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post #1 of 10 Old 06-28-2015, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Fallen In Love Help!!

Hey. Just so u know, I don't have a horse but but my friend doesn't have an account so I'm posting this for her.


Hi! I've been riding horses for 4 years and my parents agreed to let me get a horse! I'm super excited! I went looking at horses last week and fell in love with the first one I saw! Of course I've ridden the horse a couple times and it can do everything its owner claimed it could do. The trainer (family friend as well) that I brought thinks the horse is great! It's healthy and sound as could be according to the vet. I know I'm supposed to look at several horses before choosing the right one. I'd be open to looking more if the situation was better. You see there's been a lot of interest in this horse so I'll need to act fast. The other part is that the horses owner can't really afford the horse anymore and is in a hurry to get rid of it and will probably except one of the first offers! I'm worried that hesitating will cost me a wonderful horse and I'm scared not to buy it! At the same time it's the first horse I've seen and people always say to look at a lot more horses before you buy! Help!!! What should I do???!!!
Ps I already have everything lined up and all the necessary things before getting a horse
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-28-2015, 08:43 PM
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Have a chat to your parents/trainer.

Buying a horse it's so easy to fall for the first one you see, and even easier to be so worried you'll lose it that you overlook flaws. Be honest with your trainer and parents and then take their advice. They'll have a clearer perspective of the situation than you.

If you miss out on the horse, there are always many more.

Sellers that pressure buyers because of upkeep costs or interest should put the buyer on alert. If the seller has lots of interest they have no need to tell you about it - and if they really can't afford the horse then they'll negotiate often with lower prices or a trial period. Be critical. Choose with your head not your heart.
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-28-2015, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Have a chat to your parents/trainer.

Buying a horse it's so easy to fall for the first one you see, and even easier to be so worried you'll lose it that you overlook flaws. Be honest with your trainer and parents and then take their advice. They'll have a clearer perspective of the situation than you.

If you miss out on the horse, there are always many more.

Sellers that pressure buyers because of upkeep costs or interest should put the buyer on alert. If the seller has lots of interest they have no need to tell you about it - and if they really can't afford the horse then they'll negotiate often with lower prices or a trial period. Be critical. Choose with your head not your heart.
My friend says that the trainer and her parents approve of the horse but she knows people often say that it's better to look at many horses before choosing "the one" and is worried she'll lose her chance since everyone approves of the horse.
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-28-2015, 09:14 PM
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Sometimes the first horse is the right horse.

Looking at many is advised just because it offers as more varied, critical perspective.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-28-2015, 09:40 PM
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It is wise to look at more than one horse before you decide to buy, but it is possible that this one might still be the right choice. It does happen too many times that first time horse owners buy a horse and in a short time discover that the horse is not the right for their needs. If the owner is anxious to sell perhaps they would consider leasing the horse for a month or two with the option to buy at an agreed price if all goes well. This would give your friend some time to make sure the horse is right and also look at some others, and may help the seller if they can cannot afford to maintain the horse.
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-29-2015, 02:11 AM
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Have you had a vet check & soundness workup? Perhaps another opinion as well as the trainer? Is it the right price? Age? Have you tried to put your emotions aside & consider it's pros & cons(there will be cons, no matter how good) objectively? Are you ready to commit now? If so, no harm in buying the first one you see!

BUT while sellers could well be honest & you could well miss out on a great horse if you're not quick, I wouldn't let this rush you into anything. It's possible the 'other interest' & stress noises about upkeep cost is just for that purpose of pressuring you. Even if not, if you miss out, just take it as a sign that it wasn't meant to be & remember that if the first one you saw was so good, there are likely to be other great ones around too!
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If your friend trusts her trainer, the vet gives the horse a clean bill of health, and the horse is well-behaved and does what she wants, maybe she doesn't need to look any further. When you want a horse, you want one right now and that's why everyone advises you to look at several. However, that's also why you have your trainer and other experienced people look at the horse. You could pass up a good horse looking for the perfect horse and then never find that perfect one.
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-03-2015, 09:09 AM
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Healthy & sound according to whose vet? Did buyer have the prepurchase done?
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-04-2015, 08:08 AM
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Tough call.

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-04-2015, 08:53 AM
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I bought the first horse I looked at when I was 15. We were not a good match, but we made it work. i am 31 now and he is still in my pasture. Don't be scared to jump on a good opportunity, but make sure it really is good.
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