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post #1 of 8 Old 03-29-2013, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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How to sell my horse

I'm trying to sell my grade paint mare. 15.2-3, broke, gentle and an overall greathorse...I'm listing her for $900.00 and only had 2 people look at her over the past several months....what can I do to make her ad draw more people in so I can sell this horse. What info should I put, type of pics...etc...anything that coud help me? Also what websites are best for selling horses...I have her on craigslist, horseclicks and dream horse.

This is what I currently have: ~*~6 year old Paint mare~*~

What else can I do? And when they come out and look at her how do I show her?
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If she is really ridable then people want to see that. So pics of someone riding would be good along with actual conformation shots. Both sides, front and back. Make sure she is standing square and on a level surface when you take the confo pics.
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conformation shots would be a plus as well. I also wouldn't start out the ad with a negative thing about the horse " needs experienced rider when going to new places because she can get excited" personally I would add that at the end of my ad.
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ok,thanks(:
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I want to see a horse up close, no arbitrary photos in the pasture. No photos with its head down. Use all 8 photo slots in the CL ad.
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I'll give my opinion which may sound a bit nitpicky (and you can ignore it all!) buts its not really a too bad add.

Personally, I wouldn't do those curly things on each side of the title. It would make me think that a kid or someone ditzy is selling the horse, and would colour my opinion of everything that follows.

To be honest I don't like the first two photos. Your horse doesn't look alert and just not great pictures. I'd keep the one of you riding and the one tied to the float, and maybe the bareback one but the others aren't really selling your horse. You can say on your add to email for more photos and if they're interested they can do that.

You already seem to take the passive side, saying things like "getting shots today" "working on face clipping". You should use strong, positive assertive sentences. I would say "Up to date with worming, shots and hoof care. Good with other horses. Good to load, tie, trim, wash (as well as add saddle and stable if applicable). You keep referring to her as her/she, use her name more or don't refer at all. They know what you're talking about.

Remember you're conducting a business transaction, so super sweet probably isn't the best terminology. This is what I would say:

"Name" is a sweet-natured, 6 year old, 15.2hh paint mare. She responds well to leg aids, as well as bends and flexes well. "Name" is often ridden both with and without saddle, and when riding bareback usually only a halter is required. "Name" is quiet, laid back and easy to control on the ground and in the saddle. Up to date with worming, shots and hoofcare. Good to load, tie, trim, wash (, catch, saddle, rug and stable{add these if applicable}). Great to ride out on trails and with other horses. Fine around dogs/kids/tractors/traffic. Although she would suit a beginner rider in an arena, "Name" is best suited for a confident and capable rider in new places. Would be a great family/trail horse and a kids horse with a few more miles.

$900.00 may trade for a barrel/ pole/ rodeo horse or prospect (mare or gelding). Let me know what you have. Thank you!

Hope that helps a little!

And remember no matter how great your horse is its only worth as much as someone will pay. So even if she's great and you think worth what you're asking, if no one is looking at her then no one is prepared to pay that much.
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I'll give my opinion which may sound a bit nitpicky (and you can ignore it all!) buts its not really a too bad add.

Personally, I wouldn't do those curly things on each side of the title. It would make me think that a kid or someone ditzy is selling the horse, and would colour my opinion of everything that follows.

To be honest I don't like the first two photos. Your horse doesn't look alert and just not great pictures. I'd keep the one of you riding and the one tied to the float, and maybe the bareback one but the others aren't really selling your horse. You can say on your add to email for more photos and if they're interested they can do that.

You already seem to take the passive side, saying things like "getting shots today" "working on face clipping". You should use strong, positive assertive sentences. I would say "Up to date with worming, shots and hoof care. Good with other horses. Good to load, tie, trim, wash (as well as add saddle and stable if applicable). You keep referring to her as her/she, use her name more or don't refer at all. They know what you're talking about.

Remember you're conducting a business transaction, so super sweet probably isn't the best terminology. This is what I would say:

"Name" is a sweet-natured, 6 year old, 15.2hh paint mare. She responds well to leg aids, as well as bends and flexes well. "Name" is often ridden both with and without saddle, and when riding bareback usually only a halter is required. "Name" is quiet, laid back and easy to control on the ground and in the saddle. Up to date with worming, shots and hoofcare. Good to load, tie, trim, wash (, catch, saddle, rug and stable{add these if applicable}). Great to ride out on trails and with other horses. Fine around dogs/kids/tractors/traffic. Although she would suit a beginner rider in an arena, "Name" is best suited for a confident and capable rider in new places. Would be a great family/trail horse and a kids horse with a few more miles.

$900.00 may trade for a barrel/ pole/ rodeo horse or prospect (mare or gelding). Let me know what you have. Thank you!

Hope that helps a little!

And remember no matter how great your horse is its only worth as much as someone will pay. So even if she's great and you think worth what you're asking, if no one is looking at her then no one is prepared to pay that much.
Thank you sooo much! This was extremely helpful!
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Her first two pics she looks ribby and generally unkempt - her mane needs to be neat, and if she can clip she should definitely be clipped. A horse that looks well cared for is much easier to place. If she is really that condition, I would up her feed and worm her. If she's not that condition - I would get better pictures.

The other advice you have been given is excellent.

I should add that things should pick up as summer approaches, right now is a terrible time to own and sell horses, hay is crazy expensive and most people are just not willing to pick up another mouth to feed. So make her special and worth it for them. Take her to shows, or playdays... expose her to lots of things and make sure to ride her daily and get her as broke and appealing as possible.

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