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  1. #1
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    Red face Purchasing a Foal, before Weaning?

    I am inquiring about an adorable donkey foal that lives down the street from my boarding barn. I'm hoping I can maybe so see it this weekend. It's only maybe 2 or 3 months old, at most.

    How does it work, buying a foal before it is weaned? Do I put a deposit down before it is weaned, and then pay the rest of the cost when it is ready to be weaned? Or pay the entire amount now, with a contract or something it comes home with me at weaning?

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    I purchased my mare when she was 3 weeks old. I put down 50% down as a deposit, and we signed a contract of sale. Second payment was due upon delivery.

    Seller did not charge board, but from the point I signed the contract on, she was "my horse" and I arranged and paid for vaccinations, provided supplemental food, dewormed, handled her etc.

    High dollar horses, and pro breeders probably have different arrangements. But I am guessing this little guy isn't super expensive.

    Good luck! My old barn had two mini donks, I LOVED those guys, so much personality!



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    matter of negotiation.

    and of course... get it in writing!
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    I've bought a couple of foals this way. For horses worth a significant amount of money, the buyer would be required to insure the horse at least until the new owner takes it home. Usually there's a payment schedule, agreed upon by both parties. The last payment, of course, would be made before the horse goes to its new home.
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    Baby donkey is going for next to nothing, so no payment plan or insurance needed. Thanks for the input!
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    I have no idea how to help you until we see pictures of baby donkey.

    Everybody else is spot on, though! Congrats!
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    Taking pictures and posting them on COTH now and then some when you get said donkey home is a requirement. Just to make sure everyone agrees donk is cute and the same one
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    I have sold foals in utero as well as prior to weaning. If you want to get the very best price, this is the time to buy a foal.
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