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buy a horse sight unseen and have it delivered to you.

  • sure why not.

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Would you guys buy a horse sight unseen? There is this huge awsome red roan gelding that i really realy want, but he is to far away for me to go see. This is what i would do (this is hypothetical) i would just pay for him and then have a horse hauler go pick him up and bring him to me. I know there are many many many many bads to this, but has anyone done it before? For those of you who dont know what i am talking about, here is the thread http://www.horseforum.com/horse-riding-critique/i-am-love-39441/ im going to make this a poll one, so cast your vote.
 

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if something were to happen were i didnt like him or whatever, i could probably re-sell him no problem. A huge red roan gelding like him that would make a fantastic rope horse or ranch horse. There are alot of ropers and ranchers here that would probably buy him in a heart beat.
 

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I'm kind of an in between, but I'll but a "sure why not" because it isn't an insane thing to do either. I have never done it but I know people who have and they didn't have any issues. It all depends on how trustworthy the seller is and how accurate you are in judging the horse. Push what you can do at home to the max: phone conversations with the owner, videos of the horse etc. If you can, research the horse on databases/online to see his history or if he is actually stolen. If you are doubtful ask them to hold a specific sign next to the horse and take a picture (like asking them to hold a sign that says 120546 next to the horse and take a picture). Getting a trustworthy friend in the area of the horse to look at the horse is ideal. The vet check is also a very important factor, especially with a no-show purchase. Use a good vet you preferably know and take information directly from the vet, do not believe what the seller says the vet said. You said the horse has resale value which is a good thing, also I would have caution with buying a very pricey (18k+) horse or a very cheap (below $700) horse due to the higher prices being a larger sacrifice or scam and low priced horses run a greater risk of being lame/sick etc.
 

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I would say get some kind of contract with a 30-day test policy. That way you wont even have to resell him, you can just get your money back. If a seller isn't willing to do that, then you shouldn't buy him even if you are able to see him.
 

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My Aunty bought a ASH un-seen and it turned out to be fantastic. However, there are many things to take into consideration.
1)Is the seller reputable?
2)Does the seller seem honest?
3)Is the horse exactly what you're looking for?
4)Was the vet check good?
5)Has the seller been co-operative and willing to answer all questions?

Its really important that everything has been looked at. I wouldn't buy unless you say get a 2 or 3 month return policy. Thats just in case he suddenly goes lame or isn't what you expected.
I would buy un-seen if the horse was exactly what I wanted.
 

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hmm i will have to see about a contract thing. The only thing, is that i have absolutly no idea how to do one.
 

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we got my horse from south Dakota, I had only ever met her once a few years ago, but we knew the seller as a friend and the horse wasn't for sale to anybody but us... Haha, so I guess that's a little different. Btlut if you have your heart set on that horse ( he's beautiful by the way!) then I would make sure to try and find as much info as you can on the seller, and on the horse if he has a showing record. I would be worried to do that because, what if you don't like the horses personality or something like that? LOL Im sorta specific on personalities, I have met alot of horses I would not be able to own cuz I don't like their charactor. But he's pretty, so I think it's worth a try!
 

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Hmm, try typing a simple contract like,

I, (Insert Name Here) hereby agree to pay the full purchase price of (Insert Horse's Name Here) and pay it to the vendor, (Insert Seller's Name Here) if it passes a (Insert Time Here) trial period.

Then go on to say who's liable if anything should happen to the horse in the trial period, and yada yada.
 

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I have never bought a horse sight un-seen before BUT we have SOLD a horse sight un-seen before.

I all worked out very well, the lady was coming to see him on the weekend but decided she didn't want to risk losing him to someone else so she called and explained that she would like to purchase him sight un-see. We agreed and she came to pick him up the next day.

A bit different to your situation but I guess my ponit is that it's not really an outragous thing to consider.

I'd probably take the chance.
 

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Ok thanks Gidiji. Thanks guys for the help. I e-mailed the owner asking about a video and what not, so we will see what she says i will keep you guys up dated.
 

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I brought Tai sight unseen. Best thing I've ever done!! We saw a video and a photo, then I had the vet check him over and had him sent down. Only problem when he arrived - he was advertised as 16.3hh, and was actually in excess of 18hh ROFL
 

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I have bought several horses sight unseen, but that was a whole different ballgame. None of them were advertised as being broke to do anything. I think that if you could get videos of him in the arena, on the trail, and at all 3 gaits in both places, showing his stops, turns, and whatever else they claim he can do, that would be a good start. You might also ask if they would be willing to agree to the contract with the trial period in it. I didn't even know that this guy was still in the running :D. I'm glad that you are still working on getting him and I hope it all works out for you.
 

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I bought my horse sight unseen & had him delivered to me. I'm very happy with my purchase. You have to know what you want when you are horse shopping. If you feel he is what you are looking for & you can afford to take a gamble with the purchase price, then go for it. If you can't lose that much money, then pass on him. For me, I was paying a very low price for the horse & only gas money for the transportation so I was able to "throw that money away" if the horse turned out to be not what I wanted.

I don't like doing contracts or trial periods. The only contract should be that the horse changed hands from seller to buyer for such an amount & is being sold as is. Sort of like a reciept. Nothing else really stands up legally if there were to be an issue.
 

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I bought a TWH from a lady in Tennessee sight unseen - and shipped him all the way to Ireland!:shock:

The owner and I did get a pretty good relationship going via email and she sent me video clips and answered any and all my questions very honestly. Also had him vetted over there and spoke at length to the vet afterwards.

Well he eventually turned up and he was everything and more that the seller had stated. Sadly I had to sell him later for personal reasons but he is still very happy in the home he went to:)

Would love to import another one but it would have to be a bit older and been there and done that type but dont know if I could trust anyone else I didnt know as I think maybe I was just very lucky with this lady from the US.:wink:
 

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I have many a time, and might soon again (there's a horse about 5-6 hours from me I'm very interested in but not sure I can make the trip simply because of the animals at home and I can't get a hold of the person who I've always used to feed for me when I'm gone!). But you DO need to be careful. Like you said in your post, if this particular horse doesn't happen to work out, the price is very right that I can sell him and not loose out. It's not that I WANT to buy without meeting/riding, but I simply cannot find this breed of horse in my state :(

So, if you cannot find a horse of that... um... what's the word... breed, color, training, ability, ect, for that price locally (don't forget to add on hauling costs to the price of the horse!), then it's worth checking out.
 

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ok thanks guys. Ya smrobs he is still in the running i never forgot lol. Im still awaiting an e-mail, ugh. But i will keep you guys updated.
 

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I highly suggest against it, but if there is no way you can see a horse you've fallen in love with, I highly recommend doing the following:
- Ask to see a few recent videos (very recent, not "oh, this was shot a year ago") of him being worked with; i.e. groomed, led, lunged, turned loose (to see gaits), and ridden in whatever they advertise him being trained in. Anything that is important to you (ground manners, movement, temperament, willingness under saddle etc etc) ask for a video of.
- Get a vet check from a reputable vet that does not work with that farm. You want an unbiased opinion on the horse.
- Get everything you agree on in writing and signed by both parties - express mail is your friend in this case. For example, if the horse is guaranteed sound for 30 days (barring injury), or guaranteed in any way, get it in writing. More than that, ask the party to initial each and every point, so they can't claim that you changed a portion of the contract.

Red flags to watch out for:
- Getting the brush off; if the seller won't answer questions or seems rushed to get you off the phone, walk away. Same goes with answering certain questions, or refusing to get current photos or videos. If you show that you are absolutely serious about purchasing this horse, they should be doing everything possible to make you 100% comfortable with the purchase.

I'll add more as I think of it :)
 

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if something were to happen were i didnt like him or whatever, i could probably re-sell him no problem. A huge red roan gelding like him that would make a fantastic rope horse or ranch horse. There are alot of ropers and ranchers here that would probably buy him in a heart beat.
RJ, I do caution you with this - the problem with a sight-unseen buy is that (other than the seller's word and the vet exam) you really don't know what his flaws are. He could be good as gold, or he could have some issues - unfortunately that's a big risk you take with buying sight-unseen.
I do urge you to proceed with caution if your heart is set on this horse :) and of course you know I wish you the best of luck with your decision and the outcome.
 

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I bought our Trakehner sight unseen basically...all i saw was 2 videos and some pictures....emailing money is way to easy!! I had a good feeling about this horse and felt i didnt have the time to wait to see him due to another party interested (also sight unseen)...so i fell for it.

he was two years old and was claimed to be halter broke and also work on getting him on a trailer. well....took 6 hours to get him a on trailer. also discovered too he was not completely halter broke as well as not being handled enough and had an issue of him freaking out and jumping the fence. All this in the first 2 weeks at our place.

at that point in time...i thought i had made a HUGE mistake, i cried lots lol

after time went on, he began to trust us and we worked on his halter training. He is 4 yrs old now and just recently backed and he is the sweetest thing ever!! I have NEVER seen a young horse this quiet...my 16 yr old son loves him...as its his horse. we have him boarded where they have an indoor arena, and the barn owner is totally in awe over him...says he normally doesnt like Trakehners and this is the first one he actually likes!
 
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