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post #1 of 30 Old 07-15-2011, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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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?

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post #2 of 30 Old 07-15-2011, 06:12 PM
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You're asking a bunch of horse lovers if you should buy another horse? LOL. DUH!!!

But seriously, She's a good price, only 2 so has a nice fresh mind for you to manipulate however you like. If you have the money and the will then why not?

I find that I prefer having more than one horse. Sometimes I feel like doing one thing that one of my horses is better at or prefers to do more than the others. It's allways fun to take on another horse when you have the time and money for it. Even if they need work.

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What Lone said.
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post #3 of 30 Old 07-15-2011, 06:33 PM
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Thats how I got my two fillys. Mystic was in a pen with 9 other yearlings and she was the one..... my gut told me! Spyder was a photo that said bam and I looked at her for weeks too! Finally I showed my husband and he said lets go see her! Well that was that! Gut can go a long way to finding a horses of your dreams!
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post #4 of 30 Old 07-15-2011, 06:40 PM
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Might get a vet check to be safe. But a gut feeling means something.
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post #5 of 30 Old 07-15-2011, 09:57 PM
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2 horses usually means lots of work. Speaking from own experience only. If you can afford boarding for 2 horses and will have time to work with both then why not?

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post #6 of 30 Old 07-15-2011, 10:50 PM
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i've found that horses tend to come at you when you least expect it. I've never had success with "horse hunting" i've found all of my (good) horses through happy accidents and 'gut feeling'
I would check the horse out and see if you can manage her problems. As long as you have enough money to cover vet fees for BOTH, i'd say go for it. If another horse addition stretches your money too thin then it's not fair to either one of your horses. If you do buy her post some pics!
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post #7 of 30 Old 07-15-2011, 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by PerchiesKisses View Post
This filly is a clean slate
Just keep in mind that a huge price drop like that usually means something went wrong. Young doesn't mean a truly "clean slate" there are plenty of horses that people screw up from the moment they hit the ground and there's always a chance that this horse is downright dangerous in certain situations. While I'm all for that gut feeling it seems really strange that her pricing would drop THAT MUCH suddenly. Go check her out, play with her a bit, and go from there.

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post #8 of 30 Old 07-15-2011, 11:58 PM
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gut got me my beloved boy and my filly so ... out of my 5 horses lol the otehr 3 were a rescue, a prize and my chilhood mare..
so go for it...
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post #9 of 30 Old 07-16-2011, 02:58 AM
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It's how I got Rascal. I don't regret a minute of it either :) go see her silly!! Hurry up! Post pictures too please!!! LOL

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post #10 of 30 Old 07-16-2011, 08:32 AM
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I believe in "gut feelings", too. After weighing the pros and cons of having a second horse if you are comfortable with the idea definitely go look at the horse. A thought process I've used when making a decision is" "If in doubt, Don't". If the "cons" outweigh the "pros", don't set yourself up for any disappointments that might arise. However, to satisfy your curiosity by all means go see the horse.
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