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        11-14-2012, 11:49 AM
    I need him gone!

    I really need to get my QH gelding sold... I have the finances to care for two horses, but not three... and have had my QH up for sale for several months now.

    People seem interested and will schedule a time and day to come visit, then don't show up and never call me and give me a reason why/don't answer their phone when I try to call them and don't respond to a message, etc...

    I was originally asking about $900 (negotiable), then dropped the price down to $700 (negotiable), and am about to drop the price again to $500 (firm)... I just really need Jax gone. I can't financially care for three horses and I can't take less that $500 for him because I at least want to get back the $435 that it cost me to have him gelded...

    I just need him sold... Going back to two horses will cut back a lot on the money I'm spending that I can't really afford to be spending on the horses...
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        11-14-2012, 11:54 AM
    Welcome to the lovely world of horse selling. Many buyers are flakes and tire kickers, especially when it comes to the horses who aren't high dollar athletes.

    Instead of saying you HAVE to get $500 for him, look at this way; the longer he stays, the more he's going to cost you. It might be better to cut your losses and just give him away than keep him on your feed bill.

    I got JJ for free. As an ex-racer, he had tens of thousands of dollars poured into him as a youngster. Saying you have to recoup money while you're continuing to spend more than than just to keep him fed and housed really doesn't make much sense.

    If the horse NEEDS to go, you're going to have to give up the idea of recouping anything.
        11-14-2012, 11:54 AM
    You could offer to take payments from local people with references, like a lease to own. I haven't had much luck selling one of mine for 300. It seems there are many more horses than people looking to buy one, unless you have an unusual color or great bloodlines, or a very well trained horse. Unfortunately mine is none of those! I saw a registered, kid safe TB mare go for 160 at auction, and she was stunning.
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        11-14-2012, 12:04 PM
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    I sympathise and think you're doing the right thing but Speed is right, you do have to look at it in terms of what you'll save by not having him. The market is awful and its the people who historically have bought to lower end fun horses that are feeling the pinch most with rising costs and concerns of job security, people don't even want a free horse these days in case things go wrong and they can't afford to keep it and then in the same boat as you. With this thought leasing or loaning him out with an agreement but no fee might be your best option for now as long as you are willing to take him back if things don't work out. You could always give the people an option to buy at any time at a pre agreed price
    Good luck - hope you can sort something out.
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        11-14-2012, 12:13 PM
    Green Broke
    You very rarely get back what you put into a horse - as SR said, it often comes down to having to decide that stopping the expense of keeping the horse is worth the cost of just writing off the expenses you have had already.
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        11-14-2012, 12:28 PM
    I know... I'm not looking to get back every bit of money I've put into him... I just would really like to at least get back what it cost me to geld him... but I understand what you guys are saying.

    I would love to keep him, but financially, that's not an option, and this time next year I will be attending a different college and my time will be even more cut back, as will money...

    The one person I know out here who would buy him immediately, I won't sell to him. I know he cares for his horses, but it's just not really 'quality care'... and there are other issues that would prevent me from selling to him.

    I would do a lease, but no-one in my community seems to even know what a 'lease' is.

    Guess I just needed to rant.
        11-14-2012, 12:39 PM
    Oh, I definitely understand your frustration, it's just that your situation isn't going to get less expensive the longer you keep him.

    Sometimes we have to make hard choices that even years later we may look back on with distaste. We do what we have to in order to stay afloat financially, and it's not always pretty.
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        11-14-2012, 12:41 PM
    Green Broke
    I gave my QH away... reality is that I was going to spend more on care for her than what she was worth, since it would take at least a few months to sell her.

    The buyer offered me $150 for her but we decided to spend that $$$ on another few weeks with a trainer to make sure she was safe and suitable for what they wanted to use her for. I didn't recoup a penny of what I spent but I knew she went to a good, safe home where's she's happy.
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        11-14-2012, 12:46 PM
    I know...

    I think that I will keep him priced as he is until the new year, since it's not really that far away... and maybe if nothing happens, start going down on his pricing...

    I know I can keep his care the same for a few more months, but once I start my new college next fall, it will be next to impossible, unless I start working more hours while attending college...

    I have a feeling that I will very likely end up and almost give him away, but i'm not that concerned with money, my main concern is finding him a home that will be good to him. He's never, ever been handled aggressively and I've never had to even get onto him... he's always known love and affection and I can't stand the thought of him going to a home where he might be handled roughly.
        11-14-2012, 12:51 PM
    If you aren't that concerned about the money, then you might want spend some of your time and energy checking out the families who might offer him a home.

    Only you can decide what's important.

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