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        07-21-2014, 05:54 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    I'm always in two minds about turning up that early (like an hour) to view a horse. If it was me selling the horse I would be a bit annoyed if someone turned up an hour earlier than the arranged time. I understand wanting to check that the horse hasn't been drugged but I would think they could do this earlier anyway.

    I would say beforehand that I wanted to watch the horse being brought in so could they leave it in the paddock. If I went back to view again then I would ask if I could catch the horse myself to see what she was like with someone unfamiliar.

    Like someone else said I would have blood drawn in the PPE if you are concerned about drugging.
         
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        07-21-2014, 04:13 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I'm not saying show up banging on their front door but I do like to drive past their property first (I know I sound sort of like a stalker at this point) but there are many times when you can just tell: The first horse I went to go look at was the typical first horse experience, there were about 50+ horses on the property, the gates were open and horses were wondering around with halters AND lead ropes dragging behind them, some of the horses were CAKED in mud and everyone there was by the looks of it several rounds in. If I drove past this place earlier I could have saved myself the trouble of trying to politely leave
         
        07-21-2014, 04:36 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    If you want to watch them catch her in the paddock, you could try asking if they would leave her out till you get there. You should also be the one to groom her and tack her up, or at least watch. I would be suspicious if I got there and she was already tacked up and ready to go.
         
        07-25-2014, 09:14 PM
      #14
    Foal
    How did it go?
         
        07-25-2014, 09:36 PM
      #15
    Foal
    ^^ pics also?
         
        07-25-2014, 10:17 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Thank you for all the brill advice. It went very well thanks! The place was very smart and well kept. It was actually a dealer which I knew in advance but I am confident they have a good reputation and I have searched for bad reviews etc and can't seem to find any. Also lots of people have posted pictures with their horses they had bought from them a couple years back saying how pleased they are etc, so I was confident that they wouldn't try and sell me something that wasn't right for me.
    I actually tried two horses the first time I visited. One was a bit more lively and slightly younger which I didn't mind but I deiced that the slightly older horse who was more laid back (but still had some power!) was a safer option and I felt looking back at the videos of me riding her I looked 'more the part' on her. So anyway I went back to try the first one I rode again which went super and although she was the first horse I tried she is exactly what I was looking for. Safe and sensible for a first horse, I was able to try every thing I wanted to do with her and I believe she is going to help me move forward with my riding! They had lots of videos of her and I got to see her passport. Nothing dodgy at all. We made the decision that she was really ideal for me and so subject to vetting hopefully I will be an owner very soon!!
    About to post a new thread asking for advice about vetting too so look out for it! Many thanks everyone!!
         
        07-27-2014, 12:34 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Congrats! I'm glad it went so well for you :)
         
        08-02-2014, 02:16 AM
      #18
    Foal
    EDIT: I didn't read the whole thread, lol.

    Congrats on your new horse! I hope you have many many years of happiness and riding ahead of the two of you! Good luck <3
         
        08-04-2014, 10:52 AM
      #19
    Foal
    We all want to believe that people selling horses are honest and forthright, but that may not always be the case. As for drugging, there are drugs that are effective for 10 and even 30 days, so I would wonder if the horse I see on the internet, or in person, will be the same horse I get home.
    Require as part of the PPE, blood to be drawn, and ask the vet to check for any substances that could have been administered.
    I have heard horror stories of people buying a horse that is "bombproof, beginner safe, anyone can ride..." and the video shows mounting, dismounting, standing on, bullhorns being blown while in saddle, all the things someone is looking for in that calm, quiet horse...only to get the horse home and have him/her be quite the opposite. I know of 3 people in the past couple of months who had this experience & have had to return the horses.
    While it takes a period of adjustment for any horse to become comfortable with new stable mates and humans, the horse represented should be the horse purchased. Good luck in finding that perfect fit!
         
        08-08-2014, 12:26 AM
      #20
    Foal
    Bring. Someone. Experienced. Also, if you end up interested ALWAYS get a vet check before buying.
         

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