Hate Selling a Horse!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by helmstead, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    So, Marcie has been on the market for a little over a month. Her ad in Stablemates and Stablemates.com expired last Friday.

    I am so sick of the calls looking for a cheap horse. I'm sorry, but where I come from a $3000 horse IS a cheap horse! Especially a safe, well broken horse who is sound and ready to go.

    Just got off the phone with a lady from Knoxville. Got her whole life story about her eldest son who was mentally & physically disabled and who sadly died three years ago. All of this to then dive into a story about how she plans - in two years - to open a therapeudic riding stable and is collecting full and half drafts to carry obese disabled people. Also heard the story of her TB gelding she was offered $20,000 and refused for sentamental reasons (again, in the circles I come from, that's not an expensive horse - maybe a local show horse but nothing fancy) so I'd know Marcie would go to a 'forever' home and be *one of* her babies in a barn of maybe 8-10 horses. She asked my price, I said her price has increased since the ad was published by $250 because of ongoing training and would increase the longer I had her. She was agast...she figured the price would decrease with time because I was wanting to 'get rid' of her. I explained price increases with training...as per usual...and I wasn't motivated to sell her at all. She then told me that my ORIGINAL price was more than she was looking to spend, but she'd speak to her son about it...

    I just hope they don't haul their trailer all the way to me just to try to talk the price down. It is FIRM.

    OY VEY
  2. Varisha

    Varisha Songster

    Mar 22, 2007
    Stick to your guns and you will find the right home for your horse [​IMG]

    Even if they show up with a trailer it does not mean you have to sell for anything less than your asking price when you are not in any rush to sell.
  3. newchickowner

    newchickowner Songster

    Aug 19, 2007
    $3,000 is a BARGAIN for a quiet, broke, ready to ride horse!!! If she's going to open a therapeudic riding facility, tell her to get licensed first then when she spends $3,000 on a GREAT horse it will be tax deductable! Stick to your guns. Any time on or with the horse for training is $$$$$. She just doesn't know the horse industry that's all.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2007
  4. JenniferJoIN

    JenniferJoIN Songster

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    I wish we had room for a horse! I love the draft/draft crosses and since I'm a beginner rider, I would need the easy-going horse!

    If people are already looking for a cheap horse, what are they expecting to pay for its care? I've never owned a horse, but I know that they are EXPENSIVE!
  5. blue90292

    blue90292 Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    you are so right, jennifer. if they can't afford $3000 for a horse, you know they can't afford to feed it properly. sheesh, feeding a horse, trimming it's feet, vet bills, etc, etc....love does not feed a horse. i tried. [​IMG]
  6. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    JJ - You've hit the nail on the head. Draft horses are very expensive to PROPERLY maintain. Marcie doesn't eat more ration than a normal horse, but she consumes enormous amounts of hay (hay is their main staple, they were bred to be hay kept). Right now, and in the forseeable future, hay is SO expensive. Dewormers? Double. Farrier care - even barefoot trims are usually $20 more for a draft, "just because". Tack? Specialty and therefore more expensive.

    So when someone argues sale price...that's exactly where my head goes. I'd say just for hay and grain, Marcie costs me about $250 a month. So if you can't afford the initial investment, how on EARTH will you afford maintainance??

    NewChick - great advice - I'll have to use that line on her!

    Varisha - right on...I can already see the disbelief in their eyes when I send them packing...
  7. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    I have the $250 a month...it's that initial payment that would kill me!! :eek: Will have to check between the couch cushions...I'm sure I've got at 3 grand stashed in there somewhere. [​IMG]
  8. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    LOL LOL!! I JUST got done laundering my couch & found NADA. Dern! I need to invite some of my loaded friends over for dinner or something!!
  9. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Songster

    May 17, 2007
    I feel for you Kate, I just sold my horse trailer finally and it was a NIGHTMARE! The e-mails, the calls, it seems everyone wants something for nothing! One guy actually said to me "well I am not going to put horses in it so it should not cost as much" It was so stressful and took up so much of my time for nothing. TIRE KICKERS were a plenty! The horses are worse because you have to be so careful. You know something? There are NO cheap horses because what you have to do to maintain them is ongoing and god forbid something happens and you need serious vet care, medications, just the monthly expenses. Some just do not have a clue so stick to your guns. AND a horses price does increase with training, any real horse person knows that. The market right now is flooded up here with horses for sale and it happens every winter. Camps close, people do not want to winter as many, financial reasons, etc. etc. Good horse people know what a good horse is worth and if the price is fair will not even try to talk you down.
    Sorry if I vented a little but I hope I never have to sell another horse trailer or horse in my life. And the horses are here to stay as godwilling as long as I can do it.
    I have actually seen people go out and spend thousands, and I mean big thousands on horses and then complain because grain went up 50 cents a bag.
    I will never understand it.....lol
    Good Luck Kate and keep us posted.
  10. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I would snatch up a $3000 horse in a heart beat! I had the hardest time finding a horse in my price range of $2500 to $3000. We ended up paying $3800, and that was considered cheap! Sometimes I just wish I lived in a southern state!

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