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post #1 of 4 Old 08-26-2012, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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need advice

So someones coming to see muss in three days time and she seems really keen, bringing a float down as well and even offered to buy sight unseen but i wont sell him without meeting the people.
Its just kind of set in that Muss might be gone in a few days and even though he scares me hes part of our family, the idea of him going 2 hours away really scares me. I feel so torn. If we can find someone to lease him then we would do that but idk if anyone would be interested.. any advice on if he does sell? :'(

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-26-2012, 08:16 AM
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When you sell you have to realise that he's not your horse anymore. It's hard and sad but its a choice you need to make. Whether he is 10 minutes away, 2 hours away or 10 hours away, he won't be your horse anymore, you won't be able to see him whenever you want and it can be really sad.

But when you're scared of a horse I don't think that ever really goes away. Leasing him out now might put off you being sad but its not a fix. It's also risky - he could get worse or even hurt someone. If you have a good owner really interested in him the best thing you can do is sell him to them I think, if that is the decision you have made.

If you decide not to sell him - then make that decision and make it with a plan. Either way you have to decide on what you want, or circumstance will end up deciding for you.

Try not to be too sad, remember that these people are buying a new horse and that is really exciting for them! Nothing puts a damper on a day like tears and such. If you are nice and friendly then it helps set up the relationship for communication - something it sounds like you might be interested in.

Stay calm, ask questions if you need to. If something seems wrong about them, or you really think they are a bad match, then say so. Don't just ignore it.

Have a sales contract prepared for when they come and don't guarantee safeness or soundness. Be as honest and simple as you can. Each sign and take a copy of the contract.

I hope it goes okay!
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-26-2012, 09:47 AM
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Keep in touch with them! There is no reason you can't be involved in some ways. Ask for updates or photos, heck they may even let you come down and visit. I couldn't see buying a horse from someone and denying them from coming to visit... Unless they are absolute whack jobs. Lol.

Also think of this as a growing opportunity for the both of you! He can get a home where he is productive and useful and can learn some things. Your abilities will be able to grow with an appropriate mount.

Best of luck to you!!
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-26-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thankyou guys I just think I'll miss him :( He was my first horse and hes got such a character!

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