Let me know what you think about this idea - Page 3 - The Horse Forum
 92Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 23 Old 05-02-2019, 11:43 AM
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
Posts: 33,364
• Horses: 3
It can be done if you have an eye for the right horse, know what you're doing and you come over as an honest credible seller.
You really need your own property because the monthly boarding costs will eat into your profit
Its better if you have enough land to make your own hay - another thing that soon eats into profit margins.
You can't afford to buy anything that's unsound or so messed up you can't fix it unless you're prepared to sell it on ASAP to the meat market or you sell it with 100% honesty. Anything else will ruin your reputation as an honest horse dealer.
We tended to focus more on buying and selling ponies because there's a good demand for them in the UK.
We would try to sell them after a month to 6 weeks unless they showed real potential to go up a few levels in show jumping or they had a chance to qualify for a top showing event.
They needed to be rough but not too poor, they needed to have good conformation and already broke to ride and look sensible.
It takes too long to break and ride them on since most people are looking for something with a few years of riding under the saddle
It takes too long to get a really poor horse looking like its in tip top condition and worth decent money
Many horses that are in sales are there because dealers or owners have already given up on them, there's no guarantee that you'll be able to do better or fix things that might not be fixable.
Alder and AndyTheCornbread like this.

Just winging it is not a plan
jaydee is offline  
post #22 of 23 Old 05-02-2019, 12:07 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 2,660
• Horses: 0
My littlest girl did this two years ago with a pony. Now, she was an unstarted broodmare with zero issues. A diamond she was, easy to start and willing and sensitive. She made a good profit on her, putting back her investment money and buying the next colt with some to boot.

That said, after she bought the next project, her main horse had to be retired. Guess whoís going to have to take his place? Lol. So, at least for now this one is intended to stay around, and if she wants to flip a horse sheíll have to finish this one and start over on another project.

She is quite a bit younger than you, but she also has a lot of help around. We are training her as much as the horses. Itís fun and I wouldnít change it, but I will say that both horses she bought were lucky finds and hadnít been messed with. I think itís a lot harder to fix someoneís mistakes. Yet, buying something like she did on the last, a weaner colt, adds a lot of time investment, where at least the broodmare was able to be pushed faster.

That said I know a gal who buys and turns a lot of broke horses and does make a good profit. She does like @Foxhunter said and doesnít keep them around for very long.

Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you? - Balaamís Donkey
Knave is offline  
post #23 of 23 Old 05-02-2019, 01:44 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Southeast
Posts: 7,716
• Horses: 0
I do think you can do this, if you have the skills to turn horses into calm, safe horses AND you consider that you are using the horse to ride and learn on.

I myself have spent a lifetime buying other's rejects and turning them into safe horses.

Many were rearers, as this terrifies most people. Others were manhandled, and just needed a little TLC and tenderness.

I didn't do this to make a profit though, I did it because I wanted a horse to ride and I have never had enough money to buy the caliber of horse I wanted, so I had to train them to it.

To train a horse, especially spoiled horses, enough that they do not revert back to bad habits will take (on average) 6-12 months IMO. So plan to keep the horse about a year.

Horses are cheaper in fall, so that is when I would usually buy one, then work them over the winter and early spring do some shows. Then decide if I wanted to sell or keep them.

If you wanted to help horses to a better future, by giving them skills, trust in humans, and willingness to work; you will have personal satisfaction, and hopefully at least break even.

Now, much older, I just keep my horses, and don't sell them.

Best wishes! Turn those dreams into a reality
AnitaAnne is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Do you use a mouth bit? Watch this video and let me know what you think. Capparouge Horse Health 85 01-27-2017 07:52 PM
Callie Let me know what you think of her please!=) CrazyHorseChick Horse Riding Critique 3 10-18-2007 05:39 PM
Remix...let me know what you think...first timer! lol BluMagic Horse Videos 3 10-08-2007 12:43 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome