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        10-10-2009, 11:48 AM
    I need help!

    There are a some people I know who have about 10 horses or so. They have been wanting to sell them for a couple years with no luck. Most of these horses are only broke to lead. Around here horses that are not "dead broke" are very literally worth nothing. My question therefore is this: Is there anywhere left in the U.S. Where these horses may actually have any value at all?

    Please don't misread this. It's not so much about the money as it is the fact that these people are near to putting themselves "in the poor house" in order to keep these animals well fed/cared for.
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        10-10-2009, 05:41 PM
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    Have they tried equine.com?
        10-10-2009, 06:39 PM
    Those horses are a dime a dozen now that there is no bottom market. If they are registered, or have more than decent potential for a discipline, then they might have a chance. If not, then probably not. How much are they asking for them? That could play a big role. I'd say they'd be lucky to get $200 for them at an auction at the end of a lead rope.
        10-11-2009, 10:56 AM
    Well I don't live in the USA, but couldnt someone buy them and instead of saying they have 'no potential' Train them or something ?
    A horse doesnt have to be registered to be a good horse.
    Every horse has potential, they should try everything in there absolute power to selling these horses.
    Such as the Internet, local ads, etc.
    Have you maybe though of getting one ?
        10-11-2009, 11:20 AM
    Unfortunate situation :(

    You know, they might be better off listing them for a good home placement in the adds than trying to make money. Selling horses has been rough for everyone as people have been losign their jobs because of recetion. If they truly care about the care of those horses, I would list them for a good home at a very cheap price just so their care can be handed over.
    Good Luck
        10-11-2009, 11:23 AM
    Agreed, adopting them out might be their best bet.
        10-11-2009, 05:11 PM
    Sadly the way things have been, these types of unbroke horses have been in papers and online ads as free most of the time. And many times they are taken by those that truck them over the border for slaughter. :(
        10-11-2009, 05:19 PM
    That depends on a lot of things. Are the horses good quality or backyard fuglies? If they're registered/papered, well-conformed, have good temperaments and everything, they probably have a chance. It depends on how much they're asking for them, too. If I was in their situation, I would try to find a rescue facility or list them online for a dirt-cheap price. Unfortunately, even high-quality, well trained horses aren't selling like they used to.

    Maybe the owners should at least enter them in some halter classes and see how they do. Show experience is good for raising a horse's marketability, especially if they do well and have some ribbons to show for it.
        10-11-2009, 09:50 PM
    I appreciate the response. Here are a few more details about the situation.
    Most are registered and I believe all are paints. Unfortunately there age(most 6-10 years old) combined with them not being broke to ride makes them even harder to sell. I was hoping someone could direct me to an out of state auction where they may sell for enough to buy my gas.
    I know this sounds strange... let me explain further.
    In addition to the difficulty generally associated with selling horses of this age that are not broke to ride, there are some further difficulties. This fellow will not let the animals go if he thinks they may not be treated apropriately. Furthermore, once they are sold/given away, he will continually check on them and if they are mistreated/malnourished etc he ends up with them back(he of course pays all the expense to get them back). While this is wonderful for the animals that someone cares so much, this crazy is barely keeping himself afloat on their account. I was hoping there was a sale in Nebraska, the Dakotas, or ? Where I could volunteer to take them and they would be gone where he wouldn't be able to continually check on them, ultimately causing himself further financial hardship. This may sound cruel, but if there is a choice to be made: whose welfare am I concerned about, this couple or the horses'? There wouldn't be a moments hesitation in my saying of course this couple is my concern.
        10-12-2009, 09:05 AM
    Um. Wow. I realise you have their best interests in mind, but that sounds highly shady to me. If he's so adamant on their welfare, why would he trust you to haul off his herd to an auction?

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