View Full Version : looking at arab filly..
16th Mar 2006, 02:42 PM
Ok, the barn where I lease is pushing heavily to place one of their nearly 3 year old fillie's with me. (because they need room and she needs an owner)
Her Sire is a freakishly big and muscular silver arab and her dam is a beautiful bay broodmare. All the babies out of these two separately are beautiful.
All I care about is a pet mare for light riding and I suspect her coloring may be undesireable to him as a broodmare and why he's trying to sell her so desparately. I have seen her cousins of the same color and they are really pretty variations of grey with brown. unfortunately she won't stay this color I hear. But she looks to be sweet and likeable,which is what matters to me.
He wants me to make an offer.. And will NOT give me any indication of what he has in mind. Any idea what a filly would go for as pet qualiyt and blank slate? The fact that she's well bred adds to pet quality,but she is not for show or breeding.
Any idea what lowball offer I should give?
16th Mar 2006, 02:47 PM
This seller has shown integrity in the past and feel he's not out ot gouge me, but if her worth is more than I can do right now, it could be a dealbreaker.
My lease horse is probably not going to be rideable for too long. He's 21 and cantoring on him is a bad idea. (he would likely fall with you on him) He's really disunited and getting worse. I jsut do a little walk trot on him to keep him from getting lonesome. He likes having something to do, but cantoring upsets him badly.
16th Mar 2006, 03:59 PM
Good breeding but a lack of show quality means that in an economical view, she is only 'useful' as a broodmare. Any links to her parentage?
To be honest, if you aren't going to show her or go into anything overly specific, then you don't have the reaons to pay more than $1500 american regardless of breeding. If this guy has integrity, he shoudl realise what she would be used for with you, and also realise that since she has now 'show quality', she won't be desired for much more than any other trail/schooling horse.
to be honest, outside of warmbloods and novelty breeds, I would not pay more than $1000-$1500 CDN for an unstarted horse. She just seems like the average young horse- not anything unusual in terms of breeds- if she were a warmblood, friesian, draft (etc) her price would be much larger. But arabs are pretty common.
16th Mar 2006, 05:32 PM
My mare was sold to me as a former broodmare, and unsuitable for showing. We qualified for the British Arabian Championships shortly afterwards!!! Arabs are an all around breed, and very versatile, offer him $1250, and then do dressage or jumping with her, arabs are remarkanly good at things like that! Don't let anyone tell you she is useless, just cos she is an arab, just do what you feel like doing with her, something like endurance rides, etc. I only paid £1200 for my mare, but that was 11 years ago, and we are still competing, and handing out beatings to the youngsters. Remember though, if you buy her, arabs are not fully mature until 6 years old, so don't do any thing really serious until then with her. Her unusual colouring will get you noticed in a showring, but don't let anyone put you off showing cos she isn't a "traditional" colour. If I still lived over there, I would snap his hand off for her, and offer him a fair price, and don't let yourself pay over the odds for her.
16th Mar 2006, 05:33 PM
I have my Arab Clydesdale coming three unstarted filly advertised for $900, started at $1500 but had at least one person say they could buy an unstarted horse cheaper than that. I'm not taking less than the $900 though...
16th Mar 2006, 05:48 PM
God knows what htis guys expects.. LOL He's nice and all that. But seems to think that arabs are the hub of the universe. :) (not that I'm knocking them, I obvioiusly like them quite a bit)
You're right, she's not exotic or anything. And for my purposes, to pay more is crazy. Now.. onto my other problem which is not price related (he's trying to break down all my reasons for shooing him off on this topic) My main reason of all is, I wasn't looking for a baby. (to me this is still a baby) I just don't want to take her through all these first things. You know? First time with a barking dog at her feet, first time a bag flaps, etc.
I'm now leaning back toward a no thank you for your thoughts of me as a good owner for her. (to the owner if that makes sense) And looking for a horse iwth some years under his/her belt. I hope that doesn't sound selfish. I think these babies need more confidence than I can offer, the more I think about this, the firmer this idea plants itself for fact.
16th Mar 2006, 05:57 PM
I don't think you sound selfish at all! You know your limitations on what you can & can't do & offer at this time.
Don't let him pressure you. Tell him you're flattered.
On a few occasions I've recieved calls from two different people offering me to buy their horse because they knew it would have a good home. One person begged me to take it and the other one offered the horse 4X. (now where were these people when I was actually looking for a horse:p )
I really was tempted but my OH (the voice of reason:rolleyes: ) would make me look at the whole picture & honestly, for everyone involved, it wasn't fesable.
16th Mar 2006, 06:05 PM
but don't let anyone put you off showing cos she isn't a "traditional" colour. If I still lived over there, I would snap his hand off for her, and offer him a fair price, and don't let yourself pay over the odds for her.
LOL That's more hearsay about his motives, since he won't tell me. I do know that he wants to move some of them like very fast. And he knows I baby the lease horse like a lap dog. (well ok, not that bad.. but plenty loving enough)
Your mare is 11? boy.. that's exactly what I'm needing. A nice 11 year old arab for a smothered pet. hahhaa I've already figured out that I'm better with horses that tolerate a touchy brushy chick like me. (there's a few that like attention... 5 feet away though)
I know you're right about arabs. I never had one until this older lease and times I swear he's a young horse the way he acts. He must have been something when he was 10.
17th Mar 2006, 09:20 AM
no hun, my mare is 20!!!! I have owned her for 11 years. I swear I wouldn't bewithout her now!!!
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