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post #11 of 29 Old 05-29-2010, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by aforred View Post
I invited the guy to come in and talk for a while. I told him that he could bring his grandson over and use one of my horses to teach him to ride, but I couldn't help him with the rodeo thing. He wanted a decent junior rodeo horse, and I told him that it was going to take a lot more than what he wanted to spend. I gave him a friend's phone number: she knows a lot of people with barrel horses, so she would be better able to help him.

This all happened a couple weeks ago. He called me yesterday and said he found his granddaughter's horse for $2500, and he'll be able to use him on the farm. He's not sure yet whether his grandson can learn to ride on this horse or not. I told him the invitation to use one of mine was open, just to call first. He's planning on coming next week.
That ridht there is the number one reason not to be rude to someone that says something kind of ridiculous. He started out wanting to pay $150 and ended up dropping $2500 on a horse. You didn't have what he wanted anyway but if you did you could have been driving a guy away that was probably just using a bargaining tactic and planned on spending a reasonable amount.

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post #12 of 29 Old 05-30-2010, 01:15 AM
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I say yes it was wrong. But i am sure i would of laughed on accident. I had someone offer me a lowball price on a well broke gaited horse once. I ended up laughing and had lots of apologizing. It is hard to contain sometimes.

I suggest duct tape next time just in case you need to laugh but cant resist.
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post #13 of 29 Old 05-30-2010, 10:23 AM
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The only thing you can find for under $150 is something that is either crippled (like 3-legged crippled) had some kind of serious health issue (like lamenitus and can't be ridden anymore) some crazy nutto thoroughbred that just came off the track and has no hope of ever being quiet enough for a child, or something that is a million years old. I would have laughed til I wet my pants. No offense to the guy though, he must be new to the horse-shopping business.
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post #14 of 29 Old 05-31-2010, 03:26 AM
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I wouldn't of laughed if I'd been selling it (especially since he was older, and ended up buying an expensive horse) and I would've been offended if I'd been in his shoes and laughed at; in fact, I'd of left without another word and not returned.

How old was he? A 50-year-old has no excuse; if he was 70, he may. My 70+ year old grandparents (and my more sheltered 58 year old uncle) are constantly surprised with how much things cost now, and very well may of offered a similar amount on something (not even nessacarially a horse!) much more valuable. It also may of been a bargaining tactic; he probably knew you'd say "no" and the next words out of his mouth would've been, "how low CAN you go?"

As for the quality of "cheap" horses (or what someone will do with them), it truly depends on the area. For example, in Texas, you cannot buy a horse that is NOT a small, heinz-57 mutt with behavioural problems for less than $100; and IF you get a $100 horse, it'll need groceries and work; on the other hand, in Indiana, it IS a buyer's market, and you CAN get broke horses from $500 and under. If you know the auctions, you can get good greenies and unbrokes for a lot less.

I have a friend that bought a well-broke, gorgeous App. that was 12, lightly scarred and had light arthritis for $25; it was a lesson horse, it was a light-riding horse, but it was a GOOD horse over all. The market is **** here. He sold it again to a friend, and with good diet and medicine, her new owner gallops from his house into town a few times a week and then back.

You can luck out.
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post #15 of 29 Old 05-31-2010, 05:35 AM
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this all seems very similar to the uk. everyone wants a bombproof horse for life 2000 would easily get that over here... but people see the ex racers and pay 500. A few months later they have spent the extra 1500 on vets and farriers and quaks, and realise they are left with a horse they cant ride. /they 'love' the horse to bits and cant part with it.... after all he is really good to feed and cuddle. Ive only had my horse for 18 months and i have been very lucky I can ride him and hes great fun... but i have to admit it is only luck that got me there!
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post #16 of 29 Old 06-05-2010, 04:41 PM
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The market is pretty bad here in northeast Ohio. If one is experienced and doesn't mind a green horse, I've seen quite afew nice prospects for under $500. Nothing kid safe or super well trained of course (unless they are really old or have significant health problems).
I've only sold one horse. First one I bought. Big mistake. I hadn't ridden in years, he was 3 years old and huge... Duh. When I put him up for sale on dreamhorse, I was brutally honest about why I was selling him. I probably made him sound worse than he was even. "I cannot ride this horse, he bolts on me and I'm afraid of him. He needs to go to a confident, experienced, adult rider with training capabilities. He will only go to a good home. If I can't find the right home, he can stay in my pasture.. blah blah..." you get the picture.
People got MAD at me because I turned them down when they said "He's really pretty. I think he'll be a great lesson horse for my 8 year old!" or "Looks like just what I'm looking for. A nice, safe, sane trail buddy..." Um, if he were a lesson horse for little kids, or safe trail buddy, he wouldn't have been for sale!
In the end he went to a man who trained him for jumping, and they were a great pair. But selling that horse was a brutal process for me. I hope to never have to sell another one.
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post #17 of 29 Old 06-09-2010, 12:23 AM
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If someone offered me $150 for one of my horses they'd get a boot in their butt because I would be darn offended by it. Psshh. $150. I spend (well, Daddy more than that just caring for ONE horse in one month, let alone nine.

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post #18 of 29 Old 06-09-2010, 12:28 AM
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^ gotta love daddy eh? Haha!
I would just tell them horses are more expensive then that, being nice and making friends is a whole lot easier then having people think your rude and talking smack about you all over town.
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post #19 of 29 Old 06-09-2010, 02:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Tennessee View Post
If someone offered me $150 for one of my horses they'd get a boot in their butt because I would be darn offended by it. Psshh. $150. I spend (well, Daddy more than that just caring for ONE horse in one month, let alone nine.
You know if someone offered that for one of my horses, I'd be thinking that. You never know who is gonna spread a bad word around about you, so I'm always polite and graceful. I guess thats what working in hospitality teaches you. No matter how much you wanna drop kick someone, you just smile and walk away. Don't hold grudges.
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post #20 of 29 Old 06-09-2010, 04:44 AM
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my friend wants to buy a green horse for that price and train him/her herself i'm like goodluck with that i never say it out loud though
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