Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
My biggest question is, can you afford to keep one long term if you can't sell it? This is what is keeping me from buying a second project to sell at fair (gives me 5-6 months to get a well broke all around horse started on games/jumps).
I own mine, who will always be a project (mentality). I'm okay with that, I've kind of come to terms over it. I've owned her a year and still haven't finished her because I'm learning and having to find different techniques that work for her. I've broke, rebroke, fixed problems, etc but she's different than any of the others. I can canter a perfect pattern on her..but I put her on a circle and ask for a canter? Nope, not going to happen and she'll tank around leaning a ton. But her patterns are great for only seeing them three times.
Anywho..if you answered yes to the question I first asked, then you have to look at the other factors.
-How much are horses with the same training going for in your surrounding areas?
-Will you be showing the horse to promote it during the 2-3 months? Factor in those show costs as well.
-With full-time college and a part-time job, what acceptable time will you have to show said horse to potential buyers (my problem right now)?
-Are you willing to take a loss on a horse just to be rid of it if it's potential just isn't there?
-Is breaking even okay with you? Personally, I don't want to sell a horse for less than I have into it (just physical money, not my time).
-Are you sure you won't fall in love with the horse? If so, will you keep it or still sell?
-Do you know a good prospect when you see them? What if the horse isn't what it seemed when you bought and turns out to be dangerous/more than you can handle? Will you keep trying and hope to not be hurt, sell to anyone you can off-load it on, send it to auction, or..?
Those are just a few that come right to my mind, I'm sure there's more. These are all things to heavily consider though, a wrong answer on any of those or a wrong decision on a prospect can make or break you. Also, if you do get a dangerous horse or one that is too much, what you choose to do with that horse will be on you..and with how the horse world is, everyone will know what you did with it (or think the worst and spread rumors) and make their opinions about you.
Good luck though, I'm hoping I get my raise and division change so I can start flipping as well (like I planned two years ago xD ).
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