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        01-02-2011, 11:57 AM
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    Showing
    Horse for sale - can it be true??

    I'm just very puzzled, so want to hear opinions...

    I went to the horse auction in Thurmont yesterday. And I saw a gorgeous horse there - tall, good looking and definitely well cared gelding. Even before I read the description of him I knew he's very well trained (just looking at his movements, flying lead changes, etc.).

    The description said he's 10 years old, registered, and trained to 2nd level dressage, and did hunters as well. I can believe it. Plus as I said, he's very well cared (nice, round, quite, feet done, clipped).

    Now HERE is what I don't get... Even they say "owner lost interest"... Such horses in my area go for $$$ ($10-20K at the least). I didn't stay till his sale (as he was towards the end), but I know in general that 1) 90+% people at this auction don't care about english horses (they want usually nice trail or all-around horse or kid starter), 2) I highly doubt he can be sold for more than $2-3K. So how come that such a nice (and definitely well cared) horse was selling that cheap at the auction?
         
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        01-02-2011, 12:03 PM
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    Green Broke
    Perhaps the owner just needed him gone. He could have been stolen.

    There could also be some underlying issue...like I knew a gelding who looked wonderful and acted nicely and everything, but put him near a mare in season and he goes crazy. Or perhaps he has a soundness issue that isn't apparent without a vet check. Or maybe he's unpredictable and suddenly gets vicious.
         
        01-02-2011, 12:12 PM
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    Originally Posted by Saskia    
    There could also be some underlying issue...like I knew a gelding who looked wonderful and acted nicely and everything, but put him near a mare in season and he goes crazy. Or perhaps he has a soundness issue that isn't apparent without a vet check. Or maybe he's unpredictable and suddenly gets vicious.
    That's what I thought too. I wanted to buy him to get out of there really badly, but I was too afraid to be ripped off (and I can't afford a 3rd horse just to stay in my place )...
         
        01-02-2011, 12:16 PM
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    Green Broke
    I think once the owner lost interest they stopped caring and with the horse market the way it is they didn't want to wait to fetch money for him. Or there is something wrong with him, like stated above.

    You should see some of the reining horses that go through the local auctions here. They only sell for $1000 when they would sell for seven, eight times that if the owner would wait for it.
         
        01-03-2011, 07:02 PM
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    Showing
    Maybe a bad vice, like rearing at shows or something. Kind of odd though that a horse like this sold for so cheap.
         

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