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    01-01-2010, 09:41 PM
They are willing to trailer her to a nearby barn so I can 'test drive' her for a week.
I think that's a very nice offer and a good faith gesture. I wouldn't ask for more, but I would clear my schedule that week so I could do something with her every day and arrange a variety of experiences.

I like her, and I like the owner's description.
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    01-01-2010, 09:54 PM
Hmm...unfortunately I own my own business and it's the busy season for me right now so I couldn't do that. I have two days off a week that I could ride, right now it gets dark early so I don't even have time to ride after work. Just keeping my options open at this point. It's a two hour drive between us so in a way I think that's awefully nice for them to let me 'borrow' their horse for a week AND drive it 2 hours away...but there's a little voice in my head saying 'why are they doing that? Are they that desperate to sell her?'
    01-01-2010, 10:39 PM
If a horse has been well taken care of and is healthy, then age is not a huge factor. We have two older horses, 22 and 20 and both of them can go all day in the steep mountains in Wyoming without a problem. My daughter and granddaughter both ride older horses in barrels, 22 and 23 and you would think both of these two mares ar 5 or 6 yrs old.
I like older horses, they have more experience and are usually more settled than youngsters.
    01-02-2010, 11:28 AM
'why are they doing that? Are they that desperate to sell her?'
I think it's a nice compromise. They probably know the BO or someone that works there, and are confident of the care, and are more comfortable doing that than having her tried at a completely strange and unsupervised location.
It's allowing the trial in a controlled environment.

Why are the doing it? Maybe they're decent horse people who want to make sure it's a good fit for their nice horse before committing. Maybe they realize her best market is as a first horse/novice horse and that first time buyers need a trial. Or maybe, like me, since they prefer to negotiate trials on horses they buy, they feel it's only fair to offer them on horses they sell.

The final reason might be that the market is very soft right now, and she's an older horse.

I think you can make yourself crazy overthinking this.

Don't take a horse on trial unless you can make good use of the trial time.
    01-04-2010, 02:20 AM
The chestnut looks sweet. Did they say why they are selling her?

I'd be suspicious of the lady with the 18 year old TB. Even if she was giving him away for free, the expensive part of a horse is the care, and an older underweight horse might have some vet issues that could really add up to a lot of money. Plus, she sounds crazy wanting 1000 for him - I'd expect there may be lots of issues she wouldn't bother to tell you about, or out and out lie about.

Otherwise, depending on the horse, an 18 year old might be good.

Good luck.

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