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Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: first time horse buyer ()
Date: January 07, 2013 12:46PM

Hi,
I wanted to buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County... I have a pretty good credit score and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for an area where I can find an affordable horse. Any suggestions on how I should approach it? Any recommendations for an agent who has a good reputation?
Thanks!

edit by Cary: This is a cute troll thread making fun of a first-time home buyer. Moving to Off-Topic with a move notification.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/07/2013 06:24PM by Cary.

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: January 07, 2013 12:48PM

What are you buying this horse for? Nothing perverted I hope.


I think most women that are into horseback riding just want something hairy and muscular between their legs.

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: January 07, 2013 01:03PM

first time horse buyer Wrote:
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> Hi,
> I wanted to buy a horse for the first time in
> Fairfax County... I have a pretty good credit
> score and was wondering if anyone had any
> suggestions for an area where I can find an
> affordable horse. Any suggestions on how I should
> approach it? Any recommendations for an agent who
> has a good reputation?
> Thanks!

You need a credit score of at least 750 to be a qualified horse buyer. Hope that helps!

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: 404 ()
Date: January 07, 2013 01:05PM

First time horse buyer....be prepared to have a LOT of cash for a down payment

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: Itsnotthehorse ()
Date: January 07, 2013 01:22PM

Buying the horse is the cheap part. You can get a horse for free if you look hard enough. Lots of princesses in McLean, Great Falls, and Potomac who got horses from daddy a few years ago are no looking to be free of them now that there interest has changed.

Boarding, feeding, and maintaining the horse is where the cash is needed monthly. Unless you have a barn on your property and have at least an 1 acre of land for grazing, count on spending $450 or more per month for boarding + feed. Veterinary costs also add to that monthly costs. Plus, if you don't know anything about taking care of the horse, be prepared to pay someone to come in daily to feed and care for the horse.

You may want to look at leasing a horse first, to see if you are ready for the comittment of owning one.

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: @horsebuyer ()
Date: January 07, 2013 01:27PM

Define "affordable".

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: January 07, 2013 02:57PM

Horses are also herd animals so you need two horses or a horse and donkey.

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: BEH ()
Date: January 07, 2013 03:08PM

Or a mule, which is the best animal of all the equine.

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: January 07, 2013 03:16PM

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: Bill N. ()
Date: January 07, 2013 03:36PM

Where to start:

What do you think "affordable" means? Or put it another way, how much can you afford to pay for a horse now, including financing that you have already qualified for? That should be your starting point.

Next, remember it is no longer a BUYERS MARKET. We are a long way from the glory days of the last decade but multiple offers and sales for more than listing prices are becoming more common.


Finally, you need to do your homework on the horse.

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: Bill.N. ()
Date: January 07, 2013 04:30PM

Bill N. Wrote:
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> Where to start:
>
> What do you think "affordable" means? Or put it
> another way, how much can you afford to pay for a
> horse now, including financing that you have
> already qualified for? That should be your
> starting point.
>
> Next, remember it is no longer a BUYERS MARKET. We
> are a long way from the glory days of the last
> decade but multiple offers and sales for more than
> listing prices are becoming more common.
>
>
> Finally, you need to do your homework on the
> horse.

LOL. I can appreciate a good joke, even at my own expense.

Seriously though, I think the rule for horses is the same one for yachts and German automobiles: If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: top of the meade to you ()
Date: January 07, 2013 04:32PM

if that is not a receeding hairline I will kiss your ass

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: cheapskate ()
Date: January 07, 2013 04:33PM

Just rent the complete DVD collection of Sex in the City, much cheaper and nothing to clean up after
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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: Darlene Balzac ()
Date: January 07, 2013 04:55PM

Remember: location! location! location!

Do you have a long commute? Do you work from home? Think about quality of life before you buy a horse. Look at the land and zoning restrictions and yes, even the schools.

Also, see if you can qualify for a horse equity loan.

Is there a horseowner association in the potential neighborhood?

Do you have the time to be Harry (or Harriet) Horseowner? Work out your budget for horse improvement projects; they're never-ending, even if you end up buying a new horse. I could say it until I'm hoarse, but I strongly suggest you horse hunt on your own and do not succumb to pressure from sales pros.

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: January 07, 2013 06:02PM

Itsnotthehorse Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Buying the horse is the cheap part. You can get a
> horse for free if you look hard enough. Lots of
> princesses in McLean, Great Falls, and Potomac who
> got horses from daddy a few years ago are no
> looking to be free of them now that there interest
> has changed.
>
> Boarding, feeding, and maintaining the horse is
> where the cash is needed monthly. Unless you have
> a barn on your property and have at least an 1
> acre of land for grazing, count on spending $450
> or more per month for boarding + feed. Veterinary
> costs also add to that monthly costs. Plus, if
> you don't know anything about taking care of the
> horse, be prepared to pay someone to come in daily
> to feed and care for the horse.
>
> You may want to look at leasing a horse first, to
> see if you are ready for the comittment of owning
> one.

sooooooooooo +1

OP, read this once TWICE

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: Farmer Bob ()
Date: January 07, 2013 06:38PM

Maybe I can help. I have 8 horses on my farm and need to downsize the herd. Gaited, Thoroughbred, Quarter, and Work horses. You don't need a credit score just cash. Prices range from $5K-$10K. They are all high quality, registered, and papered. They are cared for daily, trained and ridden at least twice a week, and have been on regular VET and Farrier care.

What kind of horse are you looking for and what do you need to do with it?

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: obama supporter ()
Date: January 07, 2013 06:45PM

I bought a horse I couldnt afford but the bank gave me a loan anyway. Who do I sue?

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Re: Buy a horse for the first time in Fairfax County
Posted by: Perla ()
Date: January 07, 2013 07:46PM

My ex-boyfriend was in a jam and I let him borrow my horse for a few days, just so he could get back and forth to work. It's been a week now and I haven't heard from him and he's not picking up his cell phone. Can the police put a tracer on my horse? I don't care about the guy, I just want my horse back.

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