Another How much can I get thread
You guys are probably sick of these threads. But I am really debating selling my horse Romeo. We butt heads a lot and even though I love him dearly I feel he is too much horse for me in the attitude department.
He did really well for the trainer last winter but he takes advantage of my timidness. My trainer had a blast riding him because she is more take charge which is what he needs.
But here is some info:
16 yrs old
He knows leads, really soft in his face, works off legs decently, can do roll backs decently also those are things he was learning before winter and I stopped riding
Been shown a bit in barrel racing and halter class (Just at fair)
He is really safe in the arena
Been trail ridden, safe on the road
*He is a bit shabby from not doing anything this winter*
He loads into a trailer fairly well now
crosses water after he knows you are serious
easy catch, lead, tie, clip etc
He is located in MN
He does tend to be bossy in the herd
And the biggest worry in my mind
He may have ring bone. I am working on a seperate vet bill and then I am gonna get an x-ray done to see.
His neck looks funky in this pic, but its the most recent one of his body
If he has ringbone, I doubt you would find a buyer, unless they are looking for a pasture friend. I do hope he doesn't have that. Would your trainer be willing to buy him? It's no fun to feel overhorsed.
ONE MEEEEELLION DOLLARS!!!!!!
Actually, with the potential ring bone I would probably keep his price on the low side. Ring bone can be expensive and painfull (in the long run). I did have a TWH that had ringbone though and he lived to be 38 years old. I rode him into his mid thirties...
Do you need money to buy a new horse?
At the moment, with the big question mark of ring bone hanging over his head, his worth is not able to be determined. Once that is settled, you could start assessing the rest of it. The two things that do stick out to me in your description are
Right. It sounds like he won't cross water unless you beat him. Same for trailer.
I would get this lameness issue sorted out and then decide about selling him.
I cannot buy a horse without selling him right now, but after I finish school and get my job is when I am seriously starting to look.
I don't have to beat him to get him to cross water or load him, I know as a potential buyer with how I worded it that is what it would sound like, but to load him he may need to lunge in a circle a couple times and then he gets in (Though he walked in every time this year with ease) and he does need work on water crossing I just make him do circles or work outside the water and then he gets to chill in the water.
I plan on getting the x-ray done this spring.
The ring bone is really what I am concerned about.
Even in my area where prices are higher, under $1000.
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I can't make a guess without knowing for sure about the ring bone. I have met plenty of horses with it and some were just fine while others were lame. I would be comfortable saying you might get about $500 for him but without knowing about the ringbone for sure, the price could fluctuate either way.
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I always thought that ringbone meant that the horse's life as a riding horse was over. I am glad to hear this is not always so.
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