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post #1 of 10 Old 08-20-2013, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Horse back up for sale after I sold him :(

A horse that I sold about 3 months ago, to his "forever" home is now back up for sale. I'm really torn as to if I should try and get him back, even if that means I have to buy him for more.

A bit of background, I am a novice rider and bought a standardbred off the track to go through the process of backing a horse. I had never meant to keep him at the end as I'm as green as he is! I just wanted to learn more about horses. However he turned out to be an amazing horse with a fantastic temperament. Don't get me wrong it was not all daisy's and blue skies, we certainly had our fair share of ups and downs.

Then I got pregnant and Max hates being confined to a paddock he loves to be out and about. I should also add he is only 4 years and still very green, but such a solid little horse will hack out happily by himself. So I did what I thought was best and sold him to an experienced trekking home. One of the main reasons that I made sure to only sell him to someone experienced is because he will buck. Now these are not big rodeo bucks, but he will try and give little bucks to deter you from making him work or to get what he wants. I had fixed this problem (created by my greenness), but I have no doubt that he would try it on another rider given if he could get away with it. He also has a few other quirks that if left uncorrected when he does them they could become very serious problems.

Now I see she has put him back up for sale for twice what she paid for him (3 months ago) and is saying he is perfect for a learner! I know I backed him as a novice but he is not good for a leaner. He is very smart and is very lazy with repetitive work. If he thinks for a second he can get one over you to he'll do it. Now he isn't naughty he would never actually do anything to hurt his rider (this I believe), he is just a normal young horse who will test his boundaries. My fear now is that he is going to go a leaner rider and they wont correct him and he will either be left in a paddock because they become scared to ride him or he ends up being passed around developing worst behaviour.

Should I just buy him back? We are not exactly rich with a baby on the way, but if I really tried I could probably scrap together the cash for him.
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-20-2013, 06:47 PM
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You could certainly contact the seller and express your interest in having him back and see if they'd be willing to accept the same amount (or maybe a little more, especially if they've had him professionally trained) than what you got for him- but if they're listing him for twice as much as they bought him for they may not be willing to sell him back for that price. If they're not willing to budge much on the price, then it's up to you whether or not you want him back that badly. It would certainly be unwise of someone to buy any 4 year old horse for a beginner rider, but such things definitely happen, and it's not always disastrous.

That being said, the horse market is still not great and they might have trouble selling him as quickly as they'd like. If they don't accept your initial offer, let them know that it's a standing offer and to let you know if they change their mind. Maybe they'll consider it more seriously as winter approaches...

I'd steer clear of saying that you want him back because you don't think they're describing him accurately/truthfully as a beginner-friendly horse; that's likely to make them defensive. Stick more to the side of the story that you sold him when you found out your were pregnant, but found that you regret it now and would love to have him back.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-20-2013, 08:57 PM
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You are not going to get him back for what you paid, they bought him to flip him. As they have had him for 3 months, they've probably put a good bit of work into him. If he was that good with you, and you are a novice, then he might well be ok for a beginner now that someone more experienced has been working him.

Is it just that you are worried where he will end up?
If so, for a good price, it's more likely he'd go to a decent home - as your average neglecter isn't looking to spend a lot. It can happen, but I don't think it's as likely.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-20-2013, 09:44 PM
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I'd pass. You had your fun with him, but you need to focus on your unborn child now.

I agree with AlexS. If they have put 3 consistent months of work on him, then his price probably has increased a significant amount.

yes, they bought him to put miles and training on him, and sell him for a profit. Best of luck to him that he goes to a good home, and move on to something more suitable for you. something not as inexperienced and is more forgiving to your greenie mistakes. Lucky for me, I had a great horse to learn on and grow with (then outgrow) But if it wasn't for such a forgiving horse, I would not have learned nearly the amount that I did.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-20-2013, 11:09 PM
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I wouldn't bother with it. Save your money to put towards your child, their more important.

Three months can be a good amount of training time, and I doubt for a good price he will go to a bad home.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-21-2013, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the good advice. Although it wasn't what I wanted to hear :) I have decide to just let it go.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-21-2013, 02:29 PM
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I hate to sound all schmaltzy, but sometimes things happen for a reason. If you are meant to have him, maybe it will happen all on its own accord. It is definitely difficult to let go. I understand completely.
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-21-2013, 02:51 PM
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SOme of you here have heard my story......I bought one a few years ago, when I was still doing H/J, who was fabulous. I paid $4K for him. More than I had EVER paid. Well-turns out he had a buck in him at times when jumping, so, after several trainers, etc, I was unable to resolve the issue, and decided he needed to go down the road. I put him up for sale-even took him to a H/J barn in MD......could not sell him, and it was costing me $800/mo in board. DH just wanted the horse "off the payroll" so to speak, so I basically gave him away to a friend of a friend......someone who was well able to deal with his issues, and had the confidence to do so. 6 Mo later-he sold for $15K. Price was $20K, but they found something on the PPE X-rays (I always wondered what that noise in his rear fetlock was.....lol). Honestly-they turned him around, they deserve the $$. Yeah, i wish I had the ability then that I do now, but you cannot second guess yourself. You have to do what is best at the time, and it sounds like you did.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-21-2013, 03:29 PM
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I absolutely think you should get him back! I've sold a horse before not trusting the people he went to and wished every day I had him back. 3 years later I found him and I'm happy with where he is at now but if they were to ever get rid of him I would buy him in a heartbeat. If you feel like this horse should be with you because you know him so well then I believe that's where he belongs. But ultimately it is up to you. Don't go into debt or anything just because we tell you to buy him! Do what is best for you! :)
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-21-2013, 06:14 PM
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I think you made the best decision you could when selling him. You sold him to an appropriate home that was suitable and safe for everyone. There ended your responsibility. They could have addressed his problem or just put a load of work into him, increasing his price. I don't agree with a 4 year old being advertised as a beginner's horse, regardless of it's temperament, but that is something that the seller has to deal with. If they sell him to someone inappropriate and they get hurt then that's on their head. It's their responsibility to sell him to the right home, and the new buyer's responsibility to choose the right horse.

If you regret selling him, and want him back because you like him then by all means buy him back, offer them something and see what they say. However, if you're just buying him because you feel they're not selling him right, that you should choose the buyer etc, then I'd pass on it.
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