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post #11 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 06:46 PM
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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.
Lessons usually just teach you a bit about riding, not about owning and caring for a horse.

No disrespect intended, but you've been out of the saddle for a long time and a lot of your riding experience was as a child/teen. You may be overestimating your ability to evaluate a horse and to deal with issues when they come up - and they WILL come up.

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post #12 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 07:47 PM
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why do you think you would have to go out of state for a horse ? if you are being so specific that you are looking at height,color,age,sex,and breed,and only considering those exact specs
plus what type of training ? push button WP Dressage? hunter jumper reiner cutter roper, all around or what ? you should be able to find a horse within your state . since you were considering a horse out of state teh $ spent on shipping could be added to the amt to spend on a closer located horse.
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post #13 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 07:53 PM
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Definitely get yourself involved with a trainer.

What discipline are you looking to do? And at what level? You may be pleasantly surprised at what's in your area...
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The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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post #14 of 18 Old 06-17-2014, 10:41 PM
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I think what the OP suggests is something I have fantasized about as well......somebody to weed through the chaff and find the best equine candidates for what I'm looking for. If someone could afford that, it would be the best way to find a horse. "Just call me when you have a few good ones to look at."


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post #15 of 18 Old 06-18-2014, 04:38 PM
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I think what you are looking for IS a trainer, but the services you are asking for will cost you a lot. Not every trainer would be willing to provide this service, but i know trainers at my barn often are "off to Europe" for a horse shopping trip. (I live in Los Angeles, so, bless our over-indulgent heart... :))

but again you're talking a lot of money. (a commission/salary for these people and travel costs etc.)

Re: any of my advice - Happy to give my two cents, but not an expert... just a girl who loves riding horses!
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post #16 of 18 Old 06-18-2014, 07:52 PM
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Typical trainers charge a 10% "Finders fee", but some of the better/more reputable trainers will charge as much as 15% or more.

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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Oh, we have 2-3 of those companies in Ireland. They are excellent and do their job really well. But they charge a high fee and you have to be loaded. They always find really nice, quality horses which will go all the way in a particular discipline.
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post #18 of 18 Old 06-19-2014, 07:08 AM
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Oh, we have 2-3 of those companies in Ireland. They are excellent and do their job really well. But they charge a high fee and you have to be loaded. They always find really nice, quality horses which will go all the way in a particular discipline.
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That's interesting I was just going to post that I know a lady in Ireland who sources horses for people and lines up a series of viewings, my neighbour bought her eventer from her and they had a great time doing it!
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