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post #1 of 17 Old 10-17-2012, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Help my put a price on Gracie.

With a heavy heart, I've decided to put Gracie up for sale. I need to know what to price her at. More worried about a good home than price, and I'm in no hurry to sell, will keep her until the right home comes along.

Gracie was born August of 2008. Not registered but could be AQHA. Green broke but out of work most of the year. Solid gaits but can be a brat going into canter [head tossing, tries to buck] but I'm confident the behavior will stop with consistent work. Great whoa, great on trails, leery of roads but manageable. Can ride in halter and leadrope and bareback but haven't made it up to cantering like that yet. Neck reins. Loads and hauls like a dream, stands for farrier and vet, tolerates baths. Ties, groundties, crossties. Teeth done in the spring. Great feet, no shoes, never taken a lame step. No other health issues but a mild cold this spring. Affectionate "in your pocket" type but respectful, needs an experienced and confident handler though because she'll take advantage of you if you'll let her [head tossing, grouchy face, pushy, but NEVER bites or kicks].

Confo pictures are from the spring, she's not so downhill now. Will try to get better pictures this week. Roughly 14.3 but that's a guess, hasn't been sticked.

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post #2 of 17 Old 10-17-2012, 11:34 PM
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I would think you should register her prior to trying to sell her. It opens up your market to more possible buyers. Price-hmmmm. Maybe $1500? Max, registered.

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I'm not gonna fork over the money to register her. The point is I'm poor, lol. If they want to register her, they can, but like I said, what she sells for isn't a concern, so if I only get $500 or give her away to the right home, I'm okay with that. I just want to have a reasonable price in mind and give it a shot. If I can get $1000 for her, I'd take it, obviously, but it's more about the money I'll save than the money I'll make.

I plan to exhaust all personal options before I put her on Craigslist or anything. If I can keep her offline, I will, I'd rather her go to a friend of friend of a friend.

ETA: I'll also try to get her in shape and in consistent work this winter. It's hard without a covered arena but it'll keep her at her best and her price can possibly increase.
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Ask for $1500, sounds like she has had alot of hard work put into her and just needs some fine tuning. ask 1500 and take 1200.
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post #5 of 17 Old 10-17-2012, 11:58 PM
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I'd price her at $1,200. I think $1500 maybe a bit much for a fairly green unregistered horse these days. If you start her at $1,200, you may get offers between $800 and $1000. You'll get some money out of her, not a lot, but sounds like a good home is more than you could ask for.
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I'd be willing to bet that the bucking into the canter issue is at least partly due to those saddles sitting so badly on her withers; with her being downhill it just compounds that. Regardless, it is a major problem that may deter people... I know that bucking will drop a horse way down on my list, and they have to have some major redeeming points for me to want to deal with that issue.
Really, in my opinion, this is a bad time to sell - between the whole slaughter issue, the drought, and winter being an awful time to sell regardless (everybody's thinking of selling, not buying in the winter) - I think if you're wanting to sell, don't have your heart set on a price and instead look for the best home and accept a potentially lower price.
I would maybe list her for $800-$1000, maybe a slight bit higher if you want.. then be willing to deal if you find a fantastic home. Her bucking/canter issues ARE going to be a problem.

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post #7 of 17 Old 10-18-2012, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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It could be that saddle, I'm not riding her in it anymore. She started out bucking into the canter when we first started cantering, but she soon stopped. She picked it up again but I think part of it is not having been worked much at all this year. I'm hoping to get her past this by spring. Aside from one legit fit, she mostly just tosses her head and "bounces," I wouldn't even call it a real buck. Doesn't mean I won't disclose it to her new owner though, I'd rather overestimate her only "vice" and find someone who is okay with it than risk someone being surprised.

I realize it's a bad time to sell, especially going into winter. Which is fine, I'll keep her all winter. I'll keep her all next winter. But it would be financially irresponsible of me to keep killing myself supporting both horses. A good home is certainly more important, like I said, it's not about the money I get for her but the money I save. I'm just not about to list a free horse. I need to put a price on her.

Thanks for the input so far guys, I know the market isn't huge for grade green broke mares, but I'm hoping I can find someone who will like a cute and fun small project
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post #9 of 17 Old 10-18-2012, 10:57 AM
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I think only a few hundred. She's green, not trained in anything, is not registered, downhill, potential attitude and needs work. There's too many well broke and trained horses out there for the 1-2k range for your mare to be competitive in that price range.
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Despite her few conformation flaws, like being down hill, I think she'd make a super cute 4-H pony :) Of course the bucking needs to be long since addressed. (I agree on the saddle fit comment) I would say $500. She is not currently registered and its usually a costly, pain in the rear process as the horses get older. She is green broke and green grade horses are a dime a dozen. If you are not in a hurry, try higher, if finding a good home is key I'd stick around $500 and "deal" if you feel its right. Free or a couple hundred bucks attracts the wrong kind of attention. If you are lucky, someone open to finishing a horse and putting six months on her then finding her a home would take her for that price. But you are more likely to find a good ol' horse trader or someone un-prepaired financially if you list to low. However for $1000 I could find a lot more horse in this market. Good luck!
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