Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Northern Ontario
Buying on a Gut Feeling (?) Thoughts.. Suggestions?
So I've had Nikki for about a year now and I have no intention of ever parting with him. He sweet an loyal and a great trail horse who has a lot of go and a good enough whoa for me.
Now I am HORRIBLE for browsing horse-selling websites even when I'm not really interested in buying a horse. But I still do, and I like to imagine what it would be like to own some of the horses. And every now and then a horse will jump out at me and I think "wow!" and I'll go back a few times to look at the horse and mull over the idea of it.
Then I was browsing my local listings and I saw a black filly that made me do a double take. She is 2 years old, and black as the Black Stallion with a funky blaze. Best part is she is Percheron-crossed (which is my favourite breed)! I looked at her and immediately wanted to meet her. But I shied away from the price ($1500). Not because I didn't have the money for that, but because I REALLY didn't want to spend that much on a horse when Nikki was doing so good.
So I admired her for weeks (and weeks). And then not two days ago she is relisted for $300. I gasped, emailed the owner out of sheer curiosity, and get a reply back that she is kept literally down the road from my best friend who lives in the middle of nowhere. I asked why price is so low and he says that she's going to need a lot of work.
The challenge sings to my soul. It is like an addiction. A horse that needs work? That is what I live for! Then I emailed a barn about potential boarding (I still haven't seen the filly in person) and they have all the facilities I need for well within my budget.
So I stand at a crossroad where I am thinking that things seem to falling together so perfectly. And I need to be honest with myself, while Nikki is a wonderful horse, he is far from an easy keeper. He is always getting hurt, and it seems like I spend more time bandaging him up than riding him. This filly is a clean slate; and as long as she is sound, I want to buy her.
So my question is, should I go with my gut, which tells me this is a shot of a lifetime, or should I let her go and focus all my attention on my one horse?
A canter is a cure for every evil. ~Benjamin Disraeli