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post #1 of 12 Old 02-25-2009, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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First Sale

Ok, promised myself I'd get thru this whole post and not cry so hear goes:

I think the time has come for me to sell my horse. She's an (almost) 8 year old Andalusian cross who is green broke. I have a young son and I've come to the realization I just don't have the time she deserves. She is an absolutely magnificent creature, great conformation, fluid movement, just a beauty - but I know allot of people have a hard time seeing that because she's also a little crazy. She's an andy thru and thru, gets extremly attached to people and will follow you around like a little puppy, but she's also tempremental and needs an owner with alot of patients and a light touch.

I don't think I could emotionally handle putting her up for sale myself. What are my options in terms of having someone else do it for me?

I will not send her to an auction. period.

And I don't know anyone that I trust to respect my wishes and sell her for me.

Also she's extremely out of shape and I can't image anyone would want to buy her in her current woolly and fat condition.

Can I send her to a training barn?

We don't have alot of money, could I have them take their fee out of the money they get for her?

I'm really just at a complete loss.

I really really really really... don't want to sell her but I just can't image she's very happy right now. Although I would really like to lease her, I don't see us comming into a position where I could keep her in the lifestyle she deserves for quite a number of years.

Thanks for any suggestions you can offer.
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-27-2009, 06:23 PM
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If you're this torn about selling her, I suggest you put an ad up about someone leasing her. You get to decide who leases her and the terms. There could be someone looking for more riding time but they can't own a horse.

There are people that will take care of selling a horse (putting up the ad, taking pictures, showing potential people) but I do believe they want a commission for it.
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-27-2009, 08:34 PM
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:( I hope you figure out away. I think leasing her out would be a good idea, but it's your choice. goodluck!

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post #4 of 12 Old 02-27-2009, 09:57 PM
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I would def try leasing her out .As already stated ther are probably people who can't afford a horse,but love them just the same This way you are still in charge of her and what happens with her.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-02-2009, 07:33 PM
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I agree that a lease may be a good idea, however if you do not see it working out for you then perhaps you need to be the one to put her up for sale yourself. I know its hard, seeing as I have had to let of a few horses that I genuinely loved and had to sell. An option that may be available for you is to place her up for sale yourself, but really try to screen the potential buyers.

When I sold one of my mares that I was very fond of, I made sure that the buyers were the type of people that I felt I could really trust. I also arranged an agreement where if they ever did decide to sell her, I would have the first rights to buy her back. I understand that this does not work for everyone, but it still is an option to think about. I still have contact with them and the mare is doing wonderful.
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-04-2009, 09:28 PM
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Another thought, people are very hard pressed for money right now and I know plenty of good horseman are out of jobs. You might put up an add stating that your looking for someone to exercise your horse for a limited amount of money. Perhaps someone who is looking to hone their skills or keep them sharp while looking for a stable job. It never hurts to give it a shot before you have to make the final judgement.
It would probably be cheaper than taking her to a training facility and you ensure that the instructor only comes out when you are home so that you can keep an eye out on how the training is going.

The lease idea is a nice way to go though. If the lack of time is your only problem and not money, you can try a free lease.
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post #7 of 12 Old 05-27-2009, 08:19 PM
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After two months I realized my horse was too much horse for me so I fought with the decision to sell him, but couldn't get myself to sell him.( I was worried about what kind of home/person he would be going to)So I hired a trainer to come to the stable to work with him. She was so good with him and he loved her. So I gave him to her. I saw how well they worked together and she loves him as much as I do..She bought him a new halter, saddle blanket, treats, etc BEFORE she knew I was giving him to her. So now I know he has an excellent home. And I get to see him as often as I want! It worked out great..Otherwise a lease or I've seen ads on Craigslist of college kids looking to ride and exercise people"s horses since they are away from theirs or can't afford a horse.
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post #8 of 12 Old 05-28-2009, 07:25 AM
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That's kind of what I'm doing. I don't have my own horse but I love to ride. I responded to an ad on craigslist for this woman who owns a haflinger that was broke to ride, but needed saddle time and someone on her back regularly. She couldn't get anyone to pay for a lease for her because she wasn't well trained, and couldn't afford to send her to a trainer. So I go out there once a week on my day off and ride around her property. I've gotten her out on trails a little here and there with another horse and she does great. Now I am working with this womans mothers horses. One is and andalusian cross like yours, and also a paintxbelgian mare. A lot of people have told me I'm being taken advantage of because people PAY for someone to exercise or train their horses, but this is fine for me. I get to ride, be around horses, and it doesn't cost me a dime!
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post #9 of 12 Old 05-28-2009, 07:34 AM
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Rottenweiler, that's called a symbiotic relationship. There is nothing wrong with it. If you were a professional trainer then a fee for what you do would be in order since that is your livelihood. This is more of a relationship where everyone gets something out of it and at no cost to each other.

I would have paid to ride when I was a youngster!

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post #10 of 12 Old 05-28-2009, 12:55 PM
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Where are you located? I am looking for a lease or a possible buy. We have the nicest little mini farm, I have five other horses that your horse could play with. I definately believe in sending pictures and a video every now and then so you can see how she is doing.
It has always been my dream to own/lease a beauty like that. Do you have pictures?
I promise I won't judge based on what she looks like right now, heck my horses are still shedding and getting back into shape too!
I am a good body clipper so maybe we could clip her up and then start her on a healthy diet, we go through an equine nutritionist...She would have an absolutely incredible home. I am an experienced light rider and I could put some training on her in an agreed upon discipline. If you ever decided that you were ready for her back I would understand and drive her home. I would love to show her if that would be alright with you and maybe at the end of the first year of leasing buy her...If at that time it's what you want to do.

Sorry to rant, I'm just really excited about the possibility of such an amazing horse at my house :)

PM me if you are interested or just post here, I will check back daily!
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