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I have been searching forever for a horse back in the states (specifically CO, where i live) that would suit me. However, I'm not finding any horses that would be suitable for the sports i want to do that aren't extremely young or green. Either it's that or i find horses that are wayyy past my level. I have found some good horses, although the only problem is that they are states away!
Would any of you ever buy a horse without meeting it and riding in person? If yes, under what conditions? Or is it just a stupid, crazy idea that can only end badly?
 

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For me personally, no. But there are plenty of people who have done it, and not have it turn out badly.
 

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For me personally, no. But there are plenty of people who have done it, and not have it turn out badly.
Agreed. One of my riding partners freely admits to doing all the wrong things when he bought his first (and only) horse 9 years ago. He bought a 9 year old OTTB right off the track based only on a phone conversation and a couple of pictures. This horse turned out to be 1 in a million and a week after getting him home, he took him out on the trails and has been trail riding him 2x per week ever since. New rider, unretrained TB, and they just worked. I would never do that but for him the stars aligned and the horse never took a bad step.
 

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I've done it, though it is a risk. Actually, when i got my Fjord mare Bella all i had seen were some pictures & knew only what her owners told me. It turned out rather well for me though.
I wouldnt buy a cheap horse from far away or a really young one but if their is good evidence, records, current videos & photos and even a vet check then i would consider it.
 

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I did this time... but this was not the first time I purchased a horse and I am good at knowing what I can train and untrain.... I asked lots of questions that gave me answers and I asked the questions different ways.... I got videos. I knew what I could handle and what I couldn't and it worked out beautifully.

Check out the seller in all ways possible. Google them, google the barn, ask to call the vet they use, the farrier they use.

I did all of these things and now have the sweetest boy with us in Colorado- he came from North Dakota..... so I understand not being able to find a horse in CO.
 

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I did! Well I met her in person but I never rode her etc. I just looked at her XD She came to the yard the next day and I rode her on the lunge with people who know if she is good or not. They told me she would be ok so I bought her. We have had our ups and downs but she is not bad at all!

Wink Wink ;)







And she was reeeeeeeeeeally cheap!
 

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First-Sarahandlola-cute pic!! Second, I've done it before too. I only saw a picture of her and called, asked the questions necessary and picked her up the next day. She is turning out to be a wonderful TB off the track. My Only issue I had was the owner wasn't truthful. When I got there she had a back knee that was bigger then the other. I had a vet look at her before I brought her home and he said it wouldn't be an issue just a cosmetic flaw. When I did get her home she came down with symptoms of colic. So I had vet out again to my place this time and he said it not colic but possilby ulcers, which is common in race horses due to high stress levels at such young ages. I called previous owner and specifically asked him about ulcers and he said "oh ya forgot to tell you she has ulcers". But, when I talked to him previously he said there was no history of colic or any digestive problems. So I think he knew she wouldn't sell unless he kept it to himself. So after finding this out she gets special feed now and is wonderful. But some sellers keep these things to themselves due to the fact they want to sell and know its harder to place horses with conditons such as these. And unfortunately her condition was only seen when her symptoms arose. So, as some get lucky, others are not so lucky. Just be careful, they might look good on outside and sellers say they are healthy, but sometimes symptoms arise that are not seen by the eye at first glance.
 

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I did twice, they came from a kill pen about 2 hours away and there was no way to go see them before hand(very shady i know) so all i had was a few pictures and a video, i got Bella(ottb) at the end of May and then Legacy(leopard appy) beginning on June, both have their issues but overall are great horses
 

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I bought Sunny sight unseen. Best thing to ever happen to me. :wink:
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I bought Scout without seeing him in person. Found him through an online classified site, only a few minutes from home, but I was away at school and unable to see him until the next weekend. He sounded like exactly what I was looking for, and I didn't want to lose out by waiting, so I called my family at home and sent them to take a look (they've indulged my equine obsession for so many years it isn't funny...). My sister checked him over and test rode him (the sellers had only had him for a month, and had never ridden him). Dad was willing to drive away - Scout looked pretty rough in terms of condition. Sis was impressed with his potential, though, and offered to buy him from me if I decided that I didn't like him when I met him. Of course, I loved him. :lol:

If you're planning on buying a horse sight unseen, definitely do all research possible, and, if you can, have a trusted horseperson check it out and report back before buying. :wink:
 

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ive bought a few of my horses sight unseen or untried.
lucky i never met.
sky i met when lame with severe abscess when i went to pick up lucky and had him dropped off to me a few months later.
his sister opal i knew about and rode once. got her a year after that.
duke i got after meeting him without ever riding him and had him on x-ties for a few minues tops the one time i did meet him at about 10pm.
ridge was a rescue and i had limited handling with and rode once but he was on my property after quarantining so it was pretty clear he was mine.

lol now that i think of it, all my horses have pretty much found me! even my first horse nevada was basically a gift - though i DID know and ride him for a year before he became mine (which was good since i was 16 at the time)!

lucky

sky


opal (student on her)

with her son max (regis OLD NA)

duke

ridge


follow your gut ;)
 

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I dont think I would, but then again, if I really liked the look of a horse, I might. One of my friend's bought both her horses from a video, and she has had great success!! Guess it really just depends on the horse, and on the person:)
 

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I have bought 3 horses sight unseen. I will never do it again. I love each of them, but none were what they were marketed as.

Romance was advertised as an in foal mare with a history of doing pony club. She turned out not to be in foal and I have a strong suspicion she has never had a saddle on her back before coming to us.

Nippa was advertised as an awesome little pony that hadn't been broken in properly, but had packed around kids bareback :)roll:). What I got was a nervous wreck who couldn't be caught and gets even more nervous when children are around.

Trojan was advertised as a calm, mellow boy ready to be broken in, previous injury, but declared sound by multiple vets. He arrived high strung and freaked out. He appeared to have a history of abuse as well. We also discovered that he was completely unsound on the leg we were told was sound and also had a spinal injury. Both were deteriorating rapidly. We had to put him to sleep.

Now I can not imagine my life without having any of these horses in it, but I have also learnt my lesson.
 

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I personally would not. I took a horse on a trial after a friend saw it as the horse was a distance from me. I ended up spending $800 on a horse I did not own to find out what was wrong with it before I committed to buying. If I had seen the horse in person before it arrived home I would have walked away.
 

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Personally, no, I wouldn't. Especially if I were looking for a horse to ride. But I also think it depends on the person. I'm the kind of person I cannot ride a horse well unless I have a connection with them. However, if you can happily ride just any horse and don't need that connection, it may be a different story. Even if a friend looked at the horse and rode it and said I'd love it, I still wouldn't.
Example: Someone in our pony club saw this horse on Dreamhorse all the way on the East Coast. She had a friend who lives in Florida, go over to check the horse out. She did this, loved the horse and said he would be wonderful for my friend.
WRONG. Horse was supposed to be a gentle, solid 2'6" jumper. He's very sweet however the first time she ever jumped the horse, he fell over a twelve inch cross rail. Never buy without seeing.
The only time I would ever even consider it would be if I was rescuing a horse and knew of all the issues it could be. Still, even then, I'd be worried.
I think it's very based off of what you're looking for in a horse and what you expect. Personal preferences :)
 

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I was considering several out-of-state horses before I bought my gelding, my trainer would have visited and tried them out first though. I trust my trainer, so I would have been fine going by her opinion.

I wouldn't buy a horse that neither of us had ever seen/tried though.
 
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