Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Adirondacks, NY
• Horses: 0
Try working with her a little bit again, just to bring her into shape. Make sure her ground manners are still nice....she can lift her feet without sas, she'll stand for grooming, vetting, farrier, etc...make sure she leads without problems, if any of these basics have gone bad, bring her back to par, no one wants to pay much for a horse that has gone weak on the basic stuff. When she passes this stuff, ride her a bit and see how she is....has she forgotten anything? Does she move with energy and spirit or does she want to head back to the barn? Is she responsive to all the simple commands like whoa, walk and trot?
If these things are all good, then 17 years is not too old to get at least $1500 out of her as long as she is sound, healthy and no vices.
However, if she seems to have forgotten the "easy" stuff, some people may think she acts like a green horse, and at 17 years of age, that just is no good....people won't pay much because of those ideas....so make sure that when you have someone come out to see her, that she can perform her basics without trouble.