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post #31 of 45 Old 12-02-2009, 12:14 AM
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Originally Posted by reining girl View Post
Im also gonna see if i can get a friend to go check him out, she only lives 1hr 44mins away (but im not sure if she will do, but it doesnt hurt to ask). Well if i take him for a 30 day trial couldnt i just get a vet check done here by my own vet?
The only way I would do this deal, if I were you, is if your friend can see the horse in person, maybe do a trial ride for you. I'd offer to pay her to go look at the horse for you if that would get her to do it.

Also, I'd do the vet check before taking possession of the horse. It's a lot easier to just not do a deal, than try to reverse a deal after the horse was shipped all the way to you. What if the seller claims damage was done during transport? Or claims the horse was sound before she sent it and something must have happened between the time you took possession and your vet looked at it?

What if the horse is being grossly misrepresented? Even if you managed to give the horse back you would still be out the shipping costs both directions.

I've heard too many stories of sellers misrepresenting their horses to trust in one I haven't been able to meet and ride myself.

Good luck.
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post #32 of 45 Old 12-02-2009, 12:19 AM
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Hmm.. I guess if you have some good horse experience, perhaps it will work!
Try to keep good contact with the seller too, why is she selling him? Did he ever occur (medical) problems? What training did he have before? And how is he with New things?
If it all sounds too sugarcoated, I'd say that it ain't so trustworthy
Although I would never do it (Yet! I just don't have the experience for it at this time), I'd say go for it!
Your heart wants him, and why not give it a shot? :)
Who knows, it might just turn out to be that big Dream horse you always hoped for!
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post #33 of 45 Old 12-02-2009, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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well im kinda thinking agaisnt it, there are just sooo many cons. I think im still going to wait for a video of him just in case. But at this point im probably not going to do it.

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post #34 of 45 Old 12-02-2009, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by justsambam08 View Post
If you got the sort of feeling that potential buyers were going to do "god knows what" to a horse, why would you sell the horse to them in the first place?
That's not the point I was trying to make. Why should a seller be willing do a 30 day trial with a money back guarantee, and let the horse go more than an hour away off the property?

The seller has no way to protect themselves financially if the purchaser injures the horse during the 30 days it's gone. So not only are they out the purchase price, they've got a vet bill and an unuseable horse as well.

In this day and age of people not admitting their own guilt, responsibility, and culpability in a situation, there's no way I'd let a horse leave for parts unknown with a contract slanted to give protection ONLY to the purchaser.

If multiple-horse sales barns do it, I'm sure their contract is ironclad and written in a way to protect themselves.

People are trying to make money when they sell horses, not give a 30 day free lease to someone who may or may not have the horse's best interests at heart.

As I said, it's the responsibility of the purchaser to do their homework when buying a horse. Seeing one on the internet and falling in love doesn't mean when you meet the horse in person that it'll be a good match.

If you buy based on pictures/videos alone it's a caveat emptor situation, and you have to be prepared that the animal might not be what you envisioned.

I spent a lot of time, money, and wear and tear on my vehicle this past summer/autumn looking for a new horse. I visited every one I was interested in, regardless of distance. I wanted to make sure that we were physically and mentally compatible.

If someone's not willing to do that, then they have to be able to live with the consequences if they go ahead and buy the animal. It's certainly not the seller's fault if the purchaser and the horse don't get along.

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post #35 of 45 Old 12-02-2009, 02:30 PM
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I am somewhat against buying a horse sight unseen. JustDressageIt and Speed Racer have covered the cons and as you can probably see, they outweigh the pros. It's just wayyy too risky doing something like that.

However...a sight unseen buy is how I ended up with my boy. The only reason I agreed to ship a horse from another province that I've never seen, tried, or been around before was because my trainer was positive he was everything I was looking for and more. I trust my trainer 110%, so when she only saw a video of him and told me he is "the one" I knew he would be my dream horse. Now, I only agreed to a sight unseen buy because my trainer (who has experaince comming out her eyeballs) said it would be in my best intrest to buy him, not because little old me fell in love with a horse I really didn't really know anything about. The only reason I ended up buying him was because I had my trainer's approval.

I think a sight unseen buy is fine only if you have an experianced horse person there with you when you're making your choice.

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post #36 of 45 Old 12-02-2009, 03:04 PM
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i have bought a few horses unseen, Such as my new mare twister who is coming on the 11th, I am doing a contract though.
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post #37 of 45 Old 12-02-2009, 03:17 PM
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The weird thing is that the horse in my avatar was not only a sight unseen, but completely unlooked for addition.

To try and make a very long story short, I got him in trade for a horse that I'd bought, and who wasn't working out because of illness.

However, I'd known the seller for many years and he felt bad that the horse he'd sold me was sick and costing me a ton of money in vet bills, so he went out and FOUND another horse without telling me.

I didn't even know I was getting another horse until the day he came to pick up Asaad. I thought I was just getting my purchase money back.

Conny turned out to be my once-in-a-lifetime heart horse, but our beginning was quite rocky. He was tiny, underweight, liked to bite, and had a nasty temper. The ONLY reason I agreed to keep him on a trial basis was because the man who'd brought him to me asked me to give the little horse a month.

Had I not had a relationship with the seller, I'm sure he wouldn't have gone above and beyond to take back the sick horse and find me another one. He was under no obligation to do any of that, and we both knew it.

Conny won me over within that month's time frame, otherwise I'm sure that gentleman would have honored his word and come to pick him up.

However, just because my story turned out okay doesn't mean that yours will, if you buy sight unseen. Conny was the only horse I've ever gotten that I didn't go and see first. So good or bad, at least the decision to take on a particular horse was mine.
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post #38 of 45 Old 12-02-2009, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Well as i said before, i am probably not going to do it.

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post #39 of 45 Old 12-02-2009, 08:21 PM
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Tho I would not recommend it to anyone, I have done it once with a filly I bought. She was a weanling and all I had to go by were pictures and what the sellers told me. With the pictures and knowing enough about her breeding, I was able to assume what she was likely going to be like and bought her.
Seeing a horse first hand should always be your first option but if you know what you're doing and what you're looking for it's definitely possible.
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post #40 of 45 Old 12-03-2009, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post

Red flags to watch out for:
- Getting the brush off; if the seller won't answer questions or seems rushed to get you off the phone, walk away. Same goes with answering certain questions, or refusing to get current photos or videos. If you show that you are absolutely serious about purchasing this horse, they should be doing everything possible to make you 100% comfortable with the purchase.

I'll add more as I think of it :)
You posted exactly what I was telling you a few days ago.

Thats what happened with a youngster I was looking at at the other end of the country. Things went along quite well, got the info I initially wanted, then when things started to get serious regarding the purchase, the seller started to stand off qutie a bit. To me it felt like I wasn't even dealing with the same person anymore.

Go with your gut. If you ever have an uneasy feeling, don't do it.
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