I've been looking for months, and despite my fear of commitment (caused by people) and the attitude I've developed of "don't commit--something better could be right around the corner! Don't buy that horse because then something more perfect will show up!" I've decided to make an attempt on buying a mare I looked at a few weeks ago.
The lady was asking $1500..But there's a few things that make me slightly reluctant to pay that. SO! HORSE PEOPLE OF THE FORUM, WHO HAVE WAY MORE EXPERIENCE THAN I DO AND HAVE SPENT MORE TIME HORSE SHOPPING/BUYING/SELLING...If you were looking at her...How much would you pay for this mare?
+Flashy tri color pinto
+Nice personality (not overly friendly, but she's been spoiled "roaming free" for awhile.)
+Bask bred (what am I saying..it seems like EVERY arab is bask related somewhere along the line.)
-500 MILE TRIP EACH WAY. It's going to cost the broke college student alot to either go get her or have some fellow equine enthusiast from Uship haul her here
-Hasn't been ridden consistently...In..oh...forever? She hadn't been ridden for two months when I got on her and she was a lil' fiesty but not bad all things considered (considering I was trying to direct rein her, and her friends were eating dinner and we took her way from it)
-Hasn't had shoes done in..forever
-Only trail ridden.
-Has lump on her side and one on her neck (likely scar tissue but the vet will check)
-Overweight (its cute but I wonder if it's healthy for her..)
-DOESN'T direct rein, only neck rein. Very unique
ANNNNNNNND...ACCORDING TO DREAMHORSE..SHE HAS BEEN FOR SALE SINCE APRIL OF 2009. I KNOW, I know, a red flag, but the ad had no pic, was incredibly tough to find, and the lady lives in a remote area, so that could be why. According the ad title (the lady removed the ad tonight...) "price reduced again" so apparently she started at above 1500 dollars.
The mare is 12 years old (13 in a few months), has had one baby, and the lady has had her since she was 4 years old.
How much should I offer? I didn't see OBO on the ad, but given how long she's been for sale..What would you offer on a mare with all this criteria?