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post #1 of 14 Old 09-06-2013, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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People's expectations vs reality

This is just my little vent. Lately on a local FB horse/tack sale group I've seen so many wanted ads that I refrain from commenting on to be nice. People searching for dead broke horses no older than 10 and $500 and under, no more. Has to be a horse to, no ponies. Or the ones looking for trained broke horses, trained for english, barrels ect. horse no pony, under 14 or less years old, has to be at least 15 hands, and no wanting to spend over a $1,000 or even less.
The market did not sink that low in my area. Anything trained or started in a discipline your looking at at least $2,000 and up and those horses are usually the projects, grades and older horses. I haven't even seen that many good trail horses for less than $500. Ponies you can find trained ponies for around the prices people are looking for. It's just one of my pet peeves, sometimes you get lucky and find a great deal but mostly you get what you pay for.
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-06-2013, 03:04 PM
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Beggars can't be choosers... If you can't pay much you won't get much. People shouldn't be so expectant to get every quality they want and pay practically nothing if the horse market is still good in the area
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-06-2013, 03:21 PM
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This is my current favorite in that line..

Looking for a FREE or TO GIVE AWAY TO GOOD HOME, pasture companion for my lonely stud. Must be within ******* range & healthy, and nothing ready to keel over & die. Must be halter broke & friendly & free of any vices or lameness. My stud is always escaping to find other horses and i would like a gelding for him to buddy up with.


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post #4 of 14 Old 09-06-2013, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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This is my current favorite in that line..

Looking for a FREE or TO GIVE AWAY TO GOOD HOME, pasture companion for my lonely stud. Must be within ******* range & healthy, and nothing ready to keel over & die. Must be halter broke & friendly & free of any vices or lameness. My stud is always escaping to find other horses and i would like a gelding for him to buddy up with.

Oh I just shake my head at the looking for free horse ads lol. And that one is ridiculous.

We got a free pony a few years ago... Foundered, blind in one eye, had only had kids lead on her so not really broke. We weren't looking our farrier just told us about her since he'd just given them an old broke horse to replace her.
That's what I expect to find for free.
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post #5 of 14 Old 09-06-2013, 04:01 PM
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I've advertised my horse for sale on Facebook, and I get so many comments about her size. How big is she? I tell them, probably around 14.3 hh. Then they say, "Well that's too small. I already have small horses." I really want to respond with, "Well good things come in small packages!" Lol! And the looking will stop with her height. She's a quick learner, smooth ride, and super, super sensitive. She is a barrel horse that I've started to do dressage with (odd switch, I know, but this mare knows how to use her hind end!), and she's SO quick to learn and so eager to please! But will they listen? Nope! All I get are, "Well, she's not 16 hh, so not interested."

Because apparently only tall horses are the only "good" horses.

Oh, and she just turned 15, which means she'll keel over any day now! Gah! If I had her advertised for $200 she'd probably sell like a hotcake! But darned if I'm going to let a good horse go for that amount! Like you said, you get what you pay for, and I haven't put this amount of attention and work into her for nothing.
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post #6 of 14 Old 09-06-2013, 04:52 PM
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there's a lot of people out there with champagne tastes on a beer budget, and the chaser is they can't tell the difference between champagne and paint thinner.
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-06-2013, 05:01 PM
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It's certainly silly to expect a safe, healthy riding horse for that kind of price. If it were mostly high school kids posting naively and hoping for a cheap horse to love it wouldn't be so annoying, but it's a little maddening to see people (in my area at least) demanding kid-safe horses for practically nothing.

As far as companion animals go, though, I wouldn't mind seeing want ads looking for free horses as long as the expectations of "healthy" just means manageable. If I were ever in a position to have to find a new home for my boy (never going to happen!!!), I'm positive I'd give him to a great home rather than sell him to a decent home if those were the only options.

Around here I see a lot of ads for people selling horses because they just agent used much or someone has lost interest, and if that were the case I'd love to be able to give a good horse away to a deserving person, but then it's hard because of a person can't afford to pay for the horse, how can she pay to support it for the next decade or more?


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post #8 of 14 Old 09-06-2013, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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I see free ads for horses who can't be ridden, are unbroke, or in their middle 20s an up.
The people I see looking for free horses want a broke, safe, rideable horse.
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-06-2013, 07:52 PM
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They'll learn quick enough!

Regardless of what they want, they'll end up getting what they pay for.
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post #10 of 14 Old 09-06-2013, 08:23 PM
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I've had more people than I can count come up to me asking "Do you know anybody wanting to sell a horse for my kids to learn on?" or someone who's never ridden a horse before tells me "I'm looking for a sane and sound horse that I can ride in rodeos and parades for fun...maybe do barrels and poles".

I almost always know someone who's selling a horse of some level. But, when I ask those folks looking to buy how much they are wanting to spend they usually say "Oh, somewhere around $800-$1000." I can normally refrain from laughing but I always tell them that they aren't going to find anything kid/beginner suitable in that price range that's sound/healthy. If they want to find a non-crippled horse that's not going to kill or terrorize their kid, they need to be looking at $3000+.

Of course, for a person willing to deal with some health issues and be accommodating for them (not asking the horse for more than they are able), a kid-suitable horse can be found a lot cheaper.

I had one given to me a few years ago that is broke broke broke. He's kid and beginner safe, been exposed to everything a horse can be exposed to and takes it all in stride. Super mellow temperament but good enough training that he's going to teach the kid how to ride properly with light legs and hands. Only problem? He's got navicular. He's sound enough with proper shoeing for w/t and short periods of canter, but not for any sort of heavy work.

So, he's a perfect match for my nephew who only rides a few times a year and isn't experienced enough to do much more than plod around. Of course, the difference in that situation is that I'm not going to try to pawn him off on someone else if it gets to the point when he can no longer be rideable. He's got a forever home with me so he doesn't have to worry about being overworked or ill-used...and I know how to deal with a Navicular horse.
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