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post #1 of 10 Old 04-18-2010, 03:12 AM Thread Starter
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I'm currently trying to sell a horse and would like to do all I can to attract potential buyers.
He is a jumper..but I personally can not jump him, kind of a complicated situation to explain. I'm trying to get someone to jump him so I can find out more about what he can do and get some pictures of him over fences and all...but in the meantime...

I'd love if I could have some ideas for things to work with him on. Preferably things on the ground, because there is a major personality/confidence issue and I can only ride him a little bit at the moment (one of the reasons for selling..)
But I have no issues doing anything at all on the ground with him.

So, what "extras" would you like to see in this type of horse that would give him that extra spark? Or does anyone have any other advice that would help make him shine brighter than the other horses out there?

He has quite a bit of groundwork on him..sort of a mixture of Clinton Anderson and Chris Cox's methods. I will be working with him on trailer loading (no clue how he is about it yet as I have no trailer but will be using a friend's) if needed and any other basics like that..

But is there anything extra I could do that would put him ahead?

Here is his Dream Horse ad if that's any help at all:
DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1538635 - Kainne


Thanks for any and all advice
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-18-2010, 08:43 AM
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Do you have any just riding pictures, videos, anything else that shows him off?
And I don't know about the area that you live in, but here the horse market still sucks, so if it is like that were you live, it might take a while to sell.

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post #3 of 10 Old 04-18-2010, 08:44 AM
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^Oops, for the pictures I ment to put them on the ad, instead of just one and the photobucket link.

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I like the photo of him in the ad much better than the previous ones; that should help. On your photobucket album, I actually like the 4th and 5th standing photo even better. The movement photo on photobucket is good too; shows his dressage potential. Personally, I would take out the language about getting excited working around other horses. I would of course disclose that when someone expressed interest in him; but I think it may discourage potential buyers.

I know I haven't answered your primary question, sorry. The best thing you can do is to put an experienced rider on him and get photos and videos of him over fences and working in a dressage frame. I don't think there's anything else you can do groundwork wise to make him more marketable.

Good luck! I think you've presented him well.
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And you will have to have said ruder with you when people come to try him out. Clients expect the owner to ride the horse before they do
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Could you possibly free jump him? That way potential buyers can see how he carries himself over jumps, without having to wait for someone else to ride him.
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Ii was also thinking getting video of him freejumping and/or video of him working from the lunge line. That way you can show off his movements without being on him as well as show his obedience and willingness to work.
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Thanks so much, all very good thoughts!
I was thinking about taking out that statement, too, but really unsure..I want to do my best to sound honest straight away but you're right, I will take it out. Especially since most people do try to stretch the truth even if they mention a vice in an ad, so people might think it is worse than it is and this is only a minor issue of his.

That's also a very good idea about freejumping him or something along those lines. I will definitely try that out!

And it is a bit more money to add more photos onto the actual ad, so since he has only been out there for a short time at the moment we are trying to avoid spending more unless he has trouble selling after awhile..more of my mom's idea than mine, TBH, but I've got to go with it for now

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And it is a bit more money to add more photos onto the actual ad, so since he has only been out there for a short time at the moment we are trying to avoid spending more unless he has trouble selling after awhile..more of my mom's idea than mine, TBH, but I've got to go with it for now

Some sites do let you ad an additional link in there, so you could just make a "for sale" album on photobucket, or even put it right in the ad.
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That's what I have on his ads (as shown on his dream horse ad) but she was suggesting that I add more pictures to show up in the ad itself.
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