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post #1 of 20 Old 07-09-2014, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Long-Distance Horse Purchase

Good Evening All!

I am a new adult rider, very much bitten by the horse-bug. I have never owned a horse, though owning at least 1 riding horse and 2 driving horses on a farm are in the family 5-year plan. In my hours of dreaming about horses online, I have seen a few lovely horses for sale. The problem though-I am in Virginia, they are in Texas and/or California.
What are your thoughts on a long-distance purchase? I would be able to travel out to meet the prospects, however, unlike a local sale/lease, I won't have my trainer, BO or vet with me.
Any questions, tests, etc...I should be sure to ask of a long-distance seller?

(I am currently taking lessons at a local livery barn that has options for full-service board and training, so that is taken care of.)
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post #2 of 20 Old 07-09-2014, 05:16 PM
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Buying long distance CAN work really really well, and if you are looking for certain bloodlines for breeding, or a top class competition horse, then you often have to buy long distance, but it is not easy.

For a first horse, an 'at home' horse, there are so many things that make a difference you really really need to meet, ride, handle purchases first. You also need to have your trainer with you to pour buckets of cold water on and romantic fantasies you may have that you have developed a mythical bond with the fire breathing dragon that is currently trying to kick the snot out of his stall.

I know how you feel, the horses that I like are always miles away, like the other side of the continent, it is just the way life is. Once you put the word out that you are shopping it is amazing how many nice horses are available in your area. If you are really lucky, like me, my trainer was contacted to see if she knew anyone who would be looking for a horse like they were selling, trainer thought of me, I bought him, smartest purchase I ever made, right on my back door step.

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post #3 of 20 Old 07-09-2014, 05:22 PM
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Buy a horse local to you that can be observed over several days and tried out.

Getting a horse long distance is done more for someone who is already showing or competing and is knowledgeable about what they are going to be getting, as in they've seen horse at show, know the trainer or what have you.

But for someone just getting into horses, there is no way I would advise it.

Only exception would be IF your instructor did actually know this horse, and knew the people who had it.

Even a horse that is perfectly trained though, can be completely undone by a new owner or trainer, so that horse is not close to what it was.

But by and large? Furthest I would travel would be hour or so at your stage in this.
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post #4 of 20 Old 07-09-2014, 05:25 PM
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If you're new at this. Long distance buying is NOT the way to go.

Golden is my favorite poster today. Seriously, your posts make me LOL
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post #5 of 20 Old 07-09-2014, 05:34 PM
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Nope, no, uh uh, not even maybe. You need to have your trainer with you when you shop for a horse or better yet, just tell your trainer to find you one or more to try out. She knows what you are ready for (or will be when you're ready to buy), she's probably got contacts and knows who's reputable and who's not. It can take a while, so be patient.

And, keep an open mind. When I was a kid, my parents told my trainer to find me a horse, XXX price range and then let him do his thing. He found me an OTTB who'd never been ridden except on the track but he hated the gate and wasn't all that impressed about running. My folks thought he (the trainer) was nuts but he convinced them, they bought the horse, he trained him and me and we went on to several titles. 10 year old girl on a 3 y.o. OTTB.....but it worked.
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post #6 of 20 Old 07-11-2014, 07:36 PM
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I think that for a first horse it's best to purchase one that your trainer can look at too. It might cost a little more for a horse in your area, but in the long run it will probably pay off.
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post #7 of 20 Old 07-14-2014, 01:20 PM
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I agree, no way to go buy your first horse!

Who is to say the horse you go see is the one shipped to you?

Most people have a price range that they are looking at. Think of the extra cost of hauling a horse that sort of distance. You could probably buy three more horses.

As for you ambition of one riding horse and two driving horses, a horse can be both ridden and driven.
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post #8 of 20 Old 07-14-2014, 04:04 PM
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I'm in New York. I got my first horse when I was 10. She was a three year old solid paint mare from Idaho. All my parents had to go on we're the words of the sellers, and the videos_ the sent after my parents showed interest. The only reason they got her was because my father (like many new buyers) thought she was pretty and insisted I have her.. When I got older, I told them it was a stupid choice to get a horse they'd never seen. I did get lucky, however. She was the best horse I've ever had, and has produced some of the nicest foals. Most people didn't like her because a Impressive bred (she's HYPP N/N) and a bit hot-she's a one person mare, and I was that person. Even with that, I would never recommend anyone but a horse long distance until they've had several an know just how to look for what they want.
Good luck in your search! I'm sure you'll find something "suitable" that you'll fall in love with =]
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post #9 of 20 Old 07-16-2014, 10:24 AM
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I bought a horse Twh from Tennessee and ship to chino,ca when she got of the trailer I saw a one eye had a blue film she also got a cold a day or 2 later and so I cantact the owner that nite of course she said she didnt no anything about it so I took her to the vet the next day he said she had a Catraract in that eye and blind the owner has been giving me the round around she told me she would give me half my money back I was willing to work with her but now she wont answer my calls or text so their was no cantract what I like to no if i have a case to sue her for lying and selling me a horse that is almost blind the horse will be going to a rescue that I no and r very good with the horses
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post #10 of 20 Old 07-16-2014, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by zimario View Post
what I like to no if i have a case to sue her for lying and selling me a horse that is almost blind
In general, no. Horse sales are "caveat emptor" or "buyer beware." When buying a horse it's up to you to do due diligence and get a vet check before purchasing. It would be another story if you had gone to try the horse out in person and later found out the horse had been drugged, but an eye problem like you describe would have been easily picked up by even the most basic of pre-purchase vet checks.

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