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post #11 of 17 Old 05-12-2015, 02:54 PM
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You want to read the "Thinking about getting your open horse" sticky at the top of this page.

You will find all you need to know there and some more.
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-28-2015, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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I just wanted to say that we are from the Philippines, and for those of you who don't know, horses for equestrian use are not really available here. I would lease if I had the option, but, as I said horses are rare here. We have to go to Sweden and Belgium just to try it out. I would also do a trial period but it costs so much to ship it and if I am uncomfortable we also have to ship it back. So please take these into consideration.
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I am also bringing my coach with me to give me some advice.
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post #14 of 17 Old 05-28-2015, 02:42 PM
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In that case I'd be more worried about keeping the horse properly after purchase. Do you have horse vets, farriers, supplies & such readily available?
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We have 'horse friends in the Philippines and they went 'horse shopping' in Australia and new Zealand and I believe, even looked at horses in Hawaii. Shipping was much more reasonable. They have a daughter in California now (at college) and she is riding a horse there that we raised. She had very good coaches in the Philippines. She and her Aunt (a very good friend of ours) will be visiting us in June.

Since this is going to be a major investment, I would pay a LOT of attention to soundness and would not buy a horse if the seller did not grant me full access to previous Vet records. Even then, I would have a PPE done by a different Vet.
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post #16 of 17 Old 05-30-2015, 02:19 AM
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I'm just not buying all of these "there are no horses in the entire country I live in" stories. If you google and youtube it there are plenty of horse stables, videos, races, whatever in the Philippines. And you put it on google maps and Australia is right under the Philippines and Sweden is like a third of the world away. This can't be serious? Why would you go to Sweden when Australia is right there and they have tons of great horses.
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post #17 of 17 Old 05-30-2015, 07:02 PM
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Buy the horse you feel 100% safe and confident on, rather than going by looks, breeding, athletic talent etc

Don't buy a horse you think you will "grow into" ie if you are jumping cross poles buy a safe experienced horse that will look after you. Don't be tempted by the amazing jump of a horse unless you are sure you can handle it.

Don't overlook an older horse. One who has taught many people to ride will be more forgiving of mistakes than a green or less experienced horse. As long as he/she is sound.

As mentioned above, don't buy a horse with the intention of fixing any problems, unless obviously you are very experienced. You could end up hurt and disillusioned.
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