Here’s the link to the ad:
2010 16.1hh flashy TB gelding. Only track broke, came up from Kentucky this fall and has had his down time (so you thought you’d work with a 5yr old off-track TB… that’s not a job for just anyone so good for you!).
No time to train him (Huh? So not +/-5 months after you got him you suddenly have no time? I revoke my “good for you” statement!), he is sitting in a paddock doing nothing (of course he is….). Has an amazing temperament (How would you know? You don’t work with him!).
Must sell, serious enquiries only please. (Why I wonder?)
No videos. (Again, I ask why?)
I’ll start by saying that ads like this really, really bug me. Besides the obvious (i.e., poorly written ad with no useful info, bad pictures, etc.), it makes you wonder what’s really going on here.
No time to train him: Why?
- Because it was way more work than you thought?
- Because you had good intentions and thought you had the ability only to realize your skills are not what they need to be to take on a project like this?
- Maybe you do have the skills but once you got him home and tried to work with him he turned out to be unsound or perhaps a mean, persnickety bastard?
No time my ass, there’s something else going on here…
Must sell: Why?
Generally speaking if someone says “the fall”, it means October/November. That was only a mere 4 months ago. Don’t tell me that 4 months ago you didn’t have even a small idea of what you would be doing in March.
What I find baffling interesting is that it doesn’t look like this seller is hurting for money. Assuming they are footing the bill, it cost them something to buy him and bring him up from Kentucky, he’s wearing a nice blanket, is playing in a nice grassy pasture and they are only asking $1,000. At that price, we can be sure they are losing money on this sale. But why? Why are they willing to cut their losses so quickly?
No videos: Why?
We all have fancy phones this day and age… get out there and take a 30 second video. A video of him goofing off without his blanket on is better than nothing: at the very least it will give us some idea of his movement and that he is at least pasture sound. Maybe a video of him being cross-tied and groomed or longed? Something? Anything? Give your horse a bloody chance for goodness sake!
But here’s what really bugs me:
- The horse actually looks really cute! He’s a perfect size in my opinion and look at his sweet face! Those nice high socks and funky blaze would be flashy in any ring! Of course we can’t see how he’s built thanks to bad pictures and a blanket (I will give bonus points for the fact that he is blanketed, we had a record cold February here in Ontario).
Hopefully he finds a good home on his looks alone. Yeah, yeah, I know…. There are tons of homes out there just looking to purchase a horse ‘cause it’s nice to look at…
- I recently bought my second horse. It was something I had been thinking about for well over a year and that does not include the time I took to look for the right horse once the decision was made. I grappled over how much TIME I would have/need, my goals, the costs, I researched local stables, I researched vets in the area, etc. etc., all BEFORE said purchase. Heck, the hubby and I even had multiple discussions about me plunging back into horse ownership. Why? Because horses are not only costly, they are a HUGE responsibility so a purchase is worth discussing at great length! Apparently you didn’t do that…..
- Fall was only 4 months ago. Do you know how much you can accomplish in 4 months?!?! A lot!
The mare I purchased had/has training issues thanks to someone else’s ignorance. I admit her main selling feature was great breeding as she has just above average movement and yes, she happens to be pretty as well. However, she had some health and training issues. For example, she tried to kick you while grooming, she was quite restless/tense in the cross-ties, I couldn’t mount her without help, she reared, she couldn’t trot/canter without falling on her face and/or racing (no she’s not an off-track TB)… I could go on. Well in 3 MONTHS, I not only addressed some health issues (ulcers anyone!); I also did a lot of in-hand work: the kicking while grooming is gone (thanks to the discomfort of ulcers being addressed), she’s much more relaxed in general thanks to a calm, patient, environment and I can now mount her from the block while she stands quietly. Although she still needs a lot of work, we can trot half the arena quietly and we’ve even cantered nicely for a few strides once or twice. Is she ready for the show ring? Heck no but she has come a long way in 3 months with me riding only 2 to 3 times a week. My point is; your horse doesn’t need to be a super star in 4 months but as a buyer (and to give your horse a better chance); I would expect to see some increase in his level of training, not the copout of “no time”.
- I’m going to hazard a guess and say that you thought you could flip this horse quickly and make a few bucks. Well, the fact that you didn’t think about how much effort and time it might take to retrain this horse, especially if he’s more difficult than some, to an appropriate point where he could be safe for someone else to work with is shitty shameful of you! Now you’re trying to dump him for $1,000.
I don’t care how good your intentions were. Intentions don’t save or train horses in need of homes. YOU SUCK! We all know the statistics on where this horse is likely going to end up! How many untrained off-track TB’s do you think there are in our area? Well, let me put it this way; you didn’t need to haul one up from Kentucky, you have plenty to choose from up here seeing that there are 3 large TB racetracks within about a 150km radius of your area. All you did was add another horse to an already flooded market thanks to your lack of foresight and planning.
Shame. On. You.
Fugly in- this is a really cute TB that would be flashy in any ring or even just going down the trail. If you upgrade this horse let me know so we can follow your progress. Makes me wish I was a little closer and in the market because he is CUTE!