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        05-04-2013, 12:35 PM
    Green Broke
    The price seems high to me for what you describe, but that would just be a matter of researching the prices of similar horses with similar training in your area and maybe giving a counter offer that falls closer to the going price. Good luck.
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        05-04-2013, 02:54 PM
    It does seem high but I don't know how to talk them down because they feel they're giving me a great deal on him. They said he's worth a lot more. If there's something wrong with him that can be fixed then I'd want a deduction of his price. If there's a soundness issue then I won't buy him.

    See, I want to think that coming to my barn would do wonders for him and wuld change him for the better. At the same time I don't want to fool myself into thinking that when in fact nothing might improve. Ugh. I always second-guess and doubt things haha
        05-04-2013, 03:49 PM
    I'd have 800 , all in 20's, show it to them. Tell them that's all I have and walk away. Or haggle....offer 600, they want 1000, meet in the middle, again, with money in hand.
    I don't see anything wrong with the legs, of course I can't see inside, and the other issues I would have fixed in less than two months.
        05-04-2013, 04:30 PM
    I think it'd be worth it, and it does sound like he has ulcers. But I like the look of him and I think he'd make a nice horse for you, of course there's work to be done, but you seem more than capable
        05-04-2013, 04:44 PM
    My trainer wants to see him ridden off-site at my barn next week then have him come back another day for a vet check. There's much more space and better footing where I board my other horse. I'll bring up ulcers to the vet. I looked up symptoms and read this:

    In adult horses, signs of gastric ulcers include:
    • Poor appetite
    • Weight loss and poor body condition
    • Poor hair coat
    • Mild colic
    • Mental dullness or attitude changes
    • Poor performance
    • Lying down more than normal
    I'm not positive about his appetite since I've never seen him at feeding. I graze him though which he loves. In the past, the owners have said that he nibbles at his food then walks off to check out the other horses then goes back to his food multiple times. With the weight loss and body condition, the owner said he's lost weight over the winter but that could also be linked to his need to be floated. They don't have good quality hay either. His coat is rather dull and his skin is dry/flaky in some areas. The attitude changes and performance I guess you guys can judge from what I've told you? I might overthink things. Lastly, I don't know how often he lies down. The owners say that it's often but relate it to laziness. I, personally, have only seen him lie down once.

    And thanks, SullysRider! I do like him but not getting my hopes up just in case since I've seen minor things.

    Based on descriptions and conformations, etc. what do you guys think he'd be worth? How much would you pay for him?
        05-04-2013, 05:10 PM
    I like him! That doesn't matter too much, it matters if you do though. A young, good looking guy like that with iffy care and some minor bad habits ought to come around beautifully with good care and a steady hand.

    I'd say he's worth probably $500-800, which is the price for any healthy young green-broke horse without major issues around here. That said, my horse was probably only worth $800-1000 and I paid $1500 because I wanted him. A few hundred dollars saved really doesn't go far with the price of hay and gas anymore, and he was the horse I wanted, so it was worth it to me. Would it be worth it to you? Only you can decide.
        05-04-2013, 05:11 PM
    Does anyone know how to show a video on this chat? I can try uploading it so ya'll can see him in action and judge :)
        05-04-2013, 05:14 PM
    I think you need to post it to youtube and then post a link.
        05-04-2013, 06:02 PM
    Thanks Sharpie! I don't mind paying the $1000 but of course cheaper would be better, especially if there is a minor problem that the vet finds. I just wish I could see into the future as to whether we would be compatible at my barn haha

    So it's not letting me upload it on my work computer so I'll just post the link. Yes, I look crappy in the video because i'm trying to keep out of his mouth right now and have to separate my arms to help with his turns. I've been told I'm a "prim and proper" rider so it looks awkward trying to alter my riding tendencies to accomodate his green-ness. It also feels very strange and wrong haha Just have to adapt to every horse! Do we look decent together (this was our 2nd lesson together) and somewhat compatible? Or just a train wreck? Lol

        05-05-2013, 12:48 AM
    See miovers market price would be $450, but with propper training his price can go up,

    If you want this horse take him, alot of his issues can be fixed with training and patients

    If you love this horse, take him,

    Don't knock back him because of the price if you love him, to you he is worth it esp if you love him

    Go with what your stomach says!

    With proper training and patients he will and can be your dream horse

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