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post #21 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 08:09 PM
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Everybody agrees that a 16 year old horse makes a fine trail companion. My guess is that there is some sort of "social situation" that makes haggling difficult. Somebody looking to unload a 16 year old horse isn't looking for money. They want assurances that the horse will be a treasured member of the family. Offer $900 and settle for something south of $1500.
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post #22 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 08:11 PM
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My horse will be 20 on the 29th and still compete in local shows and do trail rides. He loves to run. I don't have a need for speed, so I sometimes let my son ride him. Just by looking at him, no one thinks he's even 10 years old yet.
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post #23 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 10:08 PM
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I agree 16 isn't old. The horse in my avatar is almost 21 now he was 18 when I bought him. I worried that I was buying too old a horse then I went to see him and fell in love. He is the absolute best horse ever. I have taken him on everything from local one hour trail rides to a 15 hour trailer ride across country to spend 10 days riding the Maa Daa hay trail in North Dakota. He not only keeps up with the younger horses on the ride but he usually leads. He is a very calming influence on inexperienced horses and no matter what the situation or what the other horses are doing I can count on him keeping his head and bringing us safely through it. If the horse you are going to see is sound and an experienced trail horse she is likely worth every penny, don't let her age stop you.
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post #24 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 10:20 PM
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Everybody agrees that a 16 year old horse makes a fine trail companion. My guess is that there is some sort of "social situation" that makes haggling difficult. Somebody looking to unload a 16 year old horse isn't looking for money. They want assurances that the horse will be a treasured member of the family. Offer $900 and settle for something south of $1500.
So you are saying a 16yo isn't worth anything? I had someone tell me if someone offered them HALF of what they ask for, they'd decline and be done with that buyer.

2500 is a VERY good price for a well trained trail horse. If you think they're worth only $900 I can say otherwise.
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post #25 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 11:53 PM
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Wow, ducky123........ Have you bought many horses that you offer less than half the money the seller is asking and actually gotten the horse?
I'm sorry, but if you find a horse that you are comfortable with, does what you want, is healthy and sound and makes you want to ride, then $2500 is not a bad price. Many many sellers, myself included would pretty much send a buyer down the road if they offered less than half what I was asking.
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post #26 of 59 Old 03-28-2015, 12:04 AM
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I'm not sure about the price of horses in Kansas right now. That's something I would research. Perhaps offer a little less as most sellers ask high and are willing to come down a little. But, less than half? Hmmm…

All that said, when my gelding was 18, we rode in a 3 day cross country event and he did better than horses half his age. Conditioning is important in "senior" horses. Keep them in shape and they don't know how old they are. I rode him in the mountains well into his upper 20's and didn't stop riding him until he was 30 when the arthritis in his knees started making him stumble. Now at 32 we just bareback around the block.

Vet check, good nutrition and hoof care. If you're happy with this horse, then what's money? Yes! It can buy happiness.
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Everybody agrees that a 16 year old horse makes a fine trail companion. My guess is that there is some sort of "social situation" that makes haggling difficult. Somebody looking to unload a 16 year old horse isn't looking for money. They want assurances that the horse will be a treasured member of the family. Offer $900 and settle for something south of $1500.
Somebody looking to unload a 16 year old horse? Why would you say that? There is nothing wrong with a 16 year old horse. Just because someone is selling a good, sound nice horse doesn't mean they are "looking to unload" the horse. Makes it sound like an older horse is junk.
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A horse (house, car, share of stock) is "worth" exactly what someone is willing to buy it for. If a sixteen year old horse is "worth" $2500, then what is it "worth" when it is 10, or 8, or 6?

And yes, there are plenty of motivated sellers of horses who have fine animals. The question is, do you want this horse or do you want this horse AND a years supply of food. If you don't want to haggle or risk upsetting the seller, then you've attached some $$$ figure to avoiding haggling or upsetting someone. It's your money, spend it so you feel good.

I can't say that I've bought a horse with a starting bid of less than half the asking price, I can say that for a car, several guns, and a horse trailer.

BTW, there are ways to haggle without upsetting someone. "Fine animal you've got, but I just paid my taxes and don't have that much available cash". Or "I just can't swing the $2500 right now, what with my kid in college...."
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15 is too old?

Don't tell Sonny. He's 20 and he still runs barrels on occasion and is a champion pleasure casual trail mount haha

He would be very offended to know that he's too old to do these things :)
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post #30 of 59 Old 03-28-2015, 11:10 AM
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I am thinking about buying a horse that is 15 years old. Will turn 16 in June. I will be using her for trail riding. She is an outstanding horse but so many people say 16 is "old". She has points in many different areas but I will just use her for trail riding. So 1. would you worry about that age and 2. is $2,500 for a good horse to much for that age?
16 isn't "old" It's mature. Sounds like for what you want to do mature is nice. Do you have a picture? What's her breeding? Have you ridden her?
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