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    06-06-2010, 03:20 PM
What would you do?

I am doing my best to get into the horse business. I took in my first horse to train this spring, and had glowing comments back from her owners regarding her training. But I'm not sure if I want to bring in other people's horses to train. I worry about the liability of their horses being on our place. But this was a friend, so on this occasion, I wasn't that worried cause she and I had spoke about the "what ifs". But for strangers...well, that's a different story.

I also started my own 2 yr old (no comments please if you don't agree with this). (not sure that it matters but I bought her a year ago for $300.) I was recently offered $1500 for her. A family saw her and they love her and want to buy her for their daughter to show. Now I have to decide if I want to sell her.

If I want to get into horse training, I'm told this is a good way to go about it. I was told these folks with tell others and I could get more interest in my training. But I'm torn on what to do. Here are some of my thoughts.
  • I only have 2 horses at the moment. My 2 yr old and my yearling. So if I sell my 2 yr old then I've lost my own ridable horse.
  • If I sell her, I could pocket a good portion of the $$ and then use the rest to invest in another horse or two. (would be looking at another yearling and a weanling)
  • Investing in two more horses, means I'll have 2 two yr olds to train next year and have an option to keep the best one for myself.
  • I am also currently without a job til August. I could get by just fine..maybe a little tight, but I could still get by without the extra money..but it would sure make getting to August alot easier.
  • I'm worried that I'll regret selling her and wish I hadn't.
  • I won't be without a horse to ride, a friend is willing to loan me a horse for the summer to use.
  • I'm thinking if I did want to sell her, and kept her for another year that I could tack on an extra $1k to her price??
What would you do? Please..no negative comments. If you don't have anything nice to say..please refrain from saying it.
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    06-06-2010, 03:45 PM
I know you are hesitant to sell her, but honestly, I would. Selling horses has become a very tricky business and when you have an interested party who is serious about buying your horse, unless there is something wrong with the buyers, I would do it.

Im not sure where you are at but $1500 sounds a pretty nice price for a young horse. With that money, you could keep 1000 back and get a nice yearling with what is left over. Good luck to you in whatever you decide!
    06-06-2010, 05:42 PM
If you are wanting to get started in the training business, then you may need sell your horse and use that money to get set up with the facilities that you would need to take in customer horses. I spent nearly $3000 just to get set up with panels and feeders for 4 customer horses, plus another $700 for hay so that I will have enough good alfalfa to keep them healthy under pretty heavy work. One thing you can do is have some business cards printed up and put them out at local vet clinics, feed stores, and tack stores. People will pick those up and call and you will probably end up with too much business LOL. That is my problem right now, I have 4 horses and another 5 people waiting .
    06-06-2010, 07:03 PM
Also, selling your horse is a great way to get your name out there. If they want to buy this horse for their daughter to show, and the horse is good (which, he probably is :) ) then there'll be questions like where, who, how much?! It'll spark great interest in you.

You only get one GREAT horse in a lifetime. If this horse isn't it, sell her and move on to a training business
    06-06-2010, 09:18 PM
Originally Posted by kmacdougall    

You only get one GREAT horse in a lifetime. If this horse isn't it, sell her and move on to a training business
That's the thing right there. I think she is a great horse. She's got heart, is willing to brave anything...loves to greet me in pasture and actually seems to enjoy being "with" me. But is that because I trained her that way, or because she's a great horse.

I guess I'm trying not to be emotional about this...but it sure does make it hard to decide.
    06-06-2010, 09:29 PM
It is always a hard decision to sell a horse that you have gotten attached to. But I have found out that while you may only get one phenomenal horse per lifetime, there are lots of great ones out there just waiting for someone to bring that greatness out.

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