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post #11 of 18 Old 09-17-2011, 09:03 PM
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In my opinion, he'd do better as a dressage horse. He has a nice flat-kneed trot, but I don't like his canter or jump as much, if he were to be a hunter, and he'll lose some flat-kneedness adding shoes, but it sounds like from what you say, he needs the shoes. I'd guess about 8-10k for a selling price for a clean-vet checked, sweet-tempered horse, but depends on the market in your area. Also, you could market him as a hunter or dressage horse, and let the buyer decide.
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post #12 of 18 Old 09-17-2011, 09:49 PM
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Hi there, he is super cute and quiet, I think he'd make a nice hunter!!! I live in Columbus Ohio, and as you know the horse market isn't really that great around here, especially for the english horse. I ride dressage currently, and have ridden hunter/jumpers for the past 17 years, and sold a horse similar to him several years back (unraced tb, similar amount of training) and got $3500, in this market, in this area, I'd say anywhere from $1500-$2500 (even though he's probably worth tons more!!). It just sucks when the economy takes a dip, so do the horse prices!! I would ask some local trainers, maybe they would have students that would want him, or they can give you a better idea on the price.
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post #13 of 18 Old 09-17-2011, 09:53 PM
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Ok, after watching the videos again, I think he would make a cute dressage guy as well!! Let me know when you decide on a price and when to sell him, and I can let some trainer friends know about him up here, I actually have a friend looking for a dressage prospect also!!
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post #14 of 18 Old 09-18-2011, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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I paid $1300 for him when I bought him. Including his vet check, plus vet bills for an eye ulcer & this tendon injury, farrier bills, chiropractic bills, supplements & board @ $560/month, I have around $9500 in him so far. I would like to get at least half of that back! Considering all the horses I looked at before buying him, I'm inclined to list him at $5500, and take anywhere between $4500 & $5000. Does that seem reasonable?
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post #15 of 18 Old 09-18-2011, 06:16 PM
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Well, I'm in your area-ish (Indiana) and I'm also trying to sell a horse. So with that in mind, I've been browsing through ads in the area for quite some time.
Here's my thought on price:
I would not pay more than $5,000. Of course, this is just my opinion. He's definitely be worth more if he'd had a few successful shows under his belt and looked a little more powerful/through in his flatwork. But I do like him a lot, especially his calm disposition.

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post #16 of 18 Old 09-19-2011, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have an opinion on whether the time of year affects the sale price? I've frequently heard that people don't like to buy horses going into the winter, and when they do, they expect to pay less. Is this just a myth or is there some truth to it?

Of course, at approximately $600/month, to keep him for another 6 months (until spring) would cost me around $3600. Is there any chance continued training & showing would make him worth that much more?
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post #17 of 18 Old 09-19-2011, 08:27 PM
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Hi, I think your asking price will be ok, like I said in my post, he is probably worth more than I was estimating, and I haven't personally seen him!! I think there are two different views on when to buy a horse. I always think if you have a more finished horse, that could be shown fairly easily, it's better to wait until the spring, when show season starts (that's assuming the new owners aren't going down south to do winter circuts or anything). I think when you are selling more of a project horse, winter is better, gives the new owner all winter to work on the horse and prepare for the next season, but of course a less finished horse is going to cost less. I think continued training over the winter would increase his value, but in the ohio area, not sure how much (I know where I live in the Columbus area, english horses aren't going for super high prices), you might have to market him out of state more to get the higher prices. But you know this is my opinion, and I could be wrong, but hope it helps!! I will show my friend his video though!!
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post #18 of 18 Old 09-20-2011, 03:11 PM
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Yes, people are less willing to buy in the fall and early winter because many people do not ride during the winter months and have no desire to feed a horse they don't plan to ride for another 5-6 months. It is highly unlikely that the additional time you would put on him between now and spring would increase his value enough to justify keeping him.

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