To Buy or not to buy
A TWH gelding I was drawn to about 5 years ago remains for sale. He is 18 now, sound, has a bazillion miles on him, many of those moving cattle. Has had a few hundred riders so pretty tolerant. His price is down a thousand dollars from his younger years. The hitch is it's about a 14 hr drive, and overnight motel, meals and the same return. That pushes the costs up almost another thousand. Now that I've typed this out, the picture has become clearer. It looks like I will be passing him up.
Hes been for sale for 5 years- maybe theyll be more willing to drop the price or work with you about it? Cant hurt to ask.
Bologna sandwiches, driving with someone as a team, and just getting there and back, if ya like him I say go for it!
But if you think you like him, then don't, that could be a bit of a wasted trip.....
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Meh. I've done 20 hour round trips to scoop a goodie. My own boy was a 10 hour round. I'd have easily done double or triple for him.
A good road buddy is a must. My hubs thinks he's a 50/50 driver, but I only slept 3 hours in the last 20 hour haul. The rest of the time I was behind the wheel and he was playing 50 million questions, all hopped up on Red Bull, the dufass. I may as well have taken the 4 year old. I least he listens when I tell him to zip it.
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If you still like him, I'd have a look. You could make it a fun day, check on motel costs, etc.
Hm, you can get hotels for cheap (hotels.com), or do what we do (sometimes, and I HATE IT), but I'll sleep while hubby drives...or we'll sleep for like six hours in the car and keep going.
Meals can also be had for cheap if you pack a cooler and are tolerant.
This is tourist season, big time here. Gas companies jump the price of gas up and no bargains at motels. These people raise walkers and cattle, also take in foreign tourists who learn to ride and to move cattle. Because of new foal crops, the mature horses are listed for sale. If they don't sell, they continue to work and become good seasoned horses.
Five years on the market and he has not sold? Red flag, maybe maybe not. He's aged, make an offer if he is sound. Factor in your expenses beforehand. Could you possibly camp somewhere instead of a hotel? Maybe they would let you camp at their place? As far as meals go, pack a cooler full of sandwiches and fruits/veggies/drinks.
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