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How Much Should I Offer on This Horse?

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Hi everyone. I'll try to keep this as short but detailed as possible.

A month ago I met a quarter horse at the barn I was leasing a horse at and fell in love with him instantly. He was/is a rescue horse who was about 250lbs under weight at the time and being used for lessons. I asked the owner if I could buy him that very day and she said she wasn't ready to sell him, but she let me do a full time lease on him.

For the past month I have been putting weight on him (paying for all of his supplements), paying full boarding fees, visiting with him daily, taking lunging and riding lessons with him. I'm just so in love with this horse. He is a good sound horse, but he does need some work, and really needs his topline built. He's also covered in scars from whatever crappy life he lived previously.

I was at the barn the day he got his teeth done, and the vet came out as well. The vet says he is in his late 20's, has a tumor in his mouth, a cluster of tumors on his penis, as well as a couple of tumors on his bum. The owner believes he is actually in his early 20's, but as a buyer, wouldn't I go by what the vet is telling me?

In any case, the owner wants to sell him right away now and she is asking $2,500.

I am really only prepared to pay between $1000-$1500 for him.

I'm very new at all of this so I was hoping to get some advice before I make a counter offer to her. I'd like to have some knowledge in my hands to say "he is worth xxx amount." I am wondering if my counter offer price of $1000-$1500 is reasonable given his condition and age?

I'm sorry if any of this is confusing, it's a weird situation but the owner (who is also the owner of my barn) Is a good gal and she does care about this horses well being, but I also don't want her pulling a fast one on me, assuming that my novice horse purchasing experience can be taken advantage of.

Thanks for any help!
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Before you go any further you need to get a different vet to see and evaluate this animal.
Get this vets opinion on age, health and what he thinks about these "benign" melanomas all over the body seen.
When you are the paying client you are paying for a honest evaluation and all information divulged to you this vet can discover so you can proceed or stop anymore involvement, leasing or purchase happening.
Your information does not need to be shared with the owner either...remember she will have a differing answer for anything controversial as she wants a sale..
I would be swayed by what the vet estimates of age and health condition/issues over a "owner" who is not trained, a expert nor gone to vet school for such things...
There is a huge difference in life expectancy of a teen-aged horse and one that is in there late 20's...:-|
There is also a lot of difference in benign and cancerous lesions occurring, depending upon where they are located on the body.
This "owner" is looking to sell to you, "dump" this horse and make a profit on it.... :eek_color:

So, this horse is a rescue...except for any monthly costs she paid before YOU took on this horses lease, you started to pay all of his bills...this "owner" probably had paid nothing to get the horse, and very little in care costs till you came along...
Sadly, in you she has found a "sucker" who shells out money and pays all her bills.
So now she tosses a totally unrealistic price at you for a horse who is covered in tumors seen and unknown what is internal tumor afflicted, ..if the vet is accurate...being the horse is a recovering rescue probably taken some life expectancy away too...
Please, please make sure this horse she did not "adopt" from a rescue since most rescues have no-sell clauses in legal contracts signed, period.
So what are you left with... :-?

So you must decide on a number you are willing to spend and not one penny more, period...
You get that second independent vet evaluation first, ask the hard questions and listen to the answers...
This is hard but let your brain make the decision, then your heart and emotions get to rejoice or cry.
To take on such a animal is well prepared with the facts before you jump in to more than you bargained for.

As for price...based on what you shared and the controversy of vet & owners "opinions"...
I would not offer more than $500, if that. Period.
Horses fitting this description by me are given away all the time, or sold for $200 or less...truth.
I wish it sounded better for you than it does but some of what you mention makes me want to run for the hills as fast as my feet can go and take my sore heart with me..

I'm sorry. I don't wish my words to be so hurtful, but honest and truthful.
Sometimes we need to be told in straight talk what others sugar-coat...
You are looking at a broken heart in all probability sooner rather than later and a horse you may be faced with enormous bills from and some really tough decisions needed.
I just want you to realize, to go into such a situation with eyes open wide and true understanding of what that owner is poo-pooing may indeed not be the whole story or truth.
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When the quality of life has changed so drastically for my horses, regardless of their age...but their health and condition is not reversible and going to continue to deteriorate...
I euthanize...humanely before pain and suffering takes place.
It isn't the money being spent....NO!!
It is not wanting my horse to suffer pain, discomfort or fear...I won't allow that to happen, I won't!
My horses are part of my family...I leave nothing uncovered in tests or things tried...
But when my horse is at the point where the quality of their life is difficult for them to eat, to get around, to be happy & content...then with the guidance of my trusted vet I will release my horse to the heavens.
Otherwise, my horses live out their life in peace in my pasture and my barn, taken excellent care of that I can offer them.
My horses took care of me carrying me on my journeys the least I can do is take care of them as they advance in age and conditions not under any of our control.

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