Desperately seeking advice- Selling to a vaulting team?

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    03-20-2012, 03:50 PM
Desperately seeking advice- Selling to a vaulting team?

I have had a vaulting team contact me reference Duffy.

They are European Champions.

The horses are vaulted on 3-4 times a week, ridden around 5 times.

My trainer scared me a bit when she said vaulting horses have no life and die very early or are lame quicker due to the stress of cantering a 15m circle day in day out.

I want to know how much is true,
Personal experiences
And would you sell to a vaulter?

Please help.. I don't want to pass up an opportunity, but I don't want her to be run in to the ground....
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    03-20-2012, 03:51 PM
This is their web page.. they're around 20 mins away so I could always go and see them... TEAM NEUSS
    03-20-2012, 03:58 PM
Sell her and move on to the horse that YOU need.

Duffy, I'm a little harsh when it comes to horses because I've raised and ridden and shown so many, so you may not agree with this. That's ok, you don't have to. BUT!

If Duffy were the horse you wanted/needed you wouldn't be selling her. She has the option of being a good horse for you or being sold on. She's chosen not to be a good horse for you. That makes the choice glaringly obvious to me.

Sell her and go find the horse of your dreams, life is too short to deal with a horse who is not, and likely never will be on the same page as you are.
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    03-20-2012, 04:01 PM
Green Broke
Ok, the ONLY way you can really control the future for a horse is to keep it. I could come by and tell you that it's going to be my sweet lil pasture pet and then turn around and sell the horse 2 weeks later to the meat man.

If you are selling, you're selling and need to accept that you cannot control the future of your horse from here on out.

There is absolutely no way I would EVER buy a horse from someone who is going to come examine my place, demand to know what I am going to do with what would then be MY horse and so forth. Are you selling her or not? Something to think about.....
    03-20-2012, 04:04 PM
Guys, I really appreciate your words, and I know in my heart of hearts I have to sell her.


You don't sell a badly conformed horse to barrel race for two years before its no longer rideable, if you get my drift.

If she was worked a few years then became a pasture pet, no issue.. but I don't know what lives Vaulting horses have, the stresses it puts on their legs and whether I am better off continuing selling her on as a riding horse.
    03-20-2012, 04:07 PM
Green Broke
And whose to say the individual who buys her as a riding horse won't decide to take up Vaulting?

Or maybe they'll take up barrel racing or eventing?

You cannot control the future of a horse you sell.
    03-20-2012, 04:09 PM
Thats true, but like I said, I'm not interested in selling techniques right now, I'm wanting people, who have experience or knowledge of, to let me know the effects of vaulting on a horse.

I am looking through their horses at the moment, and most of them have been there since 06/07..and some travelled to America for comps...
    03-20-2012, 04:10 PM
Duffy, the point is, you are selling. And yes, if the kid who bought the poorly conformed horse to use as a barrel racer, I would sell the horse. I would not advertise the horse as a barrel racer, but it's not my problem what the new owner chooses to use the horse for. If the horse breaks down under their care, it's their problem, they should know better.

I'd say it's a pretty big compliment that the vaulters want Duffy. Those horses are trained to within an inch of their lives and they are pretty cossetted and cared for. I wouldn't think twice about selling her to them. Remember, your trainer is making money by having Duffy on her string right now. If you sell her and don't have another horse, she's not making the same amount of money. Also, it sounds like the vaulters didn't contact you through her, so she won't make a commission, if that's the case. Be sure there's no agenda behind what she's saying, and even then, look for the agenda because everyone in the horse biz has one.

Look at Duffy like a not real great boyfriend. If you break up with your boyfriend because he's disrespectful and you don't trust him, do you care what the next girl does with him? NO! He can either learn through experience to become a good boyfriend for someone else or he'll get passed on again......See what I'm saying? Duffy has the choice to become the best vaulter's horse in the world.....or not......but it's her choice to get with SOMEONE'S program if she wants to keep eating. If she chooses to NOT be agreeable to someone, then someone else will make a harder decision about her but it's not YOUR problem.
    03-20-2012, 04:13 PM
I never thought of it like that.. she does work well on the lunge too... and when I said I can go see them, I didn't mean as in SURPRISE VISIT :K style, but ask if they mind if I come see her occassionaly and see how she's getting on as they're so close.. some people don't mind, some do.

You think I should go ahead and make the appointment, then.. see how it goes?
    03-20-2012, 04:15 PM
Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
I never thought of it like that.. she does work well on the lunge too... and when I said I can go see them, I didn't mean as in SURPRISE VISIT :K style, but ask if they mind if I come see her occassionaly and see how she's getting on as they're so close.. some people don't mind, some do.

You think I should go ahead and make the appointment, then.. see how it goes?

I personaly would more than make the appointment, I'd be sure she was on the trailer when they left.

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