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post #11 of 26 Old 08-09-2013, 04:21 AM
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My only thoughts are to make sure that the contract covers what happens if the foal happens to pass away.
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post #12 of 26 Old 08-09-2013, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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I worry about that too Gaminggrrl. The best idea may be that I just buy her outright, with the condition that the former owner gets first chance at the foal for a set price. Hmm, much to think about.

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post #13 of 26 Old 08-09-2013, 05:38 AM
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If you really want the mare, sit down with the owner and discuss the issues and then put it in writing. Whether you wait until after the foal is born or weaned before you take ownership of the mare or you take ownership now and then what to do with the foal. Go thru any and all scenarios and come to an agreement on what would happen for each. Then get it in writing.

Here's my reasoning on the deal. Whomever has ownership, they are really responsible for the vet bills. If you buy the mare now, the foal is yours unless you agree to give it back. Maybe you could put in the agreement, if you are giving the foal back, to split the vet bills.

If it was me and I liked and wanted the mare, I would buy her outright. After the foal is born, you can decide then to keep or sell. A foal is going to take some looking after but the mare will do most of that. I'm not big on imprinting. If that's what you want to do, great. I don't think it has to be done. About the only thing you should do with a foal is to get them used to being handled or touched. It would be easier to halter break them or at least get used to the halter but that can wait too. If you can lead the mare, the foal will follow.

That's just my 2 cents since I haven't dealt with a truly newborn. The youngest I have dealt with, so far since we have one due very soon, was about 3weeks old. We had someone halter break her but we didn't do much else besides grooming and hooves for the first year.
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post #14 of 26 Old 08-09-2013, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
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Well as I said, I wouldn't be taking on foaling out and training by myself I do have someone who is very experienced to help me out. I'm realistic though as far as being pretty firm about not keeping the colt and growing it up-I'm getting close to 50 years old and just had one knee replaced (rueful laugh)-not an ideal situation for taking on my first youngster. I'm at that phase in my riding career to just ride a nicely trained packer :)

I'll know more once the mare gets to my trainer's place today. Of course her pictures/pedigree/show records and video look nice but I need to spend some time watching her and see her being worked before I leap into this. Can't ride yet, I can't even drive until maybe next week...sigh.

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Stupid smartphone double posting!

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I hear ya. I too am getting closer to that age, just turned 43. Each time I get thrown off I wonder if it will be a my first broken bone. At least it would be the first that I know of. Actually, I may have broken my pinky toe recently. I don't go to doctors so I don't know if I did or not, but it does hurt. Stupid horse stepping on it!

I enjoy working with horses. Especially the green ones and problem ones. I get a kick out of the break through moments when they get it. So it doesn't bother me too much knowing there's a chance of me coming off. It's just the sudden stop hitting the ground I'm becoming not to fond of! LOL

One of these days, my body will convince my mind that I'm not 25 still.
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this made me laugh out loud!

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Update, the mare is sweet, well mannered and did fairly well undersaddle. I say fairly well because the person that has her quite frankly doesn't know how to correctly cue her. You could see just how well trained she is but was confused by the constant barrage of bad cues. My trainer is laid up with a knee injury too (go figure right) so the owner rode her.

The mare was patient and really tried hard to understand what was being asked of her. The owner put her green as grass spouse on her, and the mare tried so hard to understand what is was he wanted-he was direct reining her in a grazing bit and her confusion was evident. I finally stood up and suggested he neck rein her and try riding from his seat rather than yanking and booting -yes I was nicer than that. The mare smoothed out after that and has a nice little pitty pat trot and a decent canter.

I so wish I was able to get on her to ride! But my DH threatened divorce if I tried, even though we figured I could haul myself up onto the truck bed and get on her from there. She's kissing 16 hands LOL and I knew I could get up on her...down was the issue ;). We have permission to ride her again, and I will arrange for my trainer and her little protege (great youth rider) to work her in the next few days.

The owner really wants this foal, her love is halter horses and the stud she is bred to is very popular and a halter champion. So, I think if she passes the vetting and we can arrive at a price I might just have a new horse.
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Don't forget that we need pictures if you get her. Hope it works out for you. She sounds nice.
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Woot! That's great news.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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