I might be being a bit inflexible here, or vendors might be taking the piss. How can you know? They want double the amount I think he's worth, but of course they know I (or we really, he is/will be my daughter's) really really want him. For lots of reasons I think they would prefer us to have him than to sell him on the open market, we'll keep him where he is, they can still take him to the 2014 championships he qualified for this weekend.
Pony/horse (15hh) is an absolute sweetheart, he's 7, current owners could easily make him worth something closer to the amount they are asking but right now we both know nobody will pay more than I'm offering. He was a disaster to hunt and to SJ in an indoor arena, but he is doing very well in XC for example and in all other respects is perfect.
Should I dig my heels in and prepare to walk away and look for something else, which will already be quite sad and difficult as daughter is getting attached, or think about him in terms of what he is worth to us rather than what he would fetch out there, today?
I suppose we still might, although these (lovely lovely lovely) people don't ever seem to actually sell any of their horses - I don't think they really want to deep down, hence the slightly unrealistic price tags on them all, as far as I can tell they haven't sold a single one yet and they're all fantastic
no, actually am feeling really 'do we need all these horses' so tired from the extra riding and general work already - you'd think one more wouldn't hurt but it's winter and it does! as lovely as he is we could equally love something cheaper and lower maintenance and I would just feel so much happier if I was doing more with rodeo boy
have had chat with owners and we all know where we stand which is that they will continue preparing him for sale we can just ride him if we want and or make them a better offer
he's ok really, that pic was taken this summer AGES ago, it's just a thing he sometimes does, it's ok!
I still hack him out at weekends when I have to but it's nice for my daughter to have something she can enjoy and get confidence from, really just want someone to ride him once or twice during the week as a minimum.
thanks! I am happy on 13hh (not of broncomatic but in general) because I've got really short legs (despite being about 5'4), but look at the pics, her knees have nowhere to go when she jumps, her thigh bones are about 8' long , am not even joking
I'm ruthless. not Id make my offer and walk away. They're taking the piss given the current cost of horses. Sadly there are plenty of people out there who pay big prices because logically the horse must be good. But they're either too stupid or too naïve to know better. It's bloody hard to part with a horse, hence why I've a field full of ponies, but there are plenty of bargains out there! We'll give you a 13hander!
How do they know he will have lots more BE points next year/ Anything could happen and you really can't make a horse worth double his value by saying that. Plus with his other issues he really isn't the most sellable horse, he needs good SJ to win his points. The market is dead at the moment and there are some lovely very straight horses for not very much money. You also can't take into account what was originally paid for him, i paid in excess of £20k for one of mine, but an accident happened, he wasn't competed as he should have been and was sold for a fraction of that.
If you are not prepared to pay what they are asking walk away and let them go to the open market. The market will tell them what price is realistic. If they need to sell him now they will need to compromise on the price, if they can afford to keep him, school him over winter and overcome his problems then they may well ask more for him.
He looks lovely, find the £££'s - how unhelpful is that?! If you feel you can get him right for hunting and SJ and is good for everything else that you want, then it's worth considering seriously. Money/value wise, I don't know how you negotiate really, but I think you'll have to be quite stern with yourself and keep your hands in your pocket if they won't play ball. There are other horses out there, and another suitable one at the right price is probably amongst them, but I agree it's hard to look for others when you think you've found "the one".
Take your time, and don't be pressured. Fingers crossed that they'll see reason!
GREAT xc, my offer is insultingly low I think (but it's my budget, I hope they understand that!) I know they paid quite a lot for him, and would like it back plus more, but that's not always how these things work is it? He will have a lot of BE points by this time next year and then in wider market terms he could probably easily command the price they are asking now.
so, he had a bad time hunting, but I wouldn't totally write it off (but I never learn) and same with indoor SJ (outdoor he has all the height and ability but maybe not the confidence yet, these are things that just need a little time and effort and they are not vital but I would probably pay more if they were in place already if that makes sense?) he's great in the school at home. I am hoping they will come back and have wiggled the price down a bit, if not we still have the pleasure of him for now and I will see what else is out there for our money. Will stick a picture up here as if that helps!
luckily the money is not at my fingertips or I would have let my heart rule my head or however the saying goes, but I think I could justify a tiny bit more but only if they come back with a lower number first
I wish one of my local tack room people could come and spy on us next time we are out somewhere (ie the jays on Sunday) and say what they think he is worth.