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post #21 of 23 Old 05-02-2019, 10:43 AM
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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.
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post #22 of 23 Old 05-02-2019, 11:07 AM
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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 who’s 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 she’ll 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. It’s fun and I wouldn’t change it, but I will say that both horses she bought were lucky finds and hadn’t been messed with. I think it’s a lot harder to fix someone’s 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 doesn’t keep them around for very long.

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post #23 of 23 Old 05-02-2019, 12:44 PM
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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
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