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post #1 of 13 Old 07-10-2020, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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What would you pay for this horse?

Hi! Just trying to get an idea of what to charge for an adoption fee on a mare I have right now. She is a 16 year old flea bitten grey. She is an amazing horse and could be ridden by a confident beginner or beginner with supervision. Is up to date on floating, deworming, and vaccinations. Her ONLY issue is that she has awful feet. Her P3 bone is rotated and she has to have corrective shoeing to remain sound. She is more of a walk/trot horse and would not be able to be used excessively. What would you be willing to pay for her? Thank you!
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-10-2020, 04:52 PM
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Hard to say, personally I avoid horses that are not sound as that’s an endless money pit. However there are people who don’t mind taking on a horse with some maintenance. Price will depend on age, breeding and training. Good beginner horses Are hard to find. Around here you might get 2000-2500 for a horse like you described as she’s a bit older and requires shoes and probably meds down the road. Ask higher than you think you will get and negotiate. The more money someone pays for an animal, the higher the chances are that they will take care of them. Never give an animal away for free or cheap. That makes them worthless in many people’s eyes and more chance for neglect.
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post #3 of 13 Old 07-10-2020, 05:08 PM
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If it's an adoption, then there is a fee and it is tax deductible. And a bunch of other rigmarole. Now if you're not a society then you are selling the horse, right? Light use horses only, are givien away in my area.

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post #4 of 13 Old 07-10-2020, 06:08 PM
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If you are not legally recognized as a animal rescue then you can not legally pass long as a adoption cause when I adopt from a local recognized organization regardless of species of animal my donation is 100% tax deductible...if you can't give that legal document to someone then you are not adopting out you are selling with possible sale stipulations.
Answering your question though...
You have a horse with serious rotation, with enough damage done they are "sound" with shoes to do light duty work of walk, trot with a light-weight rider..
S far accurate?
By me, with many limitations on the horse and if she rotated P3 she foundered, needing special shoes to be "sound" she is not sound naturally but my mechanical means...
That makes her worth...sorry, but not much more than meat price.
People by me do not spend amounts of money on a horse needing expensive shoes, special diet and if she rotated she needs special to not do it again...
This horse by me...maybe a few hundred if that...
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post #5 of 13 Old 07-10-2020, 06:47 PM
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I don't usually weigh in on these sort of questions, but maybe $500 tops. If she were 100% beginner safe (a true beginner could ride her out in the pasture by herself) maybe a few hundred more, but she isn't, so not more than $500. This is the kind of horse, honestly, that I might take on if someone gave her to me, assuming she had excellent ground manners, but I don't think I personally would pay for such a horse.

Also, to echo others, do you mean sell rather than adoption?
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post #6 of 13 Old 07-10-2020, 08:00 PM
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Locally, it would be very, very hard to give an unsound horse away, especially with rotation. I'm assuming the rotation is due to founder or chronic laminitis? If so, she would also likely require extensive diet and pasture management- which begs the question- does she has any metabolic diseases or issues? The reason she has rotation could mean tedious lifelong management apart from just shoeing, as I really don't believe a horse with rotation should just be shod one and done to keep her "sound" without having a detailed plan of rehabilitating and trying to correct the rotation. I personally see a boat load of other potential issues that seem unclear and undisclosed as a moderately experienced horseman, who is experienced in and what I'd like to think confidently versed in lameness.
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-10-2020, 08:17 PM
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I would advertise her as pasture pet, or beginners /child horse. I would price her at $500, to good home only. stress her kindness, and prettiness, or other traits. beware meat buyers.
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post #8 of 13 Old 07-10-2020, 11:19 PM
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to be honest, I am a farrier and I wouldn't take her for free unless I had a massive emotional attachment to her from the past. I would say free lease only as a lot of people are going to fizzle on the management and expense on horse like that, and she will likely need to be monitored and bailed when it happens.
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-15-2020, 09:36 PM
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Maybe advertise her as a very beginner horse or pasture pet!

Personally.. if I was looking for a horse like her, I’d pay up to $950-$1000 for her.

Good luck!
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-16-2020, 07:15 AM
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Yeah, I'd have to go with about 500$, but it would make me uneasy to sell her unless I know the buyer well. Not because of meat buyers, but because someone looking for a cheap horse will not be willing to provide the care this horse will need. I'd personally never consider taking on a horse like this because of the costs, the maintenance, and the potential heartbreak. I'd be more likely to give this horse away to someone who is experienced and willing to take on such a responsibility.
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