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post #21 of 26 Old 01-02-2013, 04:12 PM
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I know she might be the only one but I'm worried about what she's going to do with her. At first she said she was looking for something to do shows on and then she decided she was just going to hack and then when she came to to see her she said that she was going used in lessons for some beginner rider she knows. She keeps on changing what she's doing with her and complaining about the price. My grandad said that we might end up putting her in an auction or something but I'm not too keen as most of the horses end up going to slaughter.
My grandad was shocked to find out that the saddle is worth more than the actual horse

WSArabians- I think it's just her friends opinion
Links - I might be wrong but I have a feeling that the woman is a dealer and the mare will make her a profit in the auction
The horse isnt going to be sold for slaughter as I doubt your passport allows it - you can check this yourself but most UK horses are passported as 'not allowed for slaughter' as they will have been given various medications that prevent them going into the food chain. There is no slaughter money at all in a horse that cant be sold for meat - you pretty much have to pay to have them put down so not many riding horse do get sold for slaughter at auctions. If you put a reserve price on her then you are in control and if you speak to the auctioneers about your concerns beforehand they know all the 'dodgy' buyers and the regulars and will give you a nod if they think the bidder is going to give her a good home.
If this sale falls through I would be tempted to sell the tack/rugs separately
The Galvaynes groove - like I said - not foolproof but generally if it isnt visible the horse is 8 or under or its over 25
I think you need to get your own vet to check things out
What is the age on her passport?
Where does the woman who has her on loan live? Please dont give out any names!!!!
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I'm so sorry you're in such a fix. I will tell you, over the years I've learned to get 2nd, 3rd and even 4th opinions. Call one of the big show barns and ask for a vet and farrier referral. Local vets who are not equine practitioners can seldom tell one end of the horse from another - hence the huge span of age remarks. Call a well respected *certified* farrier to check your horse's feet. It may cost a few more dollars but having a horse is a sacrifice and one that should be yours, not the horse's.

Lastly, a dressage horse does not a jumper make. Normally, if their is an especially talented jumper, he may also be retrained as a lower level dressage horse. Dressage is not an instant success thing but requires years and years of dedication. A horse that is already 12 does not have the time or strength left to make it to FEI.

I wish you well and hope you are willing to give your fellow a fair shake.
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Jaydee- She doesn't have an age in her passport that bits blank. The woman lives in Worcestershire and it takes nearly 2 hours to get there. My mum wants to sell her with her saddle because it's custom made for her.

Domino- She's not a fantastic show horse that's ever going to make it into some fancy competition. One of the past owners told us that she'd done a few advanced medium level (?) competitions on her but nothing special, this owner never jumped because she'd broken her back and was quite nervous. Then she was sold to the people before us and was used as a hack for a beginner and she was ridden once every few weeks. When I got her I was re training her to do some local jumping shows because I wanted to compete along side a friend (She does the 3ft classes I don't know what level that is).
The only thing I was uncomfortable with is her canter, I don't know how to explain it, it feels like she's throwing herself forward and then even when you slow her down there's something about it that makes me uncomfortable. She doesn't tense up or try to take control it might just be because I fell off that I don't feel happy with it.
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Why don't you ask to speak to the vet who diagnosed all this? Or the name of the practice so you can call them and speak to them about the mare.

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Links -
I get the thing with the saddle, might be best to sell it with the horse if thats the case
1. I do know of some Worcestershire dealers - you could check her name off against Brightwells sales reports to see if it comes up regularly as thats most likely where she would sell if she is a dealer - I will post you a link
2. You should ask to be able to speak to both the farrier and the vet that made the claims against the horse as its legally yours you are entitled to do that. If you want to get a vet out there yourself to confirm I can give you the name of a very good horse practice that would probably cover that area
3. Accept the offer and walk away from it all - cut your losses
4. Tell her how much you are willing to accept, no negotiations and you want the horse back if she doesnt agree
5. Just a thought - I saw your ad. (on the website I suggested you try) and if you run down there is a 14.2 welsh cob type called Suzie that looks to belong to a trekking centre in Monmouthshire - they are considering an exchange for a bigger horse to suit all heights of rider that they can use for trekking - might suit your mare. A 14.2 like that would be a good size for you and at your age would allow you to compete in junior classes which IMO would be much better - also the size would be less intimidating
Wouldnt cost you anything to go and take a look!!!
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^^^^ And of course I forgot to post the link to Brightwells so here it is. You can look though the past Catalogues and see if the womans name comes up regularly - if it does then it pretty much confirms she's a dealer. You can aslo compare sold prices against the catalogues to give you an idea of what prices are like
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