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post #1 of 14 Old 05-24-2009, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Having trouble selling Ogre

I've had our pony on the market for about three weeks now and I've only had two nibbles, both of whom said they'd call back, but never did. I've advertised him online (with pictures), in the paper and on the radio. He's 15 years old, rides and drives and is healthy. I'm asking $400 - is that too much? Quite frankly I don't care how much I get for him, I just want to be sure he ends up in a good home. Any suggestions on where/how to advertise? Any questions I should be asking potential owners to help weed out the good from the bad?

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-24-2009, 04:06 PM
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The economy stinks in Michigan right now. It's hard to say if you're asking too much or not. How big is your horse? Registered? Have you listed him on this site?

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post #3 of 14 Old 05-24-2009, 07:38 PM
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Did you try craigslist? I had 2 saddles for sale that I listed there. They both sold within a few weeks. I'm pretty impressed with it.
You might try printing up some flyers and putting them at the feed store, tack store etc.
The last horse I sold I know I got the most responses from Dreamhorse.com and actually sold 2 of them through that site.


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post #4 of 14 Old 05-25-2009, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Joshie and Vida! You're so right about the economy here, Joshie...it's the worst. Ogre is not registered and he stands at about 11.5 hh. I don't have him listed on this site, but I'll try that, too. I'll also check out Dreamhorse.com. Vida, I do have him on Craigslist, that is where my only two nibbles came from. Thanks again guys!

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post #5 of 14 Old 05-25-2009, 11:43 AM
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I've had my gelding up for about 3 weeks as well.
I've gotten a lot of interest though equine.com and equinenow.com. I've had people e-mail me directly so I dont know where they came from.
Ive also gotten a few people interested when I posted him on my state horse forum. With the way the economy is i'm not expecting him to sell too quickly, but all you need is just one buyer.

Maybe on the price, you could put $400 OBO so people know that you're not firm on the price and are willing to negotiate. And maybe the people never called back because they forgot.
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-26-2009, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Appy! Yes, I do need to be patient with the economy being what it is. I have put on the ads that I'm willing to negotiate on the price so I'll just have to wait it out. I'll check out the sites you mentioned, too. :)

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post #7 of 14 Old 05-26-2009, 02:49 PM
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Thanks Appy! Yes, I do need to be patient with the economy being what it is. I have put on the ads that I'm willing to negotiate on the price so I'll just have to wait it out. I'll check out the sites you mentioned, too. :)
Is he safe for young children? I'd think that you'd be able to sell him for much more than $400 if he's child safe.

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post #8 of 14 Old 06-06-2009, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I sold him today. I like to think he went to a good home, but I still feel guilty. It doesn't help that my oldest daughter is mad at me even though she knew it was coming. Stella and Luna are taking it better than I thought. They just call out for him once in a while. I guess I'm just "2neighs" now.

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post #9 of 14 Old 06-06-2009, 11:49 AM
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Selling a beloved horse is never easy, even if you know it is to a good home. Your daughter will get over it, kids always do. :) Are you planning to look for another horse or just stick with 2?

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3 weeks is nothing. I've had Drifter up since I got laid-off back in December. Nibbles, several "we will get back with you" and nothing. People are having problems giving horses away for free right now and the rescues are over filled. Just a bad situation out there.

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