To keep it as simple as possible, I have my eye on 2 Arab stallions (who yes, for the time being, would remain that way) I personally don't have any plans right now for breeding but the current owner wants to retain 10 straws from each of these guys & seeing that I have plans to show them I may want a foal or 2 later if they have the brains & ability I'm hoping for. ( If not, I can freeze the stuff & take their knockers straight off
My hiccup with the deal. I was originally interested in 2 of her mares as well but some one beat me to the draw & purchased one of them. The other one is no longer being offered for sale due to a family member wanting her. The problem is she is now offering me 2 mares, 9 & 16yrs old (one of which looks like she'd make a decent saddle mare the other is a Blue List (Al Khamsa) & has only ever been a broodmare) & the 2 studs, but she will not separate them.
She's asking 9k for the 4 which breaks down to $2250 a piece if you divide it evenly. I don't mind paying that on a good horse but these horses have no show history, are (by the owners own admission) only halter trained with some basic ground handling & not tested for LFS, CA or SCID & being a closed herd these horses haven't had Coggins in years (if ever on the younger ones) Plus the younger of the two studs (8yr) has no registered progeny at this point & the other stallion (16yr) has 3 foals all of which were kept within this closed herd. In addition to the 9k sale price she is having the 8yr cover a mare of hers before he leaves & she is retaining 10 straws from each stallion which I would be responsible for the collection, shipping & any fees.
Now I have the time, resources & ability to put the handling, work & miles into them but if I'm putting in all the effort I feel the price should be a little more in my favor. But maybe I'm wanting too much for too little? I know in this area for an even 2k I can get a nice looking, rideable horse. Even one started in or with some minor show history. (I'm located in Middle Tennessee & so are the 4 horses) Would it be ridiculous to say that I would give her 6k for all plus she can keep the 10 straws she wants but I would want her to have them tested & vacc'ed before I take them? I've offered to just buy the 2 stallions but she will not separate the 4.
Just want to get some feelings on this. What would you do? What would you offer? I know some of you wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole & I could drop it & walk away since we haven't signed anything yet. There are a lot of nice horses out there I could be looking at but I've had my eye on these guys for a year or so & well I'm sure some of you know what that itch is like.