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post #1 of 23 Old 07-08-2012, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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What would you offer?

Long story short: a local barn owner (of a barn I used to ride at) has a cute palomino QH for sale. She's 3 years old, maybe 14 hands, and you can tell she's going to turn into a really good-looking horse. She's not broke and hasn't had much handling at all in the last little while, and from the brief few minutes I saw her today, she looks like she's got a bit of an attitude and is the dominant horse in her field.

I'm still in the consideration stage, as I need to take my personal resources and time into account, but I'm really leaning towards buying her. A bunch of other people have been in contact as well. Nothing really serious, but I know a filly like her will probably go fast, especially because she's already been posted for a week or two.

The thing is, she's asking $800. A bit less, and I would leap at the chance. But $800? I really think that's asking a bit much, and also because the BO didn't buy the filly in the first place: she traded her for a problem bucking gelding she wanted rid of. Given that she was a trade and she just wants her gone (BO's got no time and poor health), I think the BO would be willing to take a bit less for her. But what would be appropriate to offer? I don't want to totally cheap out and turn her off entirely, but I also want to get the best deal I can. I know markets vary in different areas, but what do you think would be a reasonable drop from the 800 asking price?
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post #2 of 23 Old 07-08-2012, 10:20 PM
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If it were me, I'd offer 500, worst she can do is say no or make a counter offer. Really you have nothing to lose by offering less.
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I was thinking 500 as well. You think that's reasonable then?
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$550 $600 are good prices I think
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Is she registered?

Either way, $500 is more than reasonable for an untrained horse that's just pretty.
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Yes she is registered.
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For that, you could possibly find one that is already broke to ride.

Who is going to train her? By the time you pay for all of that, you might be out 2000 or more, and that is low side.

And is she registered?

IF the horse is what you want, and you have the money to have her trained, as I don't know if you can do it or not, then I would offer what I could afford, but don't be surprised if she turns you down.

And something else too, I can't see anyone trading a decent horse for the one you describe. Are you SURE there isn't something seriously wrong with this one?

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For that, you could possibly find one that is already broke to ride.

Who is going to train her? By the time you pay for all of that, you might be out 2000 or more, and that is low side.

And is she registered?

IF the horse is what you want, and you have the money to have her trained, as I don't know if you can do it or not, then I would offer what I could afford, but don't be surprised if she turns you down.

And something else too, I can't see anyone trading a decent horse for the one you describe. Are you SURE there isn't something seriously wrong with this one?
Yes she is registered, and I would be the one training her. That's the purpose of my buying her: something I could break and then sell later on.

As for the trade thing: not sure. I don't know the whole background, but that the guy that took the BO's bucking horse loves it and rides it everywhere and has no problem with it. It was something like he had a couple mares to breed, and the palomino was the one he didn't want to keep for breeding. Something along those lines. She looked healthy and sound and everything, but I will likely get a PPE before buying.

I messaged the BO, she said no she wouldn't take 500. She apparently wants to put the money towards a school horse, and has found one for 900. The highest I'd go would be 600, but if she's that set, I'm not sure that there's even any point offering. I might, -might- go to 700, but I'm not sure. What do you all think?
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$700 is still cheap compared to what she'd probably be in the UK!
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post #10 of 23 Old 07-10-2012, 11:43 AM
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Honestly to me its such a small amount (under $1000), that if this is the horse you want I say go for it. If you are on the fence and don't think this horse would be right for you then just move on and find something else. There are so many horses are the market you will something that works for you the price you want.
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