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post #1 of 18 Old 02-06-2014, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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took on a horse by accident...

Looking for advice....
So... I've loved horses since I was tiny, spent every weekend with my neighbours motley crew until I was old enough to work for lessons and then rode and looked after friends horses pretty much up until I had kids. I always wanted my own but couldn't afford it.
12 months ago a newish friend asked me to help out with her lot... Brilliant. But at her yard is the skinniest most dejected looking horse i've seen.
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post #2 of 18 Old 02-06-2014, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry this is coming in stages..
So he belongs to another friend of hers who no longer has the money or time to look after him properly. Neither do I, but I can't leave him there all ribs and bones. So I ask her if she will loan him to me and she says take him off me completely. I said no, I'll do a six month loan. So now he has gained weight, he is glossy, he is working... Though happy as hell through the winter..and I love him.. But he is eighteen, if I was going to buy one I would probably look for something younger. But then I know him now and although he is a plodded, even my 9 yr old can ride him..
Would I be crazy to buy him off her at 18 ?
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Not at all, if you have the money for his upkeep! If he's cared for properly and isn't yet arthritic or having any problems, he could easily have another 5-10 years of riding left in him. Granted, he'll slow down as time goes on, but a kid-safe horse is worth its weight in gold, and I'm sure he's grateful to you for saving him regardless.
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post #4 of 18 Old 02-06-2014, 08:02 PM
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Depends on the price and what you want to do with him hun ;) If you like you can ride, and throw your kid up there safely. Sounds like he's for you. However, HOW do you want to ride. Do you want to show? Jump, barrel race, trail ride, endurance race? Can he do what your wanting to do? Does it matter more to you if he can do what you want, or that your kid can ride him?
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post #5 of 18 Old 02-06-2014, 08:06 PM
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buy him? I thought she wanted to unload him onto you for free? After you made him sleek and happy? You should pay her??? Hardly! She should pay you!

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post #6 of 18 Old 02-06-2014, 08:10 PM
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I don't think you'd be crazy at all. If you look at it from an analytical standpoint, this is a good horse to get for your first purchase. You already know he is safe for children, you know he's a bit of a plodder so he's not likely to over horse you and that will go along ways towards giving you more seasoning and experience, plus 18 isn't that "old" anymore given the progress that has been made in care and feeding that is now available for the mature horse.

P.S. Just saw tinyliny's post -- price shouldn't be that high but you should have a 'sale' in writing that will stand up to scrutiny in case things go sideways as it has been proven on this forum that they can.
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post #7 of 18 Old 02-06-2014, 09:21 PM
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I think you should keep him and see if she is still willing to give him to you. If you let her have him back he will most likely end up the same was as before. Older horses are great animals to have. They normally are more patient and loving.
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post #8 of 18 Old 02-06-2014, 09:52 PM
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Eighteen isn't all that old for a child-safe horse. He would probably be fine for 4H, if you decide he isn't suited for you.

If you decide to keep him, PLEASE get a Bill of Sale - even if it's only for a dollar. You could be in for trouble down the road if you don't get paperwork and the friend-of-a-friend owner decides he wants the horse back.
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post #9 of 18 Old 02-06-2014, 10:26 PM
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No, you're not crazy to consider it. Just keep in mind that you may be facing the care and expenses of an aging horse that can't be ridden sooner than if you bought something young. That said, someone's 6 year old could go permanently lame tomorrow. Make sure that you can afford this, but I'd be saying the same if it were a young horse. An older horse that both you and your kid can ride sounds like just what you need.

However, I wouldn't not pay much (if anything) for the horse. Remember that they were planning to give him to you for free. They'd be taking advantage of you if they tried to get money from you for a horse that you rehabilitated due to their negligence.
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post #10 of 18 Old 02-06-2014, 10:50 PM
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On a similar note to some previous posts - I have no idea about the legal technicalities, but I would want to make sure that your friend is able to give/sell you the horse. I would imagine a bill of sale would be meaningless if signed by a seller who doesn't actually own the horse if there were any issues in the future.

18 year olds can absolutely have many good years ahead, just comes down to whether he's suitable for what you want, or, if not, if you're fond enough of him that it doesn't matter Would also consider a vet check - as the cliche goes, a free horse can become very expensive very quickly!
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