Update on Selling the Heart Horse. Don't have a choice now...

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        11-29-2010, 03:24 PM
    Update on Selling the Heart Horse. Don't have a choice now...

    Some of you may know I recently was being asked to sell my horse Diesel. To a very nice but very newb couple who would be riding under my EX BO and current employer. She is the type that recommends tie downs, handsy riding, and curbs for breaks.

    I told them I would not be selling because I did not want him in that enviornment even though I knew that aside from bad riding practices, he would be in a good home.

    I did this because I thought I had a very good lease family. Of course assumptions are a terrible thing to make. I just got a text saying "girls r not riding Diesel. You need 2 pay 4 feed and upkeep but can keep him here"
    Seeing as he's on pasture board, feed and upkeep really isnt that much but considering I'm moving away I don't even know if its worth it.

    I don't know what to do. Paying for a horse that I will be 7000 miles away from doesn't seem like the smartest idea especially if they are not riding him like we planned.

    I feel like I have just made a string of bad decisions with not putting him absolutely first and now I am stuck between a rock and a hard place.

    Someone please give me some sort of input? Anything?
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        11-29-2010, 03:28 PM
    Spastic, when are you leaving?

    Is it imperative that you sell him, or would you be willing to give him away to a good home?

    If your goal is just to make sure he goes to a good home, start advertising him now. Make sure you do due diligence and check references.

    You can't guarantee he'll wind up in good circumstances, but if you do everything in your power to make that happen, his chances are much better than just giving him to the first person that shows up.

    I'm sorry. I know you had high hopes for the free lease working out.
        11-29-2010, 03:35 PM
    Where is Diesel now?
        11-29-2010, 03:42 PM
    I leave on January 16th so it's the timing that makes this especially difficult.

    I would give him to a free home if I can find one money is the least of my concerns if he goes to someone else.
    It's the fact that you can never -guarantee- a good home that has me in hysterics right now.
    I'm going to see if maybe someone on my old drill team would take him up though the chances seem slim.
    Ugh. Ranting. I just feel like my heart is being ripped out. This sucks.

    He is currently kept with a friend of my moms. He was on a free lease for her two daughters. Apparently the daughters lost interest or quit riding. I just don't know how feasible it would be for me to pay for his expenses when that far away and I don't want to -think- I can and then get down there and not be able to find a job or something.
        11-29-2010, 03:52 PM
    Green Broke
    You should send him my way! I'm building a really nice barn and every thing!...... I just wish my parents would agree with that :P
        11-29-2010, 03:54 PM
    Hah. I wish you were serious. I'd trust some of the posters on here more than some of the people I got messages from last time I advertised him for free lease.

    I just sent out messages to my drill team, riding instructor, and some girls I trail ride with. Hopefully they can come up with something
        11-29-2010, 03:54 PM
    Spastic, your best bet would be through word of mouth by people you trust, and putting flyers up at local tack/feed stores. That way, you'll at least be hitting your target market.

    No, you can't 100% guarantee he'll go to a safe, forever home, but if you do the best you can to find him the right owner, that's all you can do and no one can fault you for that.
        11-29-2010, 03:59 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
    Hah. I wish you were serious. I'd trust some of the posters on here more than some of the people I got messages from last time I advertised him for free lease.

    I just sent out messages to my drill team, riding instructor, and some girls I trail ride with. Hopefully they can come up with something
    I wish I was serious to. I can't imagen how you feel right now. I used to work for a broker and it killed me every time I had to say good bye. If there in my hands they are their to stay.

    GAH! I feel so sad for you right now... ((((((HUGS))))))
        11-29-2010, 03:59 PM
    I didn't think of feed/tack stores. I'll make some up for the one we have here.
    Last time I did a lot of advertising on Craigslist, DreamHorse, equinenow, etc. I got a bunch of wack jobs wanting a barrel horse for their 3 year old daughter or a trail horse for their 6'2 husband.
    I think I'll try your route this time.

    I just don't want to do wrong by him. I hate feeling like I'm letting him down I guess.
    I told my mom about it and she started crying of course (she is part of the reason I feel so bad about selling him, honestly) and said she would try and get together the money to pay for him. But that is not her responsibility and she doesn't have that kind of money.

    Hopefully spreading him around through word of mouth will find something and until then I'll just find ways to pay for him from overseas.

    ETA: Thanks Sonodor. I never have had problems selling horses in the past, even horses I rode every day. This horse is my only exception though. He's pretty much took me from a equitation-less bareback rider to the rider I am today and I want to make sure he gets what he deserves. It's just hard acknowledging that sometimes someone else has to give that to him other than me.
        11-29-2010, 04:01 PM
    You might also want to consider Chronicle of the Horse. They have a Giveaways section, which is where I found my JJ.

    COTH is almost 40,000 members strong, with posters from all over the world. It might be a good resource for you, since the majority of people on there are all experienced horse owners.

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