02-11-2014, 06:57 AM
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Yes, people do trade, and I have traded before. My first horse was a gift for me from my mom. She was a hot, green, 16.2 hand, TB-type appaloosa mare. I had no say in her purchase, and my mom was not overly experienced with horses at the time. So, needless to say, it was a bad match. Allie was a nice horse. She was just too much horse for me at my level at the time. I worked with my trainer to try and make the match work. I learned a lot and we did make some progress, but in the end, she was still too much horse for me. My instructor happened to hear a friend (who was and appaloosa breeder) was looking for a mare with my mare's lines to use as a brood mare. This friend also had a nice show gelding that she was selling. He had no place in her breeding barn. So we trailered my mare to her place. I tried the gelding and liked him, so we made the swap. This worked out perfectly. Allie went on to have a lovely filly and then was sold to another friend of my instructor to be a pasture pet/trail horse. I still own the gelding. He was a great confidence builder and I really needed that after facing such challenges with my first horse. He is now my husband's horse and is almost 24 years old.
This is not a common find though. I only did the trade because a perfect opportunity arose. For your situation, I would recommend listing your current horse for sale. Mention in the ad that you are willing to trade and what you're willing to trade for. If you end up selling him and no good trade opportunity comes up, then you will just be horseless until you can find a horse another horse to buy that fits your needs.