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post #21 of 42 Old 10-25-2016, 02:26 PM
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Good luck!
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post #22 of 42 Old 10-25-2016, 03:10 PM
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Good luck! And remember that horses are supposed to be fun, not a stressful thing. So if a seller starts to stress you out over something, remember that they need you more than you need them and say, "Thank you for your time." and leave.

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post #23 of 42 Old 10-25-2016, 03:16 PM
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I'm so sorry you haven't had much luck. But remember, that means there's one out there for you and they will be WELL worth it! :)
Let us know how those work out for you. I'm glad you are able to see both of them in one day instead of traveling a ton! Crossing my fingers for you.
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post #24 of 42 Old 10-25-2016, 03:51 PM
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I have no problem with leaving a deposit on a horse that I want. I bought my mare who was out of state that way. I talked to the owner over the phone for a couple of hours and really liked her. I sent her a deposit without even seeing the horse in person. The deposit was refundable pending the PPE and I arranged for a vet to come out to give one and met them there. I also had a health certificate made at the same time. The PPE worked out fine and I gave the seller of the horse the remaining money with another contract and paid board for the horse while shipping was arranged. I did see countless photos and videos of the horse which is why I was pretty sure that I wanted her and willing to give the deposit without seeing her in person first.

Good luck with the two new prospects, I hope everything works out for you and you get the horse that you want. Let us know what happened.

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post #25 of 42 Old 10-25-2016, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Ok everybody need some more advice. One of the horses I am going to see tomorrow in the am has somebody coming to look at him immediately after me. If I end up really liking him, I will want to put a deposit down if the owner agrees. I know everybody said that in their contracts once they put the deposit down, the contract basically would only be cancelled if the horse fails the PPE. Well what if I want to put the deposit down, and also go see the other horse in the afternoon? Can I say basically in the contract that I can change my mind? Because that doesn't really seem fair. If I really like the horse I of course want to put a "hold" on him, but also want to explore my options. If I don't put a deposit down right then and there I run the risk of losing him to somebody else. Out of the two horses I think I would prefer this one but that could change once I meet him in person. What would you do?
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post #26 of 42 Old 10-25-2016, 08:46 PM
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I would be prepared to put a deposit down so that you can be "first in line." I would also be prepared to make a decision about which horse you want to pursue that evening, especially if the second person looking at the horse is also really interested.

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post #27 of 42 Old 10-25-2016, 09:33 PM
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If you want the horse then you'd better make up your mind then cancelling the following appointment. I'm sorry to say, but if you say you want him and put the deposit down I'd think you better stick to that.
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post #28 of 42 Old 10-25-2016, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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I am thinking that too. We'll see how it goes but if he meets everything I'm looking for I will likely end up going with him. Don't really have time to be wishy washy I suppose...
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post #29 of 42 Old 10-25-2016, 09:47 PM
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Well, if you're anything like me it is hard to find the right horse, so if you do you had better jump on it. :) Hindsight will be frustrating if he doesn't pass the PPE, but you gotta take chances I guess. I'll be wishing you luck.
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post #30 of 42 Old 10-26-2016, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everybody! I am on my way home and happy to report... Mission success!
I went to see palomino and I wasn't exactly... Blown away like I imagined I would be by my first horse. He was beautiful for sure, very colorful and flashy. His owner was riding him around when I got there and when she asked him for a canter he threw out a buck and crow hopped twice. She said he has honestly never done that before. I believe her only because the ground was very rocky and he was reluctant to canter and I think if this had been a regular thing he would have been more explosive and less frustrated looking. I got on him and he was fine to ride, very responsive and quick. When I got off I saw a minor crack in one of his back hooves and he had to wear boots in the arena because of the rocks. The other people there looking turned him down because of his feet. I decided to get to know him a little more and did not like how pushy he was. Very little respect for personal space, flattens his ears when he realizes you don't have a treat for him and is just quite spoiled. I also did not like his confirmation. He had a butt that was higher than his withers by a few inches and a long droopy back. It looked like when you stretch out dough and it starts to sag in the middle. Not something that would make him out of the question but long backs really get to me, I think they are hideous. I struggled on whether to put a deposit down and decided to take my chances with the next horse and if I didn't like the next one, I could come back to the palomino if he was still available and think on it some more.

Best decision ever!! I knew the second I saw him he was the one for me. He was respectful of my space, quiet, very sweet and curious but also a bit reserved. I could tell I would need to get to know him before he could trust me and we could really be friends. To ride, he was very comfortable! The other horse's walk was strange and jolting, almost felt like he was lame but I could see when he walked he wasn't. But this horse was calm and soooo receptive! Neck reins, moves off your leg, when you ask him for a whoa it's immediate. I walked, trotted and got to canter which is something I didn't try with the other one because of the bad footing. I was really happy with his gaits and I loved him. Perfect for what I wanted to do. I was an hour ahead of the other people coming to see him and you bet I put that deposit down!!! $500 check later and he's "mine". I have a signed receipt in writing stating the full amount is to paid on pickup which is being arranged for the next few days. Thank you everybody for your words of advice, I am sooo over the moon with my soon-to-be boy!!
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