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post #211 of 303 Old 05-13-2016, 05:15 PM
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Are the plans solid for seeing the roan this weekend? Good luck!
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I've been texting and pm'ing the owners of the "roan" for a couple of days. They're very busy getting ready for a clinic this weekend so it's been hard getting any answers from them. However, this horse still appears to be everything I'm looking for. I use quotation marks around "roan" because she just looks sorrel to me. Has a white blaze. But I like her build. She's slight, not overly bulky like the old style QH. Has been used for 4H and two summers of trail rides for kids. Still young enough to do lots of things, maybe even jump. We agreed to speak on the phone tonight and if she looks good, I may go see her Sunday.

I have a couple of photos, but they're not great. If I go see her this weekend, I'll share to see what you all think.

Off to hand-graze Harley... we're up to 15 minutes a day on lush, fresh grass. This is O/T, but when should I start increasing that? We were doing 5, then 10, but sporadically, like every other night. Last night we did 15 minutes. Tonight another 15 I figure. We're going to have to mow the pasture soon because he's not able to spend any time there yet (still putting up the Electrobraid, ugh).
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post #213 of 303 Old 05-13-2016, 09:18 PM
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I can't wait to hear about the roan and see pics! She sounds great!
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post #214 of 303 Old 05-13-2016, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Talked to the owner of the "roan" mare for sale. We had a great chat on the phone. He told me not to take this the wrong way, but there aren't a lot of really well broke horses in this part of the world. No kidding! However, he's observed that there are lots in the US so he goes there, buys good horses and brings them up here to sell. I told him that I think he's actually providing a great service. Bottom line is that he's right - not a lot of good horses around here, but lots in the US and at relatively cheap prices. This one came from Kentucky.

This horse was examined by a vet and has its Coggins certificate (they have to so they can cross the border). I told him I'd still want a vet check and he's fine with that. He thinks this horse would work well for us, but if not, he has another one we can look at. And if neither of them work, he can actively look for a horse for us. His prices reflect the fact that he has to import the horses, but they're still well within my price range (3-4K). Actually cheaper than some of the horses I've been considering in our area that are outrageously overpriced.

I told him we'd come see her Sunday, weather permitting. Meantime, I'm going to send out messages to all the horse people I know to see if any of them know these people. I just want to make sure they have a decent reputation in the horse world. But I think this could lead to a good horse for us. I'm happy to pay a premium for someone else to do the legwork for me, especially given that I'm really busy right now trying to get Harley's House (our barn) ready. And in a way, people like them have more incentive to create a reputation for themselves and satisfy their customers than someone who just has a backyard pony they want to unload. It's a business to them. They also actively show and participate in clinics so they appear to be pretty knowledgeable horse people.

I'm cautiously optimistic about this lead. I hope I don't get disappointed again.
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post #215 of 303 Old 05-13-2016, 10:04 PM
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He sounds like a great businessman! I would actually prefer a reputable horse trader over someone who is just trying to unload one horse. If he is going to be the "middle man" between you & the U.S. horses, that is ideal! And, it sounds like he is really honest. Of course, he could be feeding you a line, but I'm sure you'll get a feel for that when you meet him in person.
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post #216 of 303 Old 05-14-2016, 02:54 AM
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I hope this is the one! I'm sure you'll get feedback on the dealer from some of your contacts, and keeping my fingers crossed that it's positive. As you say, a dealer has to maintain a decent reputation - at least if he wants to stay in business - so you have a better guarantee buying from him than a private individual.

I bought my first horse from a dealer (my first as a reborn horse owner); she was lovely and cheap and I was very green as a buyer. Didn't do a ppe. Turned out that the sore foot ("she's just been trimmed and her hooves were very long" etcetc) was actually articular ringbone and she was permanently unsound. Despite the fact that the dealer had probably lied to me about her lameness, as I'm sure he knew it wasn't just due to the hoof trim, he took her back without any problems after several months and exchanged her for another mare. The lame mare went for breeding as she had class.

Just goes to prove that a dealer isn't necessarily the worst kind of seller. A private individual would NEVER have taken that mare back. (And also a good example of why you ALWAYS do a ppe lol, especially if you're a green buyer.)

Hoping for good weather on Sunday! And looking forward to hearing news.

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I hope this new lead turns out well! I like that if nothing he has works out for you, that he imports from the US often so that will open up even more possibilities. Fingers crossed that everything is looking up for you now!!
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post #218 of 303 Old 05-14-2016, 10:12 AM
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With an exchange guarantee you can't go wrong. He must know that satisfied clients will increase his business. It is nice to know that not all horses that are shipped to Canada from the US are going to slaughter. Good luck! You know, the old time QH that I remember, the using ranch bred ones, were not the huge wide horses. They were medium width, 15H and under, very good bone and well put together. And they had the best temperaments, like the Labradors of the horse world. This mare may have only light roaning on flanks, etc, it will be interesting!
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post #219 of 303 Old 05-14-2016, 11:16 AM
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And they had the best temperaments, like the Labradors of the horse world. This mare may have only light roaning on flanks, etc, it will be interesting!
Ditto everything you said Whinnie but, I have always called QH's the Labradors of the horse world! How funny to hear someone else thinks the same thing

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post #220 of 303 Old 05-14-2016, 01:43 PM
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Ditto everything you said Whinnie but, I have always called QH's the Labradors of the horse world! How funny to hear someone else thinks the same thing
Of course, I am getting my 4th Labrador (puppy) soon so you know I am a fan!
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