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Ashley

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I have a horse for sale that I have raised up from a baby. My original plans were to raise him, break him, and team him with his dam. Well after much thought, work and stress, his dam is just way to high strung when nurseing a foal to do anything with. She is a very good mom and needs to be left doing just that.

I also am very limited to my herd size. I want a all around show gelding. He is/ can be a awsome preformance horse. HE places in halter but will never be a national contender in it.

I never did have any plans on selling him. Until now. I need to cut back, and have decided I want all my horses to be AMHA/AMHR. SO I put up my 3 AMHR horses for sale, and am holding back a 4th as im not sure what im gonna do with her yet.

I also bought Boo who I hope will make me a nice all around horse. He is double registured so if I do ever show some AMHA shows I have more options with him.

I was hopeing to find a home for my other gelding with somebody I know, and preferably with kids as he loves them. But a good home is most important, no matter the people.

Well I currently have 2 people intrested in him. One I kinda remember as she bought his sister from me a few years ago.

My problem is, I have decided to sell him no matter what, however my heart and head are not working together on this one.

HOw do you get them to do so, and agree to let him go? Its easier when I have in my mind from day one that they will be sold, but when you have no plans of it and then decided to it isnt so easy anymore.

I actually could have sold him last year to a lady with young kids looking for a good gelding for them. However I had the same problem, couldnt do it, and said no.
 

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I TOTALLY understand where you're coming from. Two years ago I sold my very first mini I ever bought. I picked him out at Tom Wilson's farm (OHIO'S...). thought I would NEVER sell him and he'd live with me forever. I had sold a colt of his to a wonderful lady that lives near me a couple years ago. I wasn't even thinking about selling him, but she called me out of the blue and asked if I had a mini for sale. I told her sorry, but no, I didn't. She called me back and pleaded for a mini. I ended up selling her my boy. What better place for him to go than to a great lady to live with his son. Worked out for everybody and I've never regretted it. The only down side is that as often as I tell her to watch their weight, she feeds them to death
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Good luck with your decision, I'm sure you'll make the right one.
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Ashley

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Well feeding him to death isnt a problem. This boy doesnt put on weight. He has been on pasture all summer, along with pretty much free choice hay and stays in perfect shape.

Now my other gelding................
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How do you sell a horse you are really attached to
Gosh, Ashley, I sure don't know, but when you find out...please share the news ok?
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It is not easy, but if you truly believe there is a better home for your horse, you will know it when you find it and do your research, stay in touch w/the people he goes to, make it a point to have him come back to you if something changes, etc.

It is the best you can do.

Been there, done that, multiple times....

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I totally know where you are coming from as does everyone who ever has had horses sometimes life gets in the way and sometimes a horse who seemed to be the perfect one ends up not fitting for whatever reason and sometimes its just timing. I always think I will be giving a horse a forever home but sometimes another home comes along that for specific reasons may be a better home than mine but it is always hard to see one go. But its not only horses either any animal that makes its way into someones heart is hard to let go of if the original thought was to keep it. It sounds like you have found a very good home for your horse and that is most important you could always have a contract that says if ever the horse leaves there you want him back. Good Luck!!!!!
 

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We have a mare that we bred, raised, showed & loved for 13 years. She has given us a beautiful foal every year since we retired her from the show ring. Since we are keeping just a few mini's now (Lee's interest is in the shetlands) I am selling her. The buyer is a person that has bought several from us though & will give her a good home. That is the secret - for me anyways.
 

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