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post #1 of 7 Old 05-17-2015, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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Selling horse to a trekking company

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I am in the process of selling my 2 horses and have had a number of enquiries on our cheaper, very quiet horse. One of them has been from a trekking company out of town and I initially thought 'no way' as soon as I read the email.
My main issue is that they usually have a lot of horses and are likely to miss out on that one on one care that they would receive in a home where there are only a couple of horses.
I voiced this concern in response and the lady emailed me back, explaining the daily care the horses receive - they have a regular trimmer out every 1-2 weeks and all horses are brought in daily to be checked over. The horses get ridden 4-5 days a week and he would be in the beginners treks which is usually at a walk only. They also have a dentist and chiro who are out whenever any horses need them.
I like the sound of it all but can't help feeling slightly sad that he wouldn't be someones main focus. Anyone else sold to a trekking company and felt happy where the horse ended up? (Of course asking this knowing all trekking places operate differently and can vary greatly!)
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-17-2015, 03:31 AM
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I can understand why you'd be hesitant. Horses at places like that are sometimes run into the ground.

Is there a way you could go and suss out the place? Look at the conditions of the other horses, particularly those that have been there a longer time. If the horses all look happy and healthy, it wouldn't be too bad.

It also depends on whether your horse is very people-orientated. My horses would hate not having cuddle time, and I couldn't imagine letting them go somewhere they would be left to sit into a paddock with minimal contact until it's time for riding.
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-17-2015, 09:43 AM
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I can understand why you'd be hesitant. Horses at places like that are sometimes run into the ground.

Is there a way you could go and suss out the place? Look at the conditions of the other horses, particularly those that have been there a longer time. If the horses all look happy and healthy, it wouldn't be too bad.

It also depends on whether your horse is very people-orientated. My horses would hate not having cuddle time, and I couldn't imagine letting them go somewhere they would be left to sit into a paddock with minimal contact until it's time for riding.
I agree with most of this. Visit the place if possible. As suggested, pay close attention to the stock that has been there a while. Ask how the treks are run. Is there a conditioning period before new stock is put out on a long trek. Also keep in mind that the clients of these places usually are not in condition to ride for miles and miles a day.

Our Barn owner recently bought a horse from a similar place. The horse is healthy and well conditioned with good manners. His only fault was a tendency to walk off as you were mounting him. We fixed that in about 15 or 20 minutes.

Many, many horses thrive in places where they have a daily job to do. Keep in mind that the cuddles and one on one focus is more of a human need than an equine need.
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-17-2015, 12:01 PM
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Why not go out on a trek at the place and see how they do things?

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Why not go out on a trek at the place and see how they do things?

Good idea -- would it be too sneaky and underhanded to go out there for the trek and not identify yourself?
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-18-2015, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys

Thanks for your input. After I posted this I emailed the owner of the company with some of my concerns as the place is a 5 hour drive away and being able to visit first is not something I could do too easily any time soon. He is not a cuddly horse so I think that is more of an issue for me than it will be for him!

I can only take her word on this without having seen the place myself but it did sound good. I also did a search on reviews of their treks and all of them were positive, plus checked out their website and everyone looks healthy and bright. All the horses are brought in daily and checked over, they have a trimmer out every 2 weeks so all horses are trimmed on a regular basis.
He would spend the first couple of weeks with a couple of other new horses and only be ridden by staff until he settles in and they get to know him. Then he would join a larger herd and likely end up being used for beginner treks 4-5 a week. These treks are 1-2 hours long.
She mentioned a few of their older horses who have been with them 15-20 years are now joining the retirement herd where all of their long-termers live out their days, hence the need for some new horses. Obviously cannot expect a guarantee that he will stay with them forever but its a nice thought and she has offered us to come down anytime to visit him and go out on one of their treks on him. She also asked if he needs covering over winter which he definitely does so said yes and he is probably being picked up over the next few days.

Think I have made a good decision for his future, now just need to get past the goodbye!
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I bet your horse will have a nice life.

I went on a ride of several days in Ire. and was amazed at the care all the horses got. For example, every morning a farrier came by (even as we traveled further from the home base) and checked every shoe. At the end of every day, the owners went over every inch of each horse checking for illness and/or injury.

Makes sense to me since the horses are their greatest asset.
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