Monday, February 25, 2008

Horse Tradin 101



As you know, Jet got hurt a few weeks ago and Hollywood needs another horse besides Duck. We've been shopping - looked at everything from a 14 year old at $600. with a smooth mouth (nice way of saying he's got some age on him) to a $5500. beautiful quarter horse. Now, I must say I really liked this horse trader - he's 71 years old - been trading horses for over 30 years - he says, "well if he don't work out bring him back and I'll give your money back" Now, thats a guarantee! He was so funny flipping thru his book showing the horse's papers and telling us where he got them. The funniest story was one of the horses was penned by himself - now, if the horse isn't hurt, ain't a mare then raises a red flag being penned alone - so, I casually asked why the horse was penned by himself. He says thats AWOL. Seems he's from Mexico and the first night he managed to open three gates - let out all the other horses from MX and then he went missing for eight months. Then he sold him to the Border Patrol & he went AWOL again. Thus, they brought him back! I said AWOL needs to be a city horse in a stall.

11 comments:

Patriot said...

Hi again! I don't mean to bug you at all, but I wanted to let you know about my giveaway this week - it's for a Go-Ped Scooter!! I just thought you might be interested!

BrownEyedCowgirls said...

One of my favorite people to visit with is the local horse trader. My family has known him for about 40 or 50 years. I got my daughter's horse from him and the joke is he had to pay me $40 to take him. Now he couldn't be prouder if he was her own grandpa of the fact that she kicks butt at the horse shows with him and has taught him to kneel and bow.
The guys that have been in the trading business for a long time have gotten a bad rap and it makes it hard for the good ones(like the ones you and I know).
I love watching my daughter beat kids on horses that their parents paid big money for and I get to smile and say she got her's from the horse trader. Hehehehe

lesle said...

My maternal grandfather dealt in livestock and told the story of when he told a man that the man didn't want to buy a particular horse, which only whetted the man's desire to buy that horse. Which he did. Turned out he really didn't want to buy that horse!

lesle said...

The horse trader kinda reminds me of John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn.

Rising Rainbow said...

I've never met a horse trader who identified himself as such. Sounds like this guy does, and a horse with a guarantee no less. Pretty cool

AWOL's story made me laugh. I've seen a few of those in my time but hey never left for 8 months! lol

dennisranch said...

One of the best horses I've ever owned or ridden came from a horse trader. Of course I bought him as a colt! ;)

People who don't understand horses very well, are the ones who give most horses traders a bad name. If the horse has problems, they are human caused and if you check them out and can't deal with those problems then you shouldn't buy him. Most people buy horses they can't really ride, because of foolish pride. They think they are better hands then they really are.

Kris said...

Horse traders-the bad ones give the great ones a bad rap! Love this guy-he truly is one of the good ones! The AWOL story LOL! Hopefully he will find a home he likes and stay! Good luck finding Hollywood another horse!

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Hoping you get just the horse you want.

buckatwos@gmail.com said...

Is Jet alright?

The horse trader looks like someone that would play a horse trader in a movie -hehe.

The Park Wife

seventh sister said...

I don't know about AWOl being an urban horse. If he learned to get out of the stall he might end up on a freeway. He could really cause a ruckus if he didn't get hurt.

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