02-04-2008, 11:41 PM
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Just a few things:
- if something happens to your finances, do you have a backup plan? With any of these horses you're going to have a bit of trouble finding a new home from them..perhaps not so much with the stud, but especially with the older horses that have vices or health problems.
- Can you deal with a stallion? They can't usually be kept with other horses, certainly not with horses that aren't yours as it's a liability to the other horses. Stallions need extra care and a really sturdy fence that WILL stop him if he smells a mare in heat.
- Has the stallion bred mares before? If he hasn't, then it's marginally better, and you could geld him and he'd probably make a nice gelding.
- With the stallion, do you have the resources to make him a good stallion, so he doesn't end up being another "backyard stallion" that really shouldn't be kept a stallion?
- With the older horses, do you have the resources to keep them healthy if they take a turn for the worst, health-wise?
These are all questions I would sit down and think about before making the decision.
If you go with the mare, good on you - I have a soft spot for rescues, however this mare sounds like she's going to need a "forever home" because she doesn't sound like an easy seller.
The stallion would have sounded like the best prospect, if he was a gelding. If you don't have a breeding program that you'd be adding him to, as well as the resources to market him and improve the TB breed, then you shouldn't buy him. Gelding is an option, however some studs don't lose their studly mind afterwards. Remember: even the sweetest stallions can turn nasty if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I would not recommend the gelding. If he's arthritic now, it's pretty much just a matter of time until he can't be ridden much at all. Again, he'd need a forever home as he doesn't sound like he'd be easy to sell in a pinch.
Take your time finding your perfect horse. I know it's very exciting being able to get a horse... don't jump into buying a horse just for the sake of buying a horse. I think you could find something younger than the older horses and safer than the stud if you look a little harder.
What's your area (state/province.. not your exact location - I'm not a stalker!) and approximate budget? I'm sure I could do a little searching for ya on the internet :)