I was pretty deadset and in love with a mustang that I was planning on purchasing in the coming month. It was a lucky find, too, because there are really NO trained mustangs for sale in the Northeast!! Originally she said she just wanted the training fees back for what she put into him with 5 weeks at a training farm near us, 4 years ago. I talked with the training farm and know they now charge $1500 for 5 weeks, so I am assuming it would have even been less. I was planning on and assuming I would pay $1500, even though in the past 4 years the horse has only had 25 rides on him! Not even that much at ALL! And definitely not finished. BUT, I was prepared that that's what it would cost to get a mustang up here.
Needless to say, after all the back and forth, the woman finally told me the price she was thinking of, and it's about $1000 more than I want to spend, and she won't budge. Instead, she posted publicly on facebook that he is more than I want to spend, so now he is available to anyone who wants him.
Maybe it's a silly dream that I have to own one. It was so exciting a month ago to sit down with my husband and do all the budgeting for a horse- board, equine health insurance, savings account for unexpected vet bills, farrier bills, etc etc. and talk to him about the time I would be spending on the barn working for co-op type board.
Now - I know this will sound like stupid and dramatic but - I just want to cry. Who am I kidding? I DID cry! There are other mustangs available through the BLM online adoption, that I could pick up in NY, but my barn doesn't meet the requirements for an ungentled mustang. The TIP program is on hold, so I can't even find a TIP trainer. There are 2 'stangs that I like in NH, but they are $1000 gentled but not saddle trained, and it's hard for me to want to spend $1000 for a mustang that hasn't been started when I know I can get an ungentled one for $125 or so and put the time in myself (if I met the requirements).
Basically, maybe this is a sign that I just can't get a horse. Or a mustang. And that's okay.