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vickie22 02-13-2011 04:26 PM

How would i go about selling him?
my 15.1hh gelding has been diagnsed with navicular following x-rays that showed he has small bone spurs growing on the left side of the navicular bone on each of his forelegs, he also has a cyst in one of his pastern bones. He has been lame a few times with his condition and at the moment riding him is difficult although he's not showing signs of being lame. the vet has also said his lack of impulsion and cooperation is most likely due to his stubborn personality and it frustrates me when im riding him as he won't do as he's asked but i don't want to push him incase it's because he's in pain. the vet has told me that he may never be able to compete, which is what i want to start doing before i go to university in 2 years. This means i have a bit of a dilemma as he is actually csoting my mum quite a bit of money and as i want to compete we've decided the best thing to do would be to sell him, altough with all the above i don't think anyone would actually want to buy him, as the cost to keep him as a ridden horse i.e his corrective shoeing etc. is quite high. if we managed to find someone who was willing to take him off us, then i would not be able to afford to buy another horse to compete on having not recieved any money for him. i dont know what to do. any advice?

lilruffian 02-13-2011 05:08 PM

Honestly, as far as i know navicular is incurable & can get worse with age. By the sounds of it (saying that his feet arent hurting him yet) he's a bit too stubborn for a beginner rider.

You're right that you probably wont beable to find someone who would be willing to pay money for him (unless you took him to auction & then you wouldn't get much & he'd probably go for meat & nobody wants that.) Your best bet would be to advertise him for a pasture mate or a pet for light riding.

Depending on his personality, you could also offer him to a riding school/therapudic stable where he would be on soft, indoor footing all the time & led around. This way you'd know he'd be getting a good home who will take care of him & you will also be helping people.

apachiedragon 02-13-2011 05:15 PM

As much as you don't want to hear it, you are probably not going to be able to sell him as a riding horse. You would have to disclose the info about his condition, since as a pre-existing condition that you knew about is sure to come out if you don't tell any potential buyers and they could go after you if you didn't tell them. (I'm sure you wouldn't try to cover it up, but I know there are some sellers out there who would.)

Any buyer you do tell is likely not going to want to buy him as a riding horse because navicular is a degenerative disease, and it will only get worse as time goes on, and someone is not going to want to buy a ticking time bomb of a horse.

Unfortunately your best bet would be to try to rehome him as a companion horse or light riding trail horse, and take the loss on him. Then save your money and keep your eyes open. You may be horseless for a while, but there are good ones going cheap everywhere right now, as the economy is so bad. And you could always lease a competing horse until you go to university. At that point you may find yourself too busy for a horse anyway, so a lease might be the smarter way to go.

Sorry I wasn't able to tell you anything more positive.

myhorsesonador 02-13-2011 05:17 PM

I'd sell him as a free to good home with a no sell contract. With light riding for kids or pasture buddy.

twogeldings 02-13-2011 05:38 PM


Agree'd. You might be able to find a sanctuary to place him in, but the chances are slim. Better off screening homes and placing him as a pasture puff. It will be very hard doing so. Many people might say "Oh look, free horse. I'll pretend like I have great facilities and cash to burn for his corrective shoeing" then they could turn around and sell him as a riding horse or to the meat buyer. It's hard, but it's true.

The third option is to have him quietly put down. This is really hard for some people to accept, but sometimes when an animal has a painful condition that is not only costly, but difficult to handle and will worsen over time, the best option is to let them go quietly before they are in to much pain. I would rather bury my beloved friend then have to worry about them constantly, wondering if I placed them right, if they're getting the care they need, etc.

It's better off to be patient and save up to buy a new competition horse, or even lease one for the time being. There are many very affordable leases and even free leases available with fine, competition-capable horses. I bet some would even allow a lease-to-own deal, where your monthly lease payment goes into the cost of the horse.

victorialicious7 02-13-2011 09:54 PM

If I might add, maybe you can even just give him away to someone to roam in the pasture if not being ridden. It'll save you more money than trying to sell him and not succeeding, having to pay more for board/feed and whatnot. Im sorry things did not work out with him though.

WickedNag 02-14-2011 07:28 AM

Just my two cents... Why does anyone think that someone wants a horse that is special needs to eat up their pasture as a companion horse? I have horses that will never leave my place and if they can't be ridden and turn into pasture puffs so be it. They have earned that right and will be taken care of special needs or not. But I am sure not going to take on a horse that will require special shoes and meds to be comfortable. JMHO! Be responsible and if you can't care for him have him put down.

kitten_Val 02-14-2011 12:18 PM

It's sad for me to say, but I agree with WickedNag. Not too many people want an expensive pasture ornament, which not only requires the feed, but also expensive maintenance. I'd say give it a try (and if someone will agree check out the facility and references as it can be a meat man), and if it won't work just put it down.

Speed Racer 02-14-2011 12:27 PM


Originally Posted by WickedNag (Post 927983)
Just my two cents... Why does anyone think that someone wants a horse that is special needs to eat up their pasture as a companion horse? I am sure not going to take on a horse that will require special shoes and meds to be comfortable. JMHO! Be responsible and if you can't care for him have him put down.

Excellent post, Wicked. I completely agree.

I have a coming 25 y/o with arthritic hocks and other ailments. I took him as a 19 y/o, and didn't know he had certain issues. If I had known I probably wouldn't have taken him as I wanted a riding horse, not one who just 'looks pretty' standing around.

But since I did take him, I'll care for him until it's time for him to be put down (likely) or he passes on his own (highly unlikely). I got 1 year of riding out of him, and he was a miserable cuss about it. He's much happier now that he's just a pasture puff, but not everyone has the finances and land to be able to keep a horse who is no longer rideable.

OP, good, sane, sound, rideable horses are going for nothing or next to nothing. To expect someone to pay to take your expensive pasture ornament off your hands is naive. You'll be lucky if you can give him to someone, especially considering he's going to need expensive meds and therapy just to stay pasture sound.

I know that's probably not what you wanted to hear, but it's the truth.

GeminiJumper 02-14-2011 12:55 PM

I'm sorry but I don't think anyone would pay to take on a horse like that. Especially if they couldn't ride him to make money off him. Even if he's just going to be a pasture ornament, he's going to be an expensive ornament in order to keep him comfortable. The best thing I can say is look around for a while to see if you can find a place for him. Make sure you can call them and possibly go look at the place before you send him there. If you can't find anything and you don't want to send him to a slaughter house, it'll probably be in the best interest of the horse to put him down. Unless you can afford pain medication for him.

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