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post #1 of 9 Old 05-12-2010, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Would you trade one for the other?

I have the opportunity to trade my gelding for what I think to be an equally nice mare. They are both the same age and they are both QH. That is where their similarities end. She is pleasure-bred and shows it. She is very laid back and a real easy ride. Her owner is looking to trade her for a barrel prospect as she is not very fast. My gelding is all that and more. He is a sweet boy with lots of personality but he is also a go-er. He really loves being fast and quite frankly, I'm a bit too old for his speed now. I need a nice trail horse and she needs a fast horse so on the surface, this seems ideal. I just need some help making the judgement as I love my gelding but I really do want to see him used to his full potential. Here is a good shot of her (Red Dun) and a pretty good shot of him (black) Let me know what you think
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-12-2010, 03:53 PM
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Id say go for it if she is all your looking for. YOur guy has beutiful movement. I would do a trial swap first before you actually do hand over your boy, also make sure your not taking on someone elses problems. She looks very laid back and honest in her photo.

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post #3 of 9 Old 05-12-2010, 04:13 PM
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Hmm it almost seems like you both would be getting a good deal out of it. I would make sure however there aren't any surprises with her horse so maybe see if she wants to swap vet checks too. You just want to make sure you aren't swapping out one problem for another.
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-12-2010, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Great advice guys...thank you! Her conformation looks pretty good to me...anyone else see something obvious?
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-12-2010, 04:25 PM
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As long as you are sure that you'd both be getting what you wanted, then sure why wouldn't you swap? I've been considering swapping my 4 year old out with someone who needs a horse like him, and has a mare that I rather like.

In the end I decided against, because I was trying to convince myself that the mare was the right one for me, in the end I knew that she wasn't, so I passed.
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-13-2010, 04:33 PM
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I would definitely do a trial swap (if the other owner agrees) and if you are both happy, go for it. I had an Appy mare that I adored but she had enough energy to go all day and I was looking for a pleasure horse to show. I found her a great home with someone who wanted a Playday horse and I found a nice pleasure gelding. We all came out winners in the deal.
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-13-2010, 05:25 PM
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The black horse is far better looking animal and to me would be worth much more tahn the dime a dozen mare. If you were buying outright is that mare something you would buy? How much would you pay? How much could you get out of yours?
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-13-2010, 05:28 PM
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I did a swap of a 6 yr old race bred quarter horse gelding for an 8yr old quarter horse mare. Best thing I ever did. The owner of the mare wanted something taller( she is just barely 14.2) and the gelding was too big, (close to 16 hands). The mare is relaxed and easy to work with both on the ground and in the saddle, the gelding was wanting to run and go fast all the time.
I am past the age of wanting to run fast, he was too much horse to deal with everyday, I wanted something settled down and well trained.
We traded and both got what we wanted, a nice calm well trained horse for me, and a high end speed type horse for roping for him.
I am not sorry I did the trade, it could not have worked out better for either of us. Plus I got a true blue roan color thrown in for the icing on the cake.
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-13-2010, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone so much for your help in my decision. After our ride today, the trade is off. As nice as she is, we just don't mesh. After struggling so much with this decision ive decided to not place him for sale. Perhaps ill do a free 1/2 lease on him just for another person to get some energy out of him. Thanks again for everyones input!
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