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Doing Business with a consignment barn\

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  • Doing Business with a consignment barn\

    I am considering sending my horse to a consignment barn in NY for sale

    I have never sent out a horse is there any steps I should take?
    " An open hand can only take a closed hand can give and take"

  • #2

    Beware a no board or training fee with trainer taking a cut out of the sale price. A) Too much potential for fraud. B) Substandard care. C) Trainer uses horse for kid lessons or short term leases it to his clients, pockets the lease fee and you get squat except too many riders of questionable talent.

    Set a time limit, I'd say no more then 90 days. You can renew the contract at that point if you feel it's going well even if it has not sold.

    INSIST on having buyer write YOU the check for full purchase price. Then you pay trainer. Because...trainer can lie about sale price-and too many of them do.

    Of course the above means you get a FULL accounting of all expenses deducted plus an agreed upon commission or amount above purchase price.

    The biggest danger in having an expenses out of sale price contract is you can end up OWING the trainer money.

    Some consignment barns do a great job and get them sold-BUT they have a "training/sale" board fee and you STILL have to be CAREFUL and have a written contract.
    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

    The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


    • Original Poster

      Would you suggest anyone in orange county ny he is a really nice hunter I brought over from Ireland 3 yrs ago , I am now doing dressage
      Last edited by dressagebrat; Nov. 12, 2012, 10:24 AM. Reason: spelling
      " An open hand can only take a closed hand can give and take"


      • #4
        Not my area but I'm sure somebody can. Most trainers take in sales horses and he is more likely to attract buyers if he is in an active barn. I doubt anybody decent is going to take him as straight consignment-all expenses out of sale price.

        Most legit barns quit that when the economy tanked starting in the early 2000s and it started taking months to sell instead of a few weeks...and people started suing when they found out they got ripped off and lied to in regards to the actual sales price.

        If you need out from under, contact reputable area trainers about a possible lease, that would get miles on the horse and get him out of your wallet.

        And, again, I have not heard of anybody reputable doing straight consignment any more, they are going to charge you training/sale board. Be careful.
        When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

        The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


        • #5
          David Hopper in Amenia, NY is the best. I used him to sell my horse and he was awesome. Up front about everything and got it done quickly.



          • Original Poster

            wow Thank you for the great responses
            I almost sent my horse to a consignment barn this week and He asked for me to go in partners with him , and when I asked if I was able to see my horse and know if he was leaving the property he got very mad and hung up on me.
            " An open hand can only take a closed hand can give and take"


            • Original Poster

              Has anyone had their horse held hostage by Joe Bender Sale Barn?
              " An open hand can only take a closed hand can give and take"