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post #1 of 8 Old 11-04-2015, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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buying a horse thats far away

hi everyone!
so i have been searching for my first horse lately and i have found a horse that i like, but its about four hours away. my trainer needs to be very involved in my horse buying process, but she also does not have time for a four hour drive one way for a potential horse. so i was wondering how i could go about this.
this is my idea - me, my mom, and my experienced horse friend will take a day trip and go try the horse. the owner will ride, then possibly the experienced friend, and then me. while im there i will be taking photos and videos to show my trainer and see what she thinks. if my trainer and i like the horse then my mom and i will go a second time for me to ride the horse again. if i still like it, we will bring the horse to my farm for a vet check and short trial if the owner allows.
does this sound like a good idea? i have not asked my trainer or to the owner of the horse about it yet. i didnt know if this sounded stupid.

also, a few questions:
- who would have to bring the horse to my farm or take it home if i decide not to buy it?
if the owner brings it, would i be expected to pay for her to bring the horse here, then drive home? or just to bring the horse here?
- approximately how much is it to ship a horse? ive heard about $2.00 per mile. is that one way?
- how long of a trial should i ask for?
- how do i go about asking the owner about this? obviously i dont want to rush things. so maybe just go out and try the horse and go from there and talk to her about the other things? ..i just like to plan ahead!
- am i expected to pay my horse friend for coming with? i would buy her lunch or something and show her my appreciation, but am i expected to do anything else?


any tips appreciated. thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-05-2015, 01:02 AM
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I would first ask for video of the horse being ridden (not just plinking around either, like actually being worked doing the types of things you are going to want to use the horse for), before making the long drive. That way you and a your trainer can get a better idea for the horse. People can say anything in an add and often times the horse isn't quite what it seemed in the owner's description.
If the owner isn't willing to put together a video for you, I doubt they'd be willing to accommodate any of your other requests.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-05-2015, 02:22 AM
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who would have to bring the horse to my farm or take it home if i decide not to buy it?

Well I doubt the owner is going to make an 8 hour (most likely 10 hours) trip for someone who might want a horse. Traditionally it is your job to come see the horse AND arrange transport to your barn AFTER purchase.

if the owner brings it, would i be expected to pay for her to bring the horse here, then drive home? or just to bring the horse here?

You'd would be responsible for ANY associated cost of shipping the horse, including the round trip. This may include tolls, gas, shavings, hay, etc.
- approximately how much is it to ship a horse? ive heard about $2.00 per mile. is that one way?

Depends on what your gas prices are like. Usually you can get a friend to do it cheaper then a professional shipper. Just to give you an idea I paid $550 round trip for a 6 hour haul (not sure the miles).

- how long of a trial should i ask for?

I highly doubt the owner will let you trial the horse. What happens if something happens to the horse during the trial period? If it doesn't work out who pays return shipping?! My best advice would be to see the horse several times before you buy. Do EVERYTHING with the horse possible. Get a thorough PPE done, including X-rays!!

- how do i go about asking the owner about this? obviously i dont want to rush things. so maybe just go out and try the horse and go from there and talk to her about the other things? ..i just like to plan ahead!

I'd say your interested, you'd like more info, photos and a video. After your trainer or vet/farrier or other horse expert (heck, post it here! There are many great people here who a good at soundness) views the videos and gives you the go ahead then schedule a "test ride"

- am i expected to pay my horse friend for coming with? i would buy her lunch or something and show her my appreciation, but am i expected to do anything else?

Depends on what kind of "friend". I helped a friend of mine out two years ago and I didn't ask for a dime. She did buy my lunch, a soda at the gas station, etc. If she is more like a trainer then she may expect compensation.
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-05-2015, 02:35 AM
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Can't you have your trainer facetime you or something while you're riding the horse so that your trainer is "there" with you?

I agree with multiple visits. I don't think trailering and trialing are going to be options...
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-05-2015, 04:06 AM
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As others have said trialling probably isn't an option. Owners are very hesitant to do it and the 4 hour distance would make most refuse. It's not really a reasonable ask.

Because of this trailering should be pretty straightforward - you pay to being the horse up.

I'd probably get somethings for your friend as a thank you gift.

How long have you been looking? It can take a while to find the right horse, sometimes you're better off waiting for something local.
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-05-2015, 05:36 AM
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I bought a horse out of state and she was about 9 hours away. I looked at tons of photos and a couple of videos, I talked to the owner extensively and liked her, I went up there to see the horse, rode her some, rode her sire, hired a vet for ppe and decided that I wanted her pending a good ppe. I left a down payment with a contract stating that I would buy the horse if she checked out ok. The vet came the next week, did the exam and ex rays and called me to tell me what she thought. The vet sent me the ex rays and I also had my vet here look at them. I decided to buy her so we signed contracts, I sent the seller the rest of the money and she was mine. I then had to pay board for my new horse until I could have her shipped down here. The seller gave me the number to a woman that ships for a reasonable price and I made the arrangements to have the horse shipped down. I also purchased insurance for the horse in case something happened in transit.
All along the way if something didn't seem right I would have backed out but everything turned out wonderfully and I have the perfect horse for me.
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-05-2015, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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thank you everyone for the good responses so far! i just want to make a few things clear..i have been talking to the owner for a little while now and she understands the distance issue. i dont know where everyone is from, but in my area, a trial is very common and so is bringing the horse to my farm to get vetted by the vet i want. the owner is very accomidating, she has sent us many videos, pictures, information, ect.

the face time thing is a good idea! i never even thought about that

ive been looking for a horse for a little over 8 months now. i know thats not a long time compared to some. im looking very slowly and want to make sure to find the perfect match. i have been interested in a few horses that are local, but i saw this horse and really liked her too. so since i can afford to go out there i figured its worth a try!
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We are in the horse trading business and offer a 7 day trial period on any horse we sell for over $5k. If the horse comes back, we return the money minus 10% of the purchase price. If the buyer wants a PPE, we will trailer the horse to a vet of the buyer's choosing at the buyer's expense, but the horse does not leave our possession without money in hand. If they want to do a PPE on their own, it has to be during the 7 day trial period.
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