Originally Posted by EnduranceLover6
Were you certified through the ASEA? Why do you think that you had such a hard time creating this business (factor: location, job demand, etc?) Thanks.
I took the ASEA course in Pheonix and was certified thru them. At the time I think it was just a 2 or 3 day course. When I started I was EXTREMELY involved with the horse community, but there was just no need for it, even with the insurance companies. I talked with several equine insurance carriers that covered my state and said that at that time an "official" appraiser was an unneccasry added expense. Fair market value evaluations by trainers, vets, judges, and brokers was quicker and cheaper. Believe me, I tried.
It wasn't that I wasn't qualified, I placed in the top 10 in all of the judging meets I was in (well over 40) during high school, and was working on getting my open judging card. I was also promoting a stud, and giving lessons. Not to mention that I had grown up around horses and show, so many people knew me.
What it came down to in my area (maybe yours is different), there was and still is NO use for a certified appraiser. Everyone likes the concept, but the mentality is why pay for a formal appraisal and all the attachments when a 1 page letter stating their opinion of the value of the horse from the above mentioned professionals bares as much weight and is most likely quite a bit cheaper.
Like I said earlier, I don't want to discourage anyone, but I would most definitely do it as a side job for starters, and don't plan on it ever being a full-time income. If you are able to get a few appraisals a year, it would be good horsey funding $$.