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        05-05-2009, 12:32 AM
      #1
    Foal
    Am I asking for too much?

    I have been looking for a horse for months now. I am looking for something between 4 and 8, at least 15.2hh+ and sound. Green is okay, but must be broke to W/T/C. I am on a budget of $1000. (I CAN increase it, but really don't want to deplete my savings completely.) The horse must absoutely be 100% sound and I WILL be doing a vet check.

    I posted an ad on my local Craigslist and have gotten nothing but hate mail how "if I want a 20k horse that I need to pay 20k".


    Since when is a green broke young sound horse 20k? Am I seriously asking for too much? It's been a while since I've been horse shopping, and never in FL before (only the New England area) but I never had trouble finding young sound horses for under 1k......
         
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        05-05-2009, 02:07 AM
      #2
    Foal
    I have been doing some horse shopping as well and look on equine.com... they have a lot of horses for sale and you can choose your price range.... and no you are not asking too much for the price... I think in this economy people who are broke are expecting someone to pay way too much for their horses... I was looking at a barrel horse that was 45,000 and I saw a video... the horse only turned 18.5 run... that is a 3D run... no way in hell will I pay 45,000 for a 3D horse... ridiculous... and it was 18... I think you are asking a very fair price...
         
        05-05-2009, 02:30 AM
      #3
    Started
    I agree. Economies like this make people unreasonable. Just be patient. You'll find that horse. :]
         
        05-05-2009, 02:45 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Ugh. More hate mail today.

    My fiancee and I were talking today and looking at finances.

    If I don't get a horse, we will be able to save (literally, put in our savings account) about $400 - $500 a month. In 2 years that's $9,600 - $12,000. Plus we've got about $6,500 in our savings. That is $16,100 - $18,500. We own our home now, we've owned it for about 9 months. It's a 2 br 2 ba Condo with a small fenced in yard, but the house is under 900 square feet. We are feeling cramped more and more every day, and really want to buy our next house. This next house will be the house we will raise our children in, and we will be living there for 20+ years, so it has to be the right one. Our main requirement is at least 2 acres for horses.

    $16,100 - $18,500 plus the equity in our current home is enough for a down payment on our next house. (And we could spend a little more on our wedding and honeymoon than we planned!)

    Okay, so I'm rambling. A lot. But all I got was more hate mail, so I took down the ad. I havent found anything close to what I want in months, so I think I am going to stop the horse seach for now. I think I am going to wait until after we buy our next house with land so I can have my horse at home. It may not be until 2 years from now, but that is okay with me. I am working towards a big goal, and I know I will get my horse when the time is right.

    I guess everything does happen for a reason.
         
        05-05-2009, 02:54 PM
      #5
    Trained
    I don't know what FL is like, but around here you could get that horse for about 600-800. I don't think you are asking too much.
    I've seen ads around here looking for a 2D barrel horse age 5-10 for Free or below 1,000. Those are the people that need their head checked...I think you should find something.

    Have you checked websites like dreamhorse?
         
        05-05-2009, 03:03 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Spastic Dove, I've check every single horse website out there daily for the past 4 months. I've actually gone and looked at probably 25 horses and none of them have been what the owners said, or they didn't pass a vet check. :-X I am starting to not like Florida.
         
        05-05-2009, 03:06 PM
      #7
    Trained
    Ick. I'm sorry. People make no sense sometimes. I've got my fingers crossed for you.
         
        05-05-2009, 03:26 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    Eventer, I don't know how old you are, but what you've outlined as a financial plan would put a lot of older adults to shame. The accountant in me says wait it out and get your dream home, there will be lots of time for horse's. Lease one for now......
         
        05-05-2009, 03:30 PM
      #9
    Foal
    No that is not unrealistic as all. The economy is garbage, and you could easily find that around here. It may take some looking and some weeding through horses, but it is do-able.

    I am looking for the same thing, although I don't mind if the horse isn't broke yet even.

    I agree with everyone, I think people are asking way too much for their horses, trying to make a quick buck in a failing economy. Not going to happen though!!

    Good luck!
         
        05-05-2009, 03:45 PM
      #10
    Foal
    G an K's Mom, I am 19, and I will be 20 in 2 months. (I know I am young, I grew up really fast. I have been on my own since I was 16.) My fiancee is 23. The horse lover in me is telling me "you can afford it, it'll make you happy" but the responsible adult in me is saying "It'll be way more worth it in the end when you can walk out your back door and ride your own horse on your own property." Ugh. I love/hate being responsible.
         

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