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        08-25-2012, 08:40 PM
    Wanting to buy a horse...need help!

    Hi guys! Hazels here. It's been a while, hasn't it? Well, I'm back, (for the most part) and this time, with a new love in my life: Lilly. She's a gorgeous, mixed breed horse. She is most likely primarily quarter horse.

    I know I can't live without her...but she isn't mine. So at any time, the owners can move and take my Lilly with them. I couldn't bear it. I would simply breakdown. After knowing her for a time, I know I can't go on without her. I already know I love her.

    So I decided in a number of years I'm going to take my chance. I'm going to -attempt- in buying her. See, but here's the problem; I have no idea what she's worth. She's a five year old, mixed breed, female bay. She is slightly overweight but on a diet. She is also a very good pleasure horse who can easily outrun her barn-mate; County, a purebred quarter horse. Here's a picture of me and her:

    (I'm really short for a fifteen year old. X_x)

    It will end up taking me five years or so to-get a job, (I live in a very small town. There are so few good jobs here...) and save up enough for her. (I couldn't save money to save my life) However much she's worth. I just want your opinion. What you would pay for her. Being so sentimental to me, I'll probably end up over offering...heh. Alright well. Thanks for reading. :o
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        08-26-2012, 06:59 PM
        08-26-2012, 07:07 PM
    Around here she'd sell at the sale barn for around $500....give or take. Maybe more if she is really, really broke. I usually base MY price point on what I could get for them at the sale if they don't work out for me. With the drought, horses are pretty cheap at the moment.
        08-26-2012, 08:03 PM
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    Her worth five (or more) years from now may be quite different than her worth today. If she gains five years of training and skill, her worth can go up - if she is already somewhat aged and is five years older (ie closer to being non-ridable) her worth would lessen.
    How old IS she, what is her current level of training and what, if anything, is being done to increase that level?
        08-26-2012, 08:06 PM
    I mentioned in one of the paragraphs that she is five. Current level of training...she's been training with a semi-professional for two years or so. She is still receiving training.
        08-27-2012, 07:31 AM
    Is she even for sale? You might ask them what they want for her, they may have no interest in selling and than this whole thread is not even applicable.

    If she is for sale their idea of her price and ours could be very different.
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        08-27-2012, 01:21 PM
    A couple of years down the road is a long time when talking about buying a horse. Having your heart set on a horse now will most likely lead to heartbreak. You have no say in whether she'll be sold or kept by her current owners. She is also still in training and still younger. Her price will keep going up as more training goes on her and if the training is not exactly well done, then she will be just as dangerous as a green broke horse. Wait and save up, get more experience and keep looking when you can get a horse for sure.
        08-27-2012, 01:41 PM
    Have you spoken with her owners about purchasing her? If not, you're doing nothing but dreaming.

    A lot can happen in 5 years and although it's nice that you have a goal, I'm not sure this particular horse is the one that is going to make it happen.

    There are too many variables to tell you what she MIGHT be worth in 5 years.
        08-27-2012, 02:03 PM
    Speed: No, I haven't. Because right now I have no money to show, have barely known the owners for two months, and I'm not really even sure that I do want to buy Lilly. Although I love her, there's still so much I haven't done with her. I've ridden her once. Say I decide I want to...be a barrel racer. And Lilly can't barrel race. Then I can't buy her.

    Thank you, though. When I have enough money and experience on Lilly to prove I do want to buy her, then I'll talk to the owners. But not yet.
        08-27-2012, 02:19 PM
    Originally Posted by Hazels    
    I know I can't live without her...but she isn't mine. So at any time, the owners can move and take my Lilly with them. I couldn't bear it. I would simply breakdown. After knowing her for a time, I know I can't go on without her. I already know I love her.
    Okay, so this part of your post is merely extreme exaggeration, then?

    You first say life won't be worth living without her, now you're saying if she can't do what you want to do, then she's not the horse for you. If she were really all that to you it wouldn't matter what YOU wanted to do, you'd adjust your goals for her.

    I know teens are overemotional and dramatic (I used to be one), but this is the quickest turn around I've ever seen.

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