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post #1 of 29 Old 03-13-2012, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy If you don't agree with what the buyer plans to do...

would you still sell your horse to them? Provided, of course, that it is not abusive, illegal or otherwise detrimental.

I have decided to sell my foundation bred filly because she is not going to be useful in the kind of riding I want to do and she does not have the temperament to be a kid-safe horse for my stepson. I have someone coming to look at her this weekend, but they want to do gaming with her, barrels and team penning. Personally, the vast majority of barrel horses I have ever seen were badly trained, hot headed and crazy (the horses as well as the riders). I have no intention of ever running barrels and dislike the sport because of the lack of training and the degree of bad handling I have witnessed.

Sorry for the rant, but back to my question. Given my stance on barrel racing, I am on the fence about selling to this person. What would you do? Apply any event that you dislike to the scenario to make it make sense for you and bare in mind that I think she would do great at the event as long as the training is done well.
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post #2 of 29 Old 03-13-2012, 05:25 PM
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You have the right to decide not to sell her if you wish. There are MANY people i would CRINGE at having my yearling even though i know theyd take care of him but i dont like how i think he would end up in the end. If youve got warning signs flashing than dont sell. But i would given them a chance. Talk to them and see how their views on training are first. Maybe even go see how they ride or see how their trainers works horses. If you feel that she will end up crazy and insane then it is COMPLETELY within your right to refuse a sell.
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post #3 of 29 Old 03-13-2012, 05:26 PM
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Barrel racing and training if done right has no ill effects on a horse. It is extremely ignorant and close minded to think that all(or even most) barrel horses are hot or all training is bad. I do not dislike any event, there are bad trainers/riders/horses in every sport. I'd sell, personally. If she's quick and catty enough she'll do well and most likely enjoy it.
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when i was selling a previous horse, there was a family that really really wanted him, literally calling and emailing every few weeks for the year i had him. i refused to sell to them because they didnt wish to spend much time with him and didnt have the experience [IMO] to own a horse.

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post #5 of 29 Old 03-13-2012, 05:30 PM
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I probably would. Just because something isn't my cup of tea doesn't make it bad. Though I would have concern if the buyer had a reputation for creating nutters or using training practices I didn't agree with.

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I think it depends on your ultimate goal. Is it to sell a horse that doesn't fit in with YOUR program so that you can get one that does? Or do you just want to sell if you can hand pick the home?

I have some horses that I absolutely will hand pick their new home and others that I will sell regardless, unless it's to a known abuser, because they just aren't what I need right now.

Just bear in mind that if you turn down this buyer you could be stuck with that filly for a long time because the market isn't all that great right now.
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I train barrel horses and compete very successfully with them. Not a single one of them is a nut. All of them can show in any other event they please as well (Including reining, dressage, cattle events, and equitation pattern classes). Because they've had excellent training and strong foundations before they ever see a barrel.

Unless the new buyer is a total idiot, and is one of those that just runs the pattern over and over again until by some miracle the horse gets it "right".....Which, isn't ever really "right". I have very strong feelings against people like this.

But in the long run, so long as they aren't hurting the horse or causing damage, if you sell it will be their horse. I'm sure Selena's old owner wouldn't be happy with her barrel training right now. But quite frankly I don't care because she is mine now and I am doing nothing to hurt her, I am just giving her a new job besides her old one to play with.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
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Barrel racing and training if done right has no ill effects on a horse. It is extremely ignorant and close minded to think that all(or even most) barrel horses are hot or all training is bad. I do not dislike any event, there are bad trainers/riders/horses in every sport. I'd sell, personally. If she's quick and catty enough she'll do well and most likely enjoy it.
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While I am sure this is true, I have never seen it done right and thereby have only negative examples to recall. I did not mean to bash the sport, only to point out that I have a negative view of it because I have seen so many negative aspects.
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I have someone coming to look at her this weekend
They have not purchased the horse yet. I wouldn't start to worry unless I had to.

Even so - working cattle events require a solid mind on a horse. Many folks around here cross train cattle and gamers. The cattle work helps give the horse a thought process and something to focus on instead of just running.
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post #10 of 29 Old 03-13-2012, 06:02 PM
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I would probably just sell her personally if this was my horse. I don't really care for team penning but that wouldn't stop me from selling a horse that has the ability to compete in such a sport.
The only situation where I wouldn't would be if I was raising colts and I wanted them to go to a show home to further advance my breeding program. Other than that I don't have many hang ups on selling a horse to someone as long as they are a suitable fit for the horse and they have cash!
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