, 10:48 AM
  #3
Weanling
Take someone.....friend, vet, trainer, etc.....with you when you go to look at the horses. Best thing I can tell you. Good luck!
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    05-09-2011, 08:13 PM
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Foal
Yay! Another victiorian! Welcome to the forum!
     
    05-09-2011, 10:41 PM
  #5
Showing
Hi Ang,

First of all, welcome to the Forum!

I'd suggest 2 things: contract (or lease --> buy) and taking experienced horseman friend (better trainer) with you to see the horse. Also would make sense to come little earlier than scheduled time (in case they try to sedate or run off the horse). If you like the horse do the vet exam before you buy it (IF the seller will refuse run away FAST).
     
    05-12-2011, 08:15 AM
  #6
Foal
Thanks heaps for everybodies input. I think I will get a contract written out as this horse is quite expensive and its so far from home or maybe just wait to purchase closer to home..It is so hard when you have your eye on one you just keep going back. Aghhhhh anyways he may not be for sale by the time I am ready to buy...I will keep you all posted with my decision..Thanks again xx
     
    05-12-2011, 10:07 PM
  #7
Yearling
Hello and welcome to the forum!

I agree, definitely take some one knowledgeable with you, certainly do a vet check, and have the seller demonstrate the horses abilities.
If they are not willing to get on and ride the horse them self, have excuses etc, Run, don't walk, away!
Try the horse out yourself too, make sure you feel a connection.

Like
kitten_Val suggested, show up earlier than your appointment time to see the horse. I know it may seem rude, but I firmly believe that if they have nothing to hide, it will be a minor aggravation to them at the most.... Sadly you just can not trust all people.

Good luck with your search, let us know how it turns out for you!
     
    05-13-2011, 12:23 PM
  #8
Started
I did a lease to own on my mare. I would definitely take an experienced horse person along for adivce.
     

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