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post #1 of 14 Old 07-05-2013, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Is $1,200 reasonable?

Drifter and I are starting to go in different directions. I do not think he is truly happy as an eventing prospect and would be more suited towards ranch life/work or a horse for trailrides and fun shows. I am debating on whether or not to try and find him a new home. My decision is not yet final. However, I am having trouble deciding on a price. I will tell a little about him below and was wondering if $1,200 sounded reasonable.

Drifter is a 9 year old Appendix Gelding. Grandson of Jet Deck and great grandson of Seattle Slew on dam's side. 16.1 hands. Bay with a star and snip.

Drifter knows the barrel pattern. He was ran before I got him and consistently ran 2D times. I do not barrel race but he has since been on the pattern at play day events. He almost lost me ( ha ha). He will follow a cow and I have used him to rope off of. However, I do not think he could show in any cow related events because when one tries to get past him he gets mad and bites it. Pretty sure that's illegal in competition He has jumped up to 3'6 in the ring and schooled Novice level in Eventing, but he does not seem to enjoy his job. He is much happier trail riding or chasing cows. He is an AMAZING trail horse. He will cross water, go down ditches, pony other horses, whatever you want to do he will do it! I have gone through town and rode to our university with him and he didnt give one wink. He is used to four wheelers, dogs, cars, bikes, etc. He will gallop across a hay field and walk as soon as you ask him to, he is always ready to go but does not get "hot". He will stand while opening and closing gates, and knows how to line up next to a tree or log for mounting on the trail. He will ground tie. Just drop the reins or lead, and command him to "stand". He will wait all day. This is a horse that I have just jumped on bareback with a rope halter and gone out on the trails with my friends. He never so much as batted an eye.

I have given lessons to beginners on Drifter. I have taken him swimming. He will run up to you in the pasture. Loads like a charm and hauls easily. UTD on all shots and coggins. Goes barefoot. He has a big scar on his left hip, but injury has since healed and it does not bother him any. It is cosmetic.

Drifter is a big, gentle giant. He is an old soul with a great brain. He is great with kids but I hesitate to advertise him as "kid friendly" because of his size and the fact that he sometimes needs a reminder of who is boss when it comes to ground work.

So what do you all think? Anything stand out from the ad that I need to work on? Am I asking a reasonable price? I feel like a sane trail horse is worth their weight in gold to a lot of people, but I am afraid his scar will make him less desirable to those who afraid it means he is unsound.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-05-2013, 11:44 AM
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Shoot..I'll trade you my mare that I feel would do better english, lol.

Honestly, if I had money for a second horse, he sounds like I'd snatch him up for $1200.

My mare's knee scared two potential buyers because of the knot in it, even though it has never made her lame. It didn't help that she was lame from a stone bruise on that leg when the lady asked to see her, haha.

I have to ask though, is he fine on pasture/hay with no grain? In which I mayy have to just sell my mare and offer to buy him :p

Anywho..I think $1200 is a more than reasonable price for him. If he were mine around here (not that I'd be wanting to sell because he's what I'm looking for lol), I'd probably list him as $5500, but be willing to take offers to the right home.
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-05-2013, 11:50 AM
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He sounds awesome and I wish I was in the market for a second horse!

$1,200 sounds low to me...I think he would go for $2,000 - $3,000 around my area.
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-05-2013, 11:51 AM
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Yeah sounds to low to me as well. I would put at least 3k on him if it was me.

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post #5 of 14 Old 07-05-2013, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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No he is not fine on just hay/grass. I wish he was!! He is a hard keeper in all sense of the word.

I probably should have added that in my write up. He has had ulcers before, but has since scoped clear and is doing fine with free access to pasture 24/7. He currently gets 4 lbs of Purina Ultium every day, and needs the amount upped in winter.

He had a stifle injury last year but he had 6 months off and has since come back sound. He has schooled jumps and such since then with U/S to keep track of the healing and it has stayed tight and strong.

Figured he could go for more Iseul but currently wanting to advertise him that low because we are in the process of putting muscle back on him after his time off so he is not in PEAK condition. Hopefully by the end of the summer he will be though. I think he would make a great endurance horse because I have ridden him on 30 mile trails before and he was still ready to go at the end. My heart lies in eventing and though he gives it his all, he is not as relaxed and happy as he is when we are on the trails or messing around at play days or annoying the cows.

He can sit in the pasture for 6 months and be PERFECT on the trail, but we have to go back to square one with his eventing training each and every time which can be very frustrating. I take it as another sign of him being like " I hate this job mom. Can't we just trail ride all day?"

He is also trick trained in a way. Had to keep him busy and occupied on stall rest with the stifle injury somehow haha. He will bow, lay down, nod "yes" and smile. I know the lay down trick freaks people out because they think they will do it while riding. Well for Drifter you have to stomp the ground and say "LAY DOWN" and push his poll to the ground or he wont do it. I searched long and hard for a command impossible to do while riding :) He will also free lunge in the pasture, but he hasnt learned to widen out his circle yet. He sticks really close to me, but we are working on it.

Also realized I didnt mention this in first post- he has no kick or buck. He used to have a biting problem because his old owner let him get away with it, but that has since been nipped in the bud. However that goes along with me saying I hesitate to advertise him as a "kids horse".
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-05-2013, 12:01 PM
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I too think that even as a harder keeper (though that doesn't sound too bad, tbh) you could easily ask $2500 for him given his temperament and training. But my hat's off to you for considering that maybe your ambitions and this horse may not be the best match and that he might be happier somewhere else. You might go ahead and advertise higher, but drop the price for the right home if you find one.
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I have a friend in Mississippi that has sold several for that or less with similar. To get more she's had to sell out of state. Depends on the market where you are at. Sounds more than fair. Sounds like one I'd enjoy. One of my old mares was Jet Deck/Seattle Slew. She had a colt that looked quite a bit like yours. He was sold up North for English prospect and last I heard had excelled at eventing. I always assumed the mare played into his success but it may well have been the stallion.
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QTRBel- He definitely has the talent for eventing! He just does little things that when I add them all together make me think that perhaps he does not enjoy it. I feel like a parent forcing my child to take lessons in something they dont like just because I feel like they could be great someday haha.

Sharpie- Don't commend me just yet! I havent decided if he is really for sale. I love him and it would break my heart to see him go. I do realize that I either need to change my goals to fit his, or find him a new home. Its just hard figuring out which one I want it to be. Good idea on the advertising higher and dropping it for the right home! I had not though of that
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-05-2013, 12:12 PM
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I guess I should have qualified he truly enjoyed it. He was just the opposite as yours in that trails aggravated him, cows annoyed him and don't even think about barrels with him. Prima donna... miss him though. I agree with ask for more take less if you decide to sell him.
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-05-2013, 01:19 PM
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you dont list your state, so no idea, in my are that seems like a 1200 dollar horse, but plenty in that price range without the scars and history of injuries. I know some people seem to think a horse that has made a lap around an arena is suddenly worth 5k, but I dont see it.
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