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  • horse shopping blues...

    I've been seriously looking at horses since the end of December now. I guess that isn't a lot of time in the long run but it is a bit frustrating. Two horses (out of about 8) were ones I liked a lot after trying them. One ended up injuring herself three days later before I could get her vetted and is no longer rideable. The second one didn't pass the prepurchase exam and it wasn't something I could overlook because it prevented future jumping. Well... you could still jump him but it most likely wasn't a good idea and I didn't think that was fair for the horse.

    So, I'm pouting. Especially after the first mare ended up putting her foot through a fence. I really fell hard for her.

    Tell me it gets better and I just had some bad luck.

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    It'll get better, you've only been looking for a short time

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    • #3
      Last winter I started out thinking it would be a fun process. I did PPEs on THREE before I found one which passed...It went from fun to frustrating, though in the end I found a very nice horse. It took about 4 months to make it all happen and I ended up going across the country.
      Hang in there...
      We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

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      • #4
        You didn't mention the extent of the mare's injury, but you may want to mention the the sellers that if she recovers to please let you know.
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        chaque pas est fait ensemble

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        • #5
          Oh, look up Perfect Pony's posts -- she went through months of that...

          I on the other hand bought the first horse I tried and LOFF her

          Good luck though! The right horse WILL come!
          "Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht

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          • #6
            When I bought my first (to be) upper level event horse, I looked for 4 months. Made calls and inquiries on about 150 and sat on 37, well he was the 38th and I fell in love and all was good. Don't settle just because you get tired of the shopping process.
            OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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            • #7
              Yeah, my experience was and is always a nightmare. I am starting to think I would rather own a nice vacation home somewhere in Mendocino or maybe up near Lake Tahoe rather than own another horse.
              On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sabriel View Post
                So, I'm pouting. Especially after the first mare ended up putting her foot through a fence. I really fell hard for her.
                Just be glad she put her foot through a fence the week before you bought her and not the week after.
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                  Originally posted by LaurieB View Post
                  Just be glad she put her foot through a fence the week before you bought her and not the week after.
                  I do try to look at it like that but what if me making an extra effort to get her vetted sooner and home would have prevented it?

                  I am a firm believe in things happen for a reason. I am being picky and the 8 I have gone to see were chosen out of over 50 inquieries. I've exhausted the easy ads to locate for horses in Virginia, MD, WV, DE and PA. I don't have a huge budget so every two weeks (pay checks) I don't find a horse I am stashing away $$ either to go toward a purchase price or add to my rainy day/emergency fund.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LaurieB View Post
                    Just be glad she put her foot through a fence the week before you bought her and not the week after.
                    My thoughts exactly!!!!
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                    • #11
                      There may be fresh horses hitting the market in the next month. Since not everyone has an indoor, many can't/don't list horses in the winter (or at least this cold, snowy winter). Also, people realize a chunk of the market is in FL, so waiting until they start heading back may be a better choice. I know my jumper/event mare won't be marketed until next month or so. Good luck, remember you have to kiss a lot of toads before you find your prince
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sabriel View Post
                        I don't find a horse I am stashing away $$ either to go toward a purchase price or add to my rainy day/emergency fund.
                        Just keep reminding yourself of the bright side... the longer you look, the more you will have to spend!

                        I think winter is a tough time to buy, unless you are looking in the south.
                        The journey is the destination.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Perfect Pony View Post
                          Yeah, my experience was and is always a nightmare. I am starting to think I would rather own a nice vacation home somewhere in Mendocino or maybe up near Lake Tahoe rather than own another horse.
                          uh-oh, what's going on with your adorable pony?
                          "Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht

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                          • #14
                            Lately I've had people agree to one price, say sold, I arrange my shipper then all of a sudden "Oh no I can't take that for him! I thought you meant X amount!" This is all in writing by the way. Others I arrange to go look at and then right before I go say "Oh my trainer says I need to ask x for him" Which has been up to $2,000 over the price he was 2hrs before.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by InsideLeg2OutsideRein View Post
                              uh-oh, what's going on with your adorable pony?
                              Nothing. Just burnt out and thinking about other things that could have been done with the tens of thousands now gone due to horses! I am actually moving her next weekend closer to you. I almost moved to your barn for a while but it's just too far for me to drive 3 days a week. I need a real grown up vacation I think.
                              On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Perfect Pony View Post
                                Nothing. Just burnt out and thinking about other things that could have been done with the tens of thousands now gone due to horses! I am actually moving her next weekend closer to you. I almost moved to your barn for a while but it's just too far for me to drive 3 days a week. I need a real grown up vacation I think.
                                Oh, treat yourself then! Glad the pony is ok though!
                                "Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by InsideLeg2OutsideRein View Post
                                  I on the other hand bought the first horse I tried and LOFF her
                                  I got lucky too, first horse I seriously tried out I bought! Looked at 2 others before him but I was pretty sure they weren't "it" before I tried them. Sure enough...My guy, on the other hand, I knew just from the video that he was the one! And I have never regretted my decision for a minute!

                                  It will happen, a couple of months really isn't very long. And I should add that I did a lot of "window" shopping online for a few months before I sold my horse and was able to actually go try out horses. I wasn't going to waste anybody's time until I was truly ready to buy. So I really had narrowed it down before I made any buying trips.

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                                  • #18
                                    All good things take time.............. be patient. I have to say it is when you least expect to find the "it" horse it will happen. All of mine I either stumbled upon or was not at all in the purchasing mind frame when I found them.
                                    "Ask often, demand little, reward generously"
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                                    • #19
                                      Hang on in there

                                      The perfect horse is just around the corner.

                                      Ya gotta kiss a lotta frogs before you find the prince!

                                      Come see mine, I'm in VA!
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                                      • #20
                                        It took over a year of horse shopping to find one of the best horses I have ever owned, although frustrating at the time he was worth the wait!!!

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