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post #1 of 14 Old 10-04-2015, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Buying a horse in a non-horsey country

I have been taking lessons for two years, four times a week and it seems I have reached a point where I should buy my own horse. I have been told by quite a few people, both here and in real world that I'm ready. I can afford it, and then some, and I will have plenty of experienced support.

So, the problem is that I live in a very non-horsey country and very few horses are on sale on open market. They are either "logs trees and doesn't bite too often, has never even seen a saddle" or, much rarer, high performance and very expensive powerhouses (think 40000 euros a head) - I have no use for either.

My plan is to try and find a school horse that I like, ride it regularly and buy it after three or four months. I know that horses who are regularly ridden might change after being taken out of riding school but I'm just out of ideas on how to get a horse that is sane and ridible without breaking bank. Also, horses are generally not ridden more than twice a day even in riding schools so me riding five times a week might be enough.

What do you think of my plan? Any other ideas?

I'm a bit hesitant to go abroad simply because I'm not experienced enough to buy a horse after just one or two rides.
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-04-2015, 02:17 AM
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Your plan sounds good, given your situation.

Other than that, if any of the riders who go after high-end horses use a broker in another country, you may see if they would keep an eye out for a suitable horse for you. It's a risk, but good brokers stake their reputation on satisfied customers and may find the right one.
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Your plan sounds good, given your situation.

Other than that, if any of the riders who go after high-end horses use a broker in another country, you may see if they would keep an eye out for a suitable horse for you. It's a risk, but good brokers stake their reputation on satisfied customers and may find the right one.
That might be a good idea, I'll ask around. Thank you.
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Does your instructor know of any horses? I have found that the horse world is fairly small and they all seem to know each other and chat.
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Does your instructor know of any horses? I have found that the horse world is fairly small and they all seem to know each other and chat.
Unfortunately, the one instructor I would trust to do it does not feel comfortable giving recommendations I suppose she had some bad experiences in the past and I respect her honesty.
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That's unfortunate indeed.. Hopefully something at your barn will crop up soon. Keep asking around. Tack/feed stores!?

Where are you from if you don't mind me asking?

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Is leasing not an option? I just started leasing a school horse from the stable at which I've been taking lessons and it is a wonderful thing. I get to ride "my" horse every time I ride, which for now is 3 times a week. I never have to worry about whether she's getting enough exercise as she is ridden by others when I'm not there. Farrier and vets are taken care of as well. It's a great arrangement.
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That's unfortunate indeed.. Hopefully something at your barn will crop up soon. Keep asking around. Tack/feed stores!?

Where are you from if you don't mind me asking?
Balkans. We don't even have a single tack store in the entire country. I know it's hard to picture, but we literally buy everything abroad. Imagine carrying saddle pads in your cabin luggage
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Is leasing not an option? I just started leasing a school horse from the stable at which I've been taking lessons and it is a wonderful thing. I get to ride "my" horse every time I ride, which for now is 3 times a week. I never have to worry about whether she's getting enough exercise as she is ridden by others when I'm not there. Farrier and vets are taken care of as well. It's a great arrangement.
No, it's not done at all around here.
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-05-2015, 09:02 AM
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Where in the Balkans? Have you considered going elsewhere and shipping? Places like Albania and Bosnia would be easy to ship to from Austria, and even Germany. You'd probably spend Ä500-1500 on shipping costs but can get a decent horse for Ä5000 with ease.
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