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post #21 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 09:28 PM
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Wares, I believe the owner said he'd drop the horse off..

With that noted..a free horse with free delivery? I find that as a bad idea.

When I was 16 and my mum would've offered such I'd have said hell yeah! A free horse and all expenses paid by mum? Of course, lol.
But now, spending my ownbhard earned money on a horse, I'm not willing to buy sight unseen anymore. I can handle spoiled rotten and disrespectful, dangerous horses if need be..but why would I do that with risk of it becoming lame and never being able to work, even for myself? Too much risk when buying sight unseen.
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post #22 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 09:32 PM
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If they said they are willing to bring the horse to you l, maybe see if they can meet you at the rodeo or fair you are going to. You can also ask, if they are willing to bring it, of you can bring your own vet for a PPE and even if you can try it out at the facilities where the rodeo/fair is at.

Just an idea
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post #23 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 09:33 PM
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Yes, just reread that, free delivery, in fact a 4 hour haul. The previous owner must really want that horse to have a good home if they are willing to do that at no charge. Just remember, you might be stuck with an expensive pasture ornament if the horse is unrideable for some reason, so if you have no problem with that, go for it.
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post #24 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 09:36 PM
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Two things to say.....

'Never look a gift horse in the mouth'


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I'm getting worried because they're pushing this horse on me. They want to get rid of it fast and soon . I'm still going to get some info...but as of now I'm backing out of the deal. There's something suspicios about it when they're trying to get rid of it in a hurry.

Thanks guys for the help! I really appreciate it :). I'm going to start looking for horses in my local area.

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post #26 of 39 Old 04-10-2013, 12:03 AM
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I probably wouldn't. If a horse is old enough to be ridden and they claim it's trained, then taking it sight unseen is something that makes me uncomfortable. Almost every horse I've ever taken sight unseen was unhandled and unbroke.

The one trained horse that I took in sight unseen turned out to be a really super nice, kid safe horse...with lameness issues. I suspect navicular but just haven't had the spare income to spend on a full vet workup. So, I've been having my farrier keep him trimmed properly and he's been sound enough for light riding with shoes.
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post #27 of 39 Old 04-10-2013, 01:17 AM
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I think you are right to be suspicious and unless you can find the time to go out and see the horse, I'd pass. No amount of pictures and conversations can amount to actually going out and riding the horse.
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post #28 of 39 Old 04-10-2013, 11:28 AM
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I'm getting worried because they're pushing this horse on me. They want to get rid of it fast and soon . I'm still going to get some info...but as of now I'm backing out of the deal. There's something suspicios about it when they're trying to get rid of it in a hurry.
I agree. Slow it down. And if you can't, walk away from it. It's a bad deal. If they are that afraid of you backing out, there's a reason why.

Too bad your parents won't help with a horse that you've tried out. But it sounds like you've figured out how to ride and train, despite their objections.

I wish I had been that enterprising at your age. Good luck.
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post #29 of 39 Old 04-10-2013, 11:37 AM
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Some of the best horses I've had have been freebies.. including my current Arabian mare, Charm ... shipped her sight unseen from Ohio to Texas...

My second heart horse ...

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post #30 of 39 Old 04-10-2013, 12:02 PM
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I would never accept a horse sight unseen, free or not. I have no problem with give aways, my QH was a give away, great horse. But sight unseen, no way. You're just asking for trouble. If they're pushing the horse on you, then there must be a reason. I would tell them that you will not accept the horse without looking at it. If they give you trouble about that, then walk away.

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