I have been looking for a horse for over a year and the last horse I had on trial (way too green for me and threw me twice) belonged to a guy I know from work. He grazes his horses near where I live and there are two nice girls who also graze there. I have gotten to know one of the girls as she was the only person who had ridden the horse I had on trial and from the start was worried he was too much horse for me.
Anyway the trial horse went back and I have been down to visit them recently and she let me ride her horse as I have lost a lot of confidence and her horse is fantastically calm and a great confidence builder. Had a great ride on him and she said I was welcome to come down and ride him anytime.
She has just called me and said that after a lot of thought she wondered if I would like to buy her horse as she brought him as a confidence builder herself and now feels ready to move on from him.
He is a coloured cross bred, 15.3 hh and approx 16 years old. He is not exactly a looker but is very safe and great for a nervous rider like me.
The only thing that makes me feel uncomfortable is working out a price! She said that if I am not interested then she will keep him on and give him a forever home as he has been passed from person to person throughout his life, brought as a confidence builder and then sold on. She would also want first option of buying him back if I ever decided to sell which is fine.
I just feel really awkward making an offer, she wants to sell him with all gear included but since I am a first time buyer I'm really not sure how much I should offer?
She asked what would I feel happy with offering, she could definitely get more advertising online but she doesnt want to do that as she likes the fact that he would just be up the road and with someone she knows.
From what I've seen on the internet a great been there/done that bombproof type can go for anywhere from $3-4000 upwards.
I don't really want to spend more than $2-2500 but don't want to offend her. Any ideas or similar situations that others may have been in?
I am going down to see him tomorrow so I can have another ride and spend a bit of time with him.