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        01-12-2013, 01:32 PM
      #11
    Showing
    If they don't allow a vet check before purchase, then you need to walk away now. IMHO, that is a sure sign that they feel like they've got something to hide.

    I know it can be hard finding that right horse, but you'll get there.
         
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        01-12-2013, 01:34 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Totally agree. RUN! That place sounds a little scary!
         
        01-12-2013, 03:51 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Trust me I did run away haha! I'm hopefully going to look at a paint/draft cross next Saturday. And in the meantime keep emailing about horses!
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        01-12-2013, 03:58 PM
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    Started
    If someone does not allow vet checks before purchase, then RUN RUN RUN far away! Some people will do trials, some people won't, but NO ONE reputable would say that you're not allowed to have the animal checked out first, though it will usually be at your own expense and preferably by your own or a neutral vet.
         
        01-12-2013, 04:00 PM
      #15
    Showing
    ^^Exactly. I won't do off-site trials because the risk is just too great to the horse's health and training, but I welcome any potential buyer to come anytime and ride/handle the horse on my property. And, on every horse I've sold, I usually encourage a PPE. Buyers usually don't do one because most of the horse's I've sold recently have been bought by folks that know me, but I still welcome them to want one because I know my horses are sound and healthy (unless advertised as otherwise).
         
        01-12-2013, 06:59 PM
      #16
    Trained
    I don't know what your price range is, but I noticed that the local therapeutic riding center is selling one of their spotted drafts. Pricey for sure, but I would bet you would have a really safe sane nice horse. One of mine was actually there for a while and did therapy-nice folks and a nice facility. I don't know how far from you, but just south of Rochester.

    Spotted Draft Gelding - 9 yr old

    PS-I just looked at the videos-I think he is overpriced, for sure......and had no idea his tail was cut...;-( But still would be a safe sane mount most likely.
         
        01-12-2013, 08:06 PM
      #17
    Showing
    You and the gray looked good together.
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        01-12-2013, 09:13 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Waffles was cute, shame about the strange people.

    I do like the grey, I don't know if he looks 100% comfortable though. I've watched a couple of times and I'm not sure if it was just a misunderstanding between you on the transition, or if he is sore somewhere, but he doesn't look happy for the first few strides of his canter. I watched the trot video as well, lots of ear pinning and tail swishing, I'm not sure why, but I am seeing it.
         
        01-12-2013, 09:37 PM
      #19
    Yearling
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    Waffles was cute, shame about the strange people.

    I do like the grey, I don't know if he looks 100% comfortable though. I've watched a couple of times and I'm not sure if it was just a misunderstanding between you on the transition, or if he is sore somewhere, but he doesn't look happy for the first few strides of his canter. I watched the trot video as well, lots of ear pinning and tail swishing, I'm not sure why, but I am seeing it.
    I honestly noticed it too. He always looks grumpy under saddle, he always makes that face when he's ridden, or tacked up or led... I know the lady whose selling him really well and if he looked wrong when I was on him I know she would have said something, they love him and are in absolutely no hurry to sell him. I am going to have my trainer look at him and see what she thinks, but I'm just not getting the "this is my horse" vibe from him

    I'm Going to look at 2 more horses this week! First is a 7 year old, 16.3 hand, big boned chestnut QH gelding on Wednesday. Followed by a 10 year old, 16.2 hand, chestnut/white percheron/paint gelding on Saturday. Both of them W/T/C in and out of an area, go on trails and jump. The Perch/paint is quite out of shape (Hasn't been ridden since June), but they both sound promising.



         
        01-12-2013, 10:15 PM
      #20
    Trained
    I like the sound of the paint better than the look of it

    From painful experience, don't settle, don't buy anything with a question mark to it, if you are hesitating there is a reason. Make sure you are 100% comfortable and happy with the horse that you choose.
         

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