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post #1 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Is there a company that finds horses for people?

Does anyone know of a company that will send a reputable vet and a qualified trainer out to assess a horse for a client that is out of state and then arrange shipping to bring that horse to the buyer? With everything I want out of the perfect horse I realize that they will most likely be out of state but don't intend to fly out to see each horse only to realize that they aren't as well trained as the seller has represented them to be. Buying a horse without riding them first is a big risk but I feel that if a company out there exists and they have a reputation for getting exactly the horse that the client wants to them, that the risk would be lessened. Thanks for any help finding a company like this.

Here is a bit about me to give you all some background in case you have questions. My first time on a pony was when I was two. Since then I've ridden sporadically between weekends at lessons for a few years when I was 6-10, a week long horse camp at 11, more lessons from 12-14, first leased horse at 14, he lasted until I leased a different horse at 16, co-owned a horse at 17 that ended when I was 19, took more lessons but not that often until I purchased my first horse at 23 which ended painfully all the way around after about a month when the previous owner took him back. It was a hard lesson learned. For the past 6 years I have not been on a horse and honestly thought I'd given them up as a childhood dream that was frivolous after the experience of owning my first. Recently the opportunity has come up to have another and I can realize now that I need a very specific type of horse and that my lifestyle allows me ample time to be around one.
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post #2 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 01:04 PM
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I don't know of any specific companies but maybe a reputable trainer in the area can help you. Look up trainers in the area you're looking at and email or call them all. You never know til you ask.
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post #3 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 02:16 PM
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Honestly with your experience you would be better off (and safer) taking lessons for a while to develop your skills as well as develop a relationship with a trainer. Trainers often have contacts and they can help you with your horse search.
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post #4 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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I have been speaking with a trainer that I've been with before and while she can suggest a few horses, they aren't exactly what I'm looking for. I think lessons are always a good idea, even after having owned horses for years. I guess I'll keep looking. It would have been great if a company like that existed for people buying horses out of town.
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post #5 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 03:14 PM
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Yes. There is a collection of companies all over the world that will locate horses for you. They are called, trainers.
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post #6 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 03:23 PM
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I know sales agents who handle that job too.
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post #7 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 03:27 PM
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Actually I ran across a company that provided this service a few weeks back but it was breed specific if I remember correctly and there were no guarantees except that if you weren't happy they would return the horse to the original owner for a fee of course... Honestly start riding and build a relationship with a trainer and then ask for their help or recommendations. They network and could find something suitable once they know you better. I'd be more comfortable going this route than taking a chance and ending up with something not suitable and having to resell or spend large amts of time and money overcoming the unexpected. Aren't you considering moving to a different state at some point soon? I'd let things settle from the move before doing anything.
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post #8 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 03:51 PM
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I agree with Dancer, any company that tries to match horse and rider without knowing the human is open to all sorts of problems of the horse doesn't suit.
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post #9 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 04:02 PM
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Pardon my plain speaking, but I'm wondering what you believe makes you so different from any other rider that you do not believe a competent, experienced trainer could get a sense of your riding after a few sessions? Gaining a sense of people is pretty much what a good trainer does for a living.

Even with an agent working for you, you'll still need to go see the horse for yourself and ride it to see if you like it.

Your best bet would be to contact a breeder who has many different horses to choose from, since you don't want to be running all over the place seeing one individual here, one there. I see from your other thread you are interested in Fjords, so I would start contacting breeders in your area and work your way outwards.

But first, get a competent trainer and lessons under your belt before you begin shopping for a horse. The right horse is out there for you, but you need to take the proper steps rather than rushing headlong into ownership before you are really ready or prepared.
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post #10 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 04:24 PM
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If you have the budget and want to avoid more than 1 trip, the easiest way to do this is to find an agent in Europe (Germany, Holland, Denmark, or Spain usually) who will pre-select a bunch of horses for you to try. Then you take 3-5 days to fly there, ride all of them, and pick one. You can also go to Florida during winter show season and try a lot at once. I would never buy a horse without trying them if your intent is to find a good riding partner (vs rescuing, wanting a pet, breeding, etc.). There are agents who work domestically, but I don't know anything about them and you'll still have to travel to try the horses they find.

I agree that concentrating on finding a good trainer first is the best idea. Someone who knows you and your riding will be invaluable for helping you find a match, regardless of where it comes from. What you think you want and what kind of horse is best for you as a rider may not be the same thing and it's always good to have someone around who can guide you. A well-informed trainer can also give you a much better sense of the market and what people actually pay for horses vs. what people ask for.

What are you looking for exactly?
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