Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How's horse selling and buying? The God's honest truth

Someone asked me for a horse buying/selling update. Not much to report at present. An observation, though -- either activity alone can justifiably described as "not for sissies." I'm sure all sellers have stories.

I had a potential buyer email me with a question about Riley's specific shade of chestnut -- pale chestnut was okay, but not bright or liver. The email made me chuckle at what I thought was a "crazy lady" line of questioning -- but when we spoke, the buyer was a lovely person, intelligent and sane and funny. She knows what she wants, and she's going for it.

Selling and buying in tandem is just a double-whammy. Looked at the horse market lately? Suitable horses in a decent price range (e.g., less than the list price of a new car) are rare. Ri will be tough to replace, for sure.  I have not appreciated him, and it's humbling.

 And after all, I've been to the top of the mountain already -- with wonderful dressage partner like Harv,  purchased at a bargain basement price?

As Prince would have said...

Nothing compares 2 U


  1. Buying and selling can be very stressful. Finding just that right match both ways can be so hard. You have been posting some very cute potential buys but are you considering an OTTB? Seems like Harv was such a good fit for you, you might be able to find something similar from one of the OTTB sites and since the initial price will be so much cheaper put your money into some trainer miles and make an all around nice horse.

  2. I can relate to how hard it is to follow Harv. My first "specific" dressage horse was a Morgan I bought as a yearling for $900 – and rode to Prix St. George, collecting USDF All-Breed awards at every level. Nothing has been the same since, but I've learned to appreciate each mount along the way for what they each could do and what they taught me. At this point I'm no longer looking for a horse that can help me earn my final score for my Silver Medal or help me get my Gold Medal, although that would be nice....

  3. I'm chuckling over the "chestnut lady," because I would prefer bright or liver chestnut OVER pale! How interesting that she's being so specific because as you said it's hard enough to find the right horse, never mind one that's also the "right" color. Good grief.

    It must indeed be very hard trying to do sell and buy at once... hoping the right one will come along for you and that Ri will be someone else's perfect match!

  4. There must be something about the chestnut color. I'll take any shade of bay in a second but a flat chestnut irks me-might be the old schoolmaster I rode who had a thing for ponies -- he would spin around unannounced when one would school with us! Oye


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