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post #221 of 303 Old 05-15-2016, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Weather is miserable so I contacted the seller of the "roan" (who doesn't look like a roan at all, lol) to see if he has an indoor. He doesn't, and says it's pouring rain there. But he's coming up my way with another horse and offered to bring along the one I'm interested in! I'm thinking I'll try it out at our BO's indoor.

I don't know whether to be grateful that he's going to drive the horse out here and save me a 3 hr round-trip or be worried that he's so eager to sell. But I suppose this is a business for him, so if he can unload a horse quickly, he can turn a buck that much faster.

Trying to figure out if there's a way I could keep the horse here for a one week trial. Our barn isn't finished and there are no stalls left at the BO's barn. I have a pasture almost finished, but I don't know whether this horse has been on grass yet.
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post #222 of 303 Old 05-15-2016, 10:30 AM
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When I brought up the page it had a zillion horses! One thing to consider, when you are shopping online for a horse, look at those with a video of them in action, not just photos, which can be photoshopped.
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post #223 of 303 Old 05-15-2016, 11:06 AM
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Exciting! The seller must be confident that the horse isn't spooky in strange surroundings when he's willing to trailer her out to you. Hope it goes well and that you can figure out how to set up a week's trial if you like her. Shame you can't just put her in the spare bedroom lol.
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post #224 of 303 Old 05-15-2016, 12:28 PM
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I don't know whether to be grateful that he's going to drive the horse out here and save me a 3 hr round-trip or be worried that he's so eager to sell. But I suppose this is a business for him, so if he can unload a horse quickly, he can turn a buck that much faster.

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That's when it is helpful to know something about the horse trader. I knew one fella that was that ethical. Thirty miles away, in the other direction, was the guy who who would try and sell you a horse trailer with a rotted out frame and whose kids could ride better than a rodeo rider to make any horse look good, lol

Hopefully your Fb inquiries have produced something as to this guy's integrity. If not, go with the glass being half full but don't drop your guard

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post #225 of 303 Old 05-15-2016, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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That's when it is helpful to know something about the horse trader. I knew one fella that was that ethical. Thirty miles away, in the other direction, was the guy who who would try and sell you a horse trailer with a rotted out frame and whose kids could ride better than a rodeo rider to make any horse look good, lol

Hopefully your Fb inquiries have produced something as to this guy's integrity. If not, go with the glass being half full but don't drop your guard
Haven't uncovered any info on this hubsand-wife team yet. The only way I'd consider this horse is with a second ride, then a trial or buy-back contract if both rides are awesome. And of course a PPE.

Certainly NOT dropping my guard on this one! This is a horse dealer, for better or worse.
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post #226 of 303 Old 05-15-2016, 12:54 PM
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Not all horse dealers are bad people - but it's sensible to be cautious because some of them are totally unscrupulous
Some of these horses are bought cheaply at the sort of sales where a lot go into kill pens and sometimes they're there for a good reason but if a dealer thinks they look like they deserve a try they'll give them one - my pinto was one of those but I think we were probably her last chance at them selling her, I'm pretty sure they were taking bets on how long I'd keep her and if I'd returned her she'd have been back in the queue for the slaughter yard.
I'd say without a doubt they'd doped her when I went to try her so if you like the horse, without offending the dealer who could well be a totally honest person, I would suggest you get blood tests taken to rule out dope and pain meds
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post #227 of 303 Old 05-15-2016, 03:49 PM
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On the other hand you have had such a time finding the right horse, maybe this trader has just found a nice little niche market to create his little business, and good luck to him if he is honest (and he has started well with you).

Just do your due diligence and you should be fine. I hope this horse works out for you.

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post #228 of 303 Old 05-15-2016, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the mare was nice. Sweet personality - friendly and likes people. She's a bit scrawny and needs to gain a little weight. Was a little stressed by being on the trailer, then ridden in a strange place, but nothing too bad. She had a bit of a rough trot and canter though. Probably due to her less than ideal confirmation.

BUT... (you all knew that was coming) someone wants this horse on Tuesday, so the seller said I'd have to buy her before Tuesday or he's shipping her off to this other person. He doesn't do trials or buy-back contracts. He was willing to offer to trade for another one of his horses if we weren't happy with this one (and pay the price difference if there is one). I wouldn't even have time to do a PPE. I'm not interested in being pressured into buy a horse on the spot. She may very well be a nice mare, but this guy has only had her for 2 weeks so even if he's honest, he can't know everything there is to know about her either. Did he really expect that I would ride her and just cut him a cheque then and there? There's no way I'm taking that kind of risk.

Meantime, another candidate has popped up. She's a 15 yr old half Arab, half Welsh. The seller and I have emailed back and forth a few times and this seller sounds really nice. She appears to cares more about finding a good home for her horse than turning over a quick buck (in fact, she said she's in no hurry to sell). Shortish mare (technically a pony at 14.1, but I'm only 5 ft tall so I could easily ride her), but on the stocky side. Needs to lose a little weight. The horse was her daughter's, but now she is 21 and has lost interest.

I'm going to go see her on Tuesday, along with a senior QH mare that's in the same area. Here is a pic.

Guess we're still doing the pending approval thing with the photos... that's getting pretty old. Here's a Photobucket link instead:
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post #229 of 303 Old 05-15-2016, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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I got a couple of other pictures that are a little better, but this is the only one they put up on the ad so I don't want to post the other pictures without the seller's permission. She is pretty cute.
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post #230 of 303 Old 05-15-2016, 07:31 PM
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She looks nice but take a good look at her feet when you see her. It's hard to tell from this pic but she looks like she has low heels and this could be hard on her pasterns.
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