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How much would you pay?
So as some of you know I've been trying to sell my horses for a while now and we had someone interested in the older one who now has her on trial.
We were told that she was 12 years old and was completely sound, in good health, ect. The only thing wrong was that she had bruised her heal so needed some bar shoes for a few months. When this person came to look at her she's thrown a shoe so we told her to get her farrier to re shoe her and we'd pay, so her farrier came today and we found out that she needs bar shoes otherwise she'll go lame so we were a bit shocked (Our farrier hasn't done her feet before he's just checked to shoes for us) and the woman said that she'd get her vet checked as well because she was quite sensitive by her withers and we got told that shes around 20 years old and she can only be used for light hacking with not much trotting and no cantering (although she quite happy to take off with me) because if you try anything else with her she will just go lame.
So at the moment my mum is really worried because if this is true then my grandad has wasted his money on a 'fantastic dressage horse' that I was going to re train for show jumping. He didn't have her vet checked because she was taken to a local livery yard full of his trustworthy friends who thought she was amazing. The people at the livery yard were very good friends with that last owners. But she's also worried that this might all be made up because the people loaning her keep on telling her to lower the price (£1000 including tack and rugs), we did have one of our friends come and look at her to determine her age and she said that she was about 8 and in thought that she was in good health as she was galloping around the field and jumping the logs.
Sorry it's long. So how much would you pay for a 15.3hh, 20 year old, irish draught x that can be used for light hacking only?
Thanks in advance
No offense but I might pay $100 at most. The age doesn't matter. Its the light riding and lameness issues that throw up a huge red flag. You didn't mention her training or behavior... about the only thing id use her for is small kids but if she takes off on you then I'm not comfortable putting my kids on her. Sorry to say it but you got royally screwed. Good luck!
Piece of advice: get a vet out to confirm all that is being said... from age 8 to 20 is a huge difference besides the fact the lameness issue needs to be addressed BEFORE she goes lame for good. You also failed to mention what the cause of the lameness is.
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People are giving those types of horses away...With no-one to give them to. If you catch my drift.
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I'm sorry Links but I wouldnt pay anything for her at all if whats being said is true.
If you are concerned that they are trying to pull one on you then all you can do is ask a good horse vet to check her out for you and either confirm or dismiss the allegations
Honestly - given the problems you've had with this mare and the way the market is - I would cut my losses and let her go for whatever you can get
Sorry sweetie but you need to move on and give yourself a chance to start fresh with the right horse. Learn from these mistakes - we all make them, you aren't unique.
Let me know how you progress
Everything you described just puts up red flags all over the place. I'd have a PPE done and have the vet verify her rough age just to see. This horse sounds like it needs a lot of work, time and money. There are much better horses out there, check, check and check some more. You might look into your local rescues as well. Shoes, not to mention "special" shoes cost a lot and take attention.
The woman loaning her said that she wants her no matter what so that's why my mum thinks it might be fake as she is looking for a jumper for pony club. The good thing is that my grandad has finally said he doesn't care about the money as long as we find her a good home
I wouldn't pay anything.
She's good hacking out in a group and is normally alright on her own but she has reared when she got stuck between an idiot driver and a motorbike. She's trained in dressage and still remembers after 3 years of nothing, she can jump 2'9 with ease and her walk and trot are beautiful but she needs some schooling in canter as she's quite strong. She backs up because she doesn't like her bit and tosses her head a bit when you put the bridle on but other that that her ground manners are perfect.
I've never noticed her being lame after working even after dressage, jumping or cantering. I wish I could ride her but that incident with the car has just shattered my confidence
Sorry, but she isn't something I would invest in at all. I have enough pasture puffs.
Right now, there are horses are 5-15 years old that are sound with show experience being given away.
Even if you have never noticed her lame, not being able to pass a lameness or PPE is going to be a massive downfall.
I think the best thing for her, if you don't want to keep her, is to see if you can find a family with references that will use her.
SORRY - at work and read that wrong. Link I would be completely honest with any sellers. If you can get anything out of her, I would bet it would be close to nothing. That's just the truth. I would though have a vet come out and really give you the run down on her. It's easier to know her real and age and what's really wrong with her before you try and seller. Seems like you kind of know things about her, I would find out for sure and go from there.
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