Drum Horses... I have a chance to buy.
Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated by the Gypsy/Drum horses and, as usual for me, they happen to be more expensive than I could ever hope to be able to pay. So for years I have just admired and drooled over the photos that I have seen of them... well, I might have the oportunity to be able to purchase a Drum horse. Well, not technically... it isn't a horse just yet. ;) What I mean is that I have been contacted by a family friend who knows my love of the breeds and she recently started a breeding facility for the Drum horses. They are apparently rare in North America and that is probably why they are so expensive!
Anyways, what she offered is this.. she would breed her stallion who is registered with the ADHA and listed on their website as an approved breeding stallion, to a registered Drum mare she has. This would cost me $2500. The great part about it is the fact that I only have to put down $500 at the time of the breeding and then once the foal is born I have until he/she is weaned to make payments for the rest of the 2500. The bad part about it is she is located in Alberta, Canada and I am located in Pennsylvania! :(
She says that she has shipped horses all over North America and so I asked her how much it might cost to ship a weanling that far... she said that it shouldn't be over 1800 plus the paperwork fees for crossing the border.
My question is this, would you enter into this contract to purchase a horse that hasn't even been born yet and then hope that by the time he/she is ready to be shipped to you that you can afford the shipping fees? That's almost two years and who knows what might happen between now and then... only thing is that this might be the only chance I'll ever get to purchase a Drum horse... I'm curious what y'all might do in this situation.