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post #1 of 7 Old 02-10-2014, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Do people ever "trade" horses?

I have an OTTB who is not getting the time and training he deserves. He's a great horse, but needs the proper hand, and I'm feeling like I'm not the right one. I'd be either willing to sell him to the right home, or possibly trade for a more experienced "push button" type horse.

He's 16.2, Dapple Grey OTTB. He's competed in the A show circuit, and has jumped 3' in the past. After a year or so off, I purchased him. He came to me in very bad health, and I've let him just be a horse, and gain the much needed weight. Now that he's back to good health, He's more active, and needs someone who is an experienced rider, and someone who may want a project.
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-10-2014, 11:31 PM
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Yes, some do. Even given his showing history, you may have difficulties finding someone to do an equal trade of a "project horse" that's been off for a year needing an experienced rider for an experienced, truly push button horse. Unless the right opportunity happens to fall into your lap I would look into selling your horse first and then find the right horse for you. Unless, of course, you are fully capable of supporting two horses until your guy is sold.
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-11-2014, 04:55 AM
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Yes, they do.

You may find someone who has 'outgrown' a pushbutton horse and is looking for something with more talent to progress with. A lot of dealers will take a horse in exchange for another too, but always be wary as you're likely not to get the best deal as they will still want to benefit.

It may be easier to cut your losses, sell and then buy a new horse. If you swap, and something goes wrong with your new horse, or your old horse.. do you swap back? What happens?! For me, once sold, its sold. You get a contract that covers your butt, and move on and find what suits you most.
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post #4 of 7 Old 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.

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post #5 of 7 Old 02-11-2014, 08:17 AM
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TBs in particular are sensitive to the diet. If he is receiving a substantial amount of hard feeds, increase his hay and reduce the hard feeds to half or less.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-11-2014, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your response. This isn't a situation I'm going to just jump in.. I want to weight all of my options first. For now, he is happily being a horse having fun in the pasture, and taken care of. I wouldn't just "give" him to anyone just for the sake of the sale. I would want to make sure it's right, and I'd sacrifice paying board to make sure he's safe.

It's not a bad idea to list him for sale, and note on there that I'd be willing to trade. I'll try that approach, and see what happens. Thanks again!
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-11-2014, 01:02 PM
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People definitely do trades, but it isn't as common as outright sales and purchases.

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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