View Full Version : been offered a swap - opinions?

14th October 2009, 11:44 PM

I have been offered a swap for my little coloured cob youngster in return for a point and press, 14.2 TBX jumping mare, 12yrs old, chestnut, been on broodmare loan. On her toes but safe (apparently).

My little cob is a bit wild now but incredibly stunning and i wasn't sure whether to hold on or not, he will be worth a lot when he's older. He went up now as im desperate for money and nothing is moving.

So - keep my little cob till he sells or is worth more - or swap for a much older mare that may be worth a lot more in the right hands? make a good competition mare? im just not a jumper...but i may have someone who would like to take her off me, its just her age...
What do you think?

this is her



The foal she bred (not available)


My cob youngster...



by the way...this is when he first arrived...his feet have been done (thank goodness) and he is a lot chunkier now but still looks gorgeous.

Honest opinions...

14th October 2009, 11:49 PM
Hmmm, I think she looks quite weak and like she'd need a lot of work before you you could make any significant money on her whereas he has looks and age on his side plus being a coloured he should sell fairly easily at the moment. If I was you I wouldn't do it, I think he has more potential!

Poppy and Harmony
15th October 2009, 12:35 AM
Hold onto the youngster.

Tbh I don't like the look of the mare, she looks alot older than 12 and very weak as Bimba has said.

Your little coloured is gorgeous!

15th October 2009, 06:10 AM
The mare looks a heck of a lot older than 12 to me. My horse is a chestnut TB x also 12, and he looks half her age. If you want to compare he's on my member profile and my little signature picture is him.
Her conformation isn't that great either. Your cob is very nice and even at his age will be worth more than she will now, unless she's got an amazing competition record Also if you're not a jumper and you are going to have to rely on someone else to get her going again I would walk away.

15th October 2009, 09:58 AM
Agree with everyone else. Your youngster is unspoilt, the mare has no proven record as a competition horse or a broodmare plus the age. She will take some work to get back into shape to ride let alone jump when did she foal.

15th October 2009, 10:20 AM
I think I'd probably keep the cob.. Sounds like the mare is a bit of a gamble, what if she can't actually jump? Do you trust the current owner?

I'd say it's a bit dodgy to want to swap a trained 'competition prospect' for a yearling... Surely a trained mare is worth more than a yearling?

Also if you need money there doesn't seem an awful lot of point in swapping one horse for another..

15th October 2009, 10:21 AM
thanks guys, Im one for saying no and put my foot in it half the time.

What would you value my youngster at?

15th October 2009, 11:39 AM
Yeh I would keep your boy! He is very eye catching at would probably make you a lot of money when you do go to seel him. I would pay 800 for him at the mo. He's cracking.

I dont really like the mare personally. Her conformation is awful.

My Crazy Clan
15th October 2009, 03:23 PM
I would keep your boy, I would pay 500/650 for him as he is now.

15th October 2009, 07:35 PM
same as the rest i would keep your boy i think an hounest valuation for a private sale is 600 to 800 for your boy he is a cracker

15th October 2009, 07:48 PM
Personally, I would pass on the mare. She might be the nicest mare in the world, but I think she looks on the lean side and much older than 12. I'm not convinced that you would get as much cash for her in the long run. You have to ask yourself why the mares owner wants to do a swap, rather than buy your boy - is it because they can't sell the mare, is it because she is a nutter or is it that they know that your coloured lad is going to be worth a lot of cash once he has matured. If these people truely wanted your lad, they would buy him instead of offering you a swap for the mare. It's up to you at the end of the day - go with your gut feeling.

15th October 2009, 08:58 PM
keep the cobby boy his value will probably only go up, one is coloured and two is a trad which are popular and a good one is pricey where as the mare is a bit old for my liking especially to sell on

with his feet hopefully sorted and nice now he is a very nice prospect for someone, how big will he be, *hint* lol

15th October 2009, 09:04 PM
hehe, thanks, i turned her down. I just hate turning down horses but i cant do anything with her like you said, just needed someone to sell it.

Im glad you like the little cob, He's not had any interest so far and i thought maybe i thought to much of him.

Im hoping he'll make 14-14.2 but im useless at hieghts! he was next to my 14.2 mare the other day and he didn't look like he had a million miles to get to her...

crap picture of him but you can see he has filled out a bit more and his feet are better



17th October 2009, 10:07 AM
Keep the cob, he's fab!!

17th October 2009, 10:54 AM
I really think hes a cracker! Really like him, I'd have him in a shot if I had the money!! Whats his name??

17th October 2009, 05:18 PM
She's up on horse hunter now for 650 after i turned her down.

18th October 2009, 09:56 AM
oh, he's not nearly as fun as echo though! he's a whimp really!

18th October 2009, 12:04 PM
Defo stick with what you've got - he's stunning..... get his feet trimmed - he'll do well at small shows next year!!!! Then you'll have loads of people begging to buy him!! Have fun!

18th October 2009, 01:08 PM
I think you DEFO did the right thing turning the mare down and keeping Mr Cob :)

The mare (as has been said) looks very odd conformation and really weak along her topline and hind quarters.

Mr Cob will make a super ponio. If I had cash, I'd take him off you like a shot :p


18th October 2009, 05:38 PM
cheers! thats reassuring, it was the thought of a rider for a non rider, but i dont think i could have done much with her at all really and i like the cob for all his little flaws!

His feet are regularly done now and are actually a fantastic shape and keep themselves tidy nicely! he came off trailer and it was the first job! i couldn't stand seeing them like that!

Horse Mad Mum
18th October 2009, 08:48 PM
g;ad you kept your boy he will do well i think HMM X