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    02-25-2012, 01:50 AM
Would you sell? Hypothetical question!

I am wondering if anyone has had this happen to them before and what their personal decision was or would be if it did happen.

Back in July 2011 I purchased my sorrel mini in my avatar. I bought him from a good friend for a *steal* of a price on him. Honestly, she could have sold him to some stranger and have gotten twice as much or more. I have been attached to this boy ever since she picked him up as a scraggly, malnourished yearling. Just fell in love with him and his very individual personality. When he came up for sale there was no how much is he and I will think about it. It was an instant he is sold!

Well, ever since then people have called her constantly wanting to know if she still has him. She says no, they ask where he is. She says the new owner wants to remain anonymous. The people who are calling and know both of us have figured out where he went and started to call me now! She and I both have politely said he is not for sale. Sorry. Instead of taking the hint they go, I will give you $XXXX.XX for him. Now some of these offers have been 5 times what I paid for him and he is honestly not even started to drive yet. Most of them are getting upset when I say he is getting gelded also on March 19. He is pretty yes, but not stud material in my eyes. I refuse to sell him and the only person who would get him back is my friend.

I guess my question is if you have/had a horse that you were absolutely in love with and someone offered up to 5 times what you paid for it and you have not put hardly any work into the horse, would you sell? Everyone tells me I am nuts for not selling other than my friend , she has no desire to see him go anywhere else in his life. This is not the first time this has happened and mostly it just gets on my nerves that some people can not just take the "he's not for sale" and just keep asking and naming prices.
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    02-25-2012, 02:57 AM
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I may not have been in your situation, but I would say that you would be crazy to sell him to these people. IMO. I would be tempted to block their number, personally. It is one thing to ask, but to call and call and call again even though the answer is no would be so annoying! My patience would be gone and I wouldn't be polite with them anymore. And they get mad that you are planning on gelding him? Gives you a clear idea of what they want him for, so maybe it will be done when he is cut? One can hope. Sorry you have to deal with these people and hope you have a wonderful time working and training your boy
    02-25-2012, 03:05 AM
Nope, no way. But, my emotions tend to win out in my decision making.
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    02-25-2012, 03:08 AM
Absolutely not! If they are getting all upset over you gelding him, then they are considering spreading his genes which may be irresponsible and not really in HIS best interests. He looks like he is happy where he's at, I'd keep him.. no matter what price was offered.
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    02-25-2012, 03:12 AM
Honestly, I believe the only reason they want him to breed is his bloodlines. Honestly you will not find any showy-er (that is not a word, I know) miniatures that do not go back to some of the greats he does. Especially since his grandsire was just sold to Canada with the agreement that he is not bred to anything in the US because they do not want anymore of his foals on the ground here. Just a way for them to keep the prices on them way up there.
    02-25-2012, 03:21 AM
Curiousity here. Why do you feel he is not stud potential? Obviously several feel he is, and while they may be wrong.. Maybe it's a sign you should re-evaluate. I always go by the theory.. you can always take them off. You can't ever put them back on. Usually I have no regrets in gelding.. but there have been 3 horses I did regret gelding. 2 everyone told me I should not geld and I did. And within a year.. I regretted it. The 3rd had an injury before he even arrived (I bought him, had him sent to a near by boarding facility to the original owner), and I decided that it was a great time to geld him too.. before shipping to me. I'd never seen him yet (he was an impulse buy based on 3 crummy weanling photos that were 2 years old haha). He stepped off the trailer.. and I started kicking myself right there.
    02-25-2012, 03:27 AM
I am just not a big fan of his conformation. Nothing hugely major, but not breeding material to me. He is toe out on the front (common in his lines) and has upright pasterns on the front. His back pastern are long. Those are really the only major faults I have. Previous owner said he is a little hard to handle in the show ring as a stallion and actually quit showing him halter due to this. Several people were afraid of him and refused to handle him at all. I have seen nothing he has done at home or at her farm that is unreasonable or disrespectful. He is almost a perfect gentleman (we are still working on the no biting thing). I have seen him show halter though and for a 400lb mini, he can drag a pretty good sized person across an arena! He was interested in a mare in heat that was on the outside of the arena...
The stallion in him just gets the best of him and no matter how well mannered he is everywhere else, in the show ring his hormones take him over.
    02-25-2012, 03:37 AM
I do see those faults, but he is a lot better in many areas than a lot of miniatures i've seen. I really like his neck and back and hip areas (which I think are big issues with a lot of miniatures) (well I like them from the photos you have on your profile of him lol).
    02-25-2012, 03:48 AM
The boy is gorgeous, don't get me wrong. My biggest thing is the issue with him being shown and not listening whatsoever because his hormones take over. He gets that from his grandfather. His grandfather had a very limited show history because he was known as being to much and to hard to handle and it came down to no one wanted to deal with him. The main reason he was thrown into the breeding pen was because he would hurt someone. Produces gorgeous foals and is gorgeous himself, but in no way safe or sane to handle.
    02-25-2012, 04:07 AM
That's too bad. Then yeah, gelding is hopefully the answer.

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