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Horse shopping: how long did it take you?

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    Originally posted by Momateur View Post
    Sounds like the experience is similar across the board. I've flown to see unsound horses (twice), dealt with one seller gone crazy, one seller totally disappeared, one horse didn't pass PPE, two sold from under me, and a few times the sellers just "forgot to mention" a major vice/quirk/issue. Not fun. Not fun at all.
    I feel your pain. Each time I looked at 70+ horses, none remotely close to their ad. I agree it's not fun. But when you find the right horse it's worth it. Good luck and hang in there.
    In memory of Apache, who loved to play.


      Spent a couple years before I found my current one. I wasn't shopping super hard tho, until my SM decided to take a hard injury that forced retirement on himself. I tell ya, it's hard to horse shop when 99% of your riding is getting done on whatever horse you're looking at that day! LOL.
      My price point was not great, so I knew I'd have to deal with "something" - but good golly I came across horses that ought to have just been put out to pasture. I even had one lady finally try to give me a mare. *Really* nice mare BUT she had fetlock injuries from racing that were pretty serious.

      What finally happened, I basically stopped shopping, and then a fellow COTH'er said "hey did you see...." and the rest, as they say, is history....


        My old horse was the first I looked at, but it took four months before I bought him. Now I was shopping in the lower price range for pleasure/dressage horse. Tried a young Morgan gelding but thought he was too young, too hot, not trained enough. Kept looking. None of the other horses seemed to measure up. When he was still available 4 months later, I bought him! Had him for 20 years. He was a great horse except for soundness issues.

        Current horse I found when doing cyber shopping for a school horse for my BO. Loved his video but he was about 4 hours away and very green (see a pattern here?) My BO was my enabler and we went to see him. Really liked him but at that point as an older rerider, I thought I should get something more trained. Did more cyber-shopping and trips to see and try several horses that didnt work out. More negotiations with first seller and two more long trips and I bought him! At least this time it only took two months... And looking for another prospect really brought home how difficult horse shopping could be.


          Most of the horses I have bought for myself were youngsters and I bought them on sight. There have been a few broke to ride and after trying them I bought them.

          I think we have bought 4-5 for our kids over the years ( pony-horse size) we bought every one we looked at. I've never had a bad one . I just know what I like and can't stand dragging things out.

          I guess I should feel fortunate.


            I have been casually looking for 2 yrs, seriously for 8 months. Four failed PPE, some sellers simply never returned calls or provided pics other than super cute noses...... some you just get a feeling....rode twice then sat-probably needs a refresher, .....yeah it dumped your butt....
            I have been burned buying one sight unseen, not too willing to do that again.
            However, I am more convinced now than ever that buying the wrong one just isn't worth been hasty.


              For last horse, I had something very specific in mind - Appaloosa/16 hands minimum/movement suitable or at least adequate for dressage. But I also had a limited budget, so I knew that meant a youngster, probably unstarted. I had always admired a certain breeder's stock, so checked website - two suitable horses - both 2.5 years - both full color - a filly and a gelding. Went to look, took video, left a small deposit with one week to make decision, showed video to my trainer, she liked the quality of movement of both, bought gelding because of the two I liked his color pattern better (dependent upon PPE, of course). Left him with breeder at a low board rate until he was three, then took to colt starter.

              Previous horse - SIX MONTHS. Do you know how long it takes to find a 16 hand+ Appaloosa that DOESN'T look like a QH? LOL Not to mention, people canNOT measure horses. Unless you know the pedigree mitigates towards size, take at least 3 inches off any ad-stated height!!!!! Also, two out of three were lame at the time I went to look at them, but no seller saw fit to mention that (in one case where I drove 5 hours to see the horse).
              Last edited by Belowthesalt; Sep. 13, 2019, 07:02 PM.


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                Originally posted by Belowthesalt View Post
                Not to mention, people canNOT measure horses. Unless you know the pedigree mitigates towards size, take at least 3 inches off any ad-stated height!!!!! Also, two out of three were lame at the time I went to look at them, but no seller saw fit to mention that (in one case where I drove 5 hours to see the horse).
                OMG, this is SO true!!! What stick are people using?! AND, I have shown up to see lame horses twice in this search. Gee thanks.