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post #11 of 30 Old 10-23-2013, 01:08 AM
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keep in mind that Arab horses tend to last longer than other breeds. Fifteen is like just entering middle age. She may hardly show her age at all for the next 10 years.
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post #12 of 30 Old 10-23-2013, 01:18 AM
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This is true, lol! I knew an old guy once who rode quarter horse/arab crosses around his ranch while most people rode strictly stock type breeds. When asked why, he always responded with "The arab half in 'em makes sure the **** things never die on me!"
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post #13 of 30 Old 10-23-2013, 01:21 AM
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my friends 15/16ths Arab was a fireball until 26 or so, then she's a muted fireball. pushing 30 now and only injuries have retired her. She still has the will and the spirit!
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post #14 of 30 Old 10-23-2013, 01:23 AM
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keep in mind that Arab horses tend to last longer than other breeds. Fifteen is like just entering middle age. She may hardly show her age at all for the next 10 years.
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This is true, lol! I knew an old guy once who rode quarter horse/arab crosses around his ranch while most people rode strictly stock type breeds. When asked why, he always responded with "The arab half in 'em makes sure the **** things never die on me!"
This may be true in general, I really don't know, but I lost my Arabs at ages 24 and 26 to colic. I had a Paint horse that lived into his early 30's and finally had to be euthanized due to severe arthritis issues.


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post #15 of 30 Old 10-23-2013, 01:34 AM
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Last year I paid 7 thousand dollars for a 17 YO mare. Money well worth the expense IMO. Arabians are known for their longevity and that mare's ability to produce a good goal may also be of value.
If the mare is sound and conformationally correct then that price might be very reasonable. You are looking at a mare that will probably be a usable horse for the next 10 years. I have arabians still going strong in their late 20's.
if you have the money and the mare is well trained and sound then the price sounds right to me. Shalom
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My above post should read that the mares ability to produce a good foal not a good goal may be of value. We are talking horses here not soccer. Shalom
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post #17 of 30 Old 10-23-2013, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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I did think about the fact that she is an arab x so may well have more riding years in her than some other horses but I do know that they tried to breed her twice without success and the current owner said they would not like any further attempts to breed her in the future. I just spoke to my barefoot trimmer whose opinion I value a lot.
She said that there are a lot of horses out there at the moment and it is up to me if I feel that this horse is worth that amount of money and will hopefully give me many years of enjoyable riding.
We can afford what they are asking so that is not an issue but I still cant help feeling that they would be getting a pretty good deal out of the situation. I guess I could offer less and then let them get back to me if they cant get their asking price but then I run the risk of someone else paying the full amount and missing out.
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post #18 of 30 Old 10-23-2013, 09:01 AM
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Now that you mention your area and the market out there, I would say go for it if you can afford it and you like the horse. If you have been looking for awhile and have seen/passed several horses, then you like this one for a reason. Personally though, I'm not sure that I would also buy the saddle to go with her. If it's a saddle that you love, it fits you, and it's worth the price that she is asking then maybe. I wouldn't buy it just because she says the mare needs it though unless it's something that you also need :P
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post #19 of 30 Old 10-23-2013, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks DuckDodger
I had a good think about it today and ended up texting the owner that I would pay $5000 for the horse and $800 for the gear but that was my limit given that the horse is 15 years old. I decided to text rather than call as I am absolutely hopeless at negotiating and I'm glad I did. She texted back and said she was happy to accept that offer since I live so close to her and she thinks it will be a great home for her.
I'm quite happy to buy the gear as my saddle probably wouldn't fit her and this one was fitted specifically for her, I also found it really comfortable. Also the bridle too because her head is so small that mine would be way too big.
So just need to get the vet check done and its all going ahead. Thanks all for your input!
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post #20 of 30 Old 10-23-2013, 11:24 PM
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Sounds like great news!!!


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