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    01-04-2011, 03:41 PM
I am having troubles selling my horse. Any suggestions?

Without the crappy economy being the obvious reason, why am I having such a hard time selling my horse??

Ive had him for sale for about a month on a few websites and he is advertised in local tack stores. Im being very honest with people when it comes to his issues because I don't want any one to get the surprise that I did when he came home. Im getting lots of interest in him but im finding that im getting two different kind of people looking. I only have him listed for $1000 (is this to much or to little??) but also in my add I said im willing to go lower if he was to go to the right home. Heck, im ready to give him away for free to the right person.

So the first kind of person that is contacting me is the younger 4H girls that think he is pretty and see that he is only $1000 and think they can train him themselves. When I ask them for their experience with horse training then say "none" so I reply with "this horse is not for you unless you can either train him yourself or have the resources to send him to a trainer."

Then the second is the kind of person that they sound great. Have the resources to either train him themselves or send him to a trainer but then when I tell them about every single one of his issues because im being honest they go "o wow, no thanks!"

So what do I do?

Do I lie and say he is the BEST horse in the world?? (obviously not) or do I lower his price?? Please give me suggestions on what my next step forward should be...
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    01-04-2011, 03:45 PM
Green Broke
You can probably buy a well bred broke horse for less than $1000. I'm not sure about where you are from but I know here I can go tonight and pick one up for extremely cheap. I'd look in your area and do some comparison shopping.

One thing I'd do is not tell anyone about ALL of his issues until they've come to look at the horse. If he's pretty enough someone will be more willing to overlook some things once they've actually seen the horse and he is real to them.
    01-04-2011, 03:48 PM
Ive compared him to horses of his breed in my area and he is pretty dead on and with me saying that the price could go down I thought I would be ok..maybe im not.

Very good idea on not telling all the problems right off the bat...ill try that...thanks SUJ
    01-04-2011, 03:55 PM
Green Broke
No problem. If he is the horse in your avatar he is a pretty horse. Have tried working through his issues to help sell him?
    01-04-2011, 03:59 PM
Ya that's him in my avatar. Thanks :)

I've tried working with him myself and it ended up with me being bucked off and having a few cracked ribs and hip. Im no horse trainer and that's exactly what he needs. He is booked in with a trainer for March but I decided to sell him and buy a finished horse instead of putting a bunch of money into a horse that might not be able to do what I want to do (penning/sorting)
    01-04-2011, 04:05 PM
I applaud you for being extremely honest. When you talk about his issues don't go on and on about them. Say what they are, be honest, but if you can end on a positive note like: He's going to be a very nice horse one day. I just don't have the resources to handle him.
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    01-04-2011, 04:08 PM
Thanks Lyric

That's what I've been trying to do. It doesnt help that I have a horse on hold with the trainer I work for so there is some what of a rush that I sell Dan.
    01-04-2011, 04:13 PM
If his issues are that bad, is it possible to just give him to a reputable trainer in the area?

That way, he's off your expenses, and they'll have a nice horse once he's retrained properly.
    01-04-2011, 04:21 PM
Ive thought about that to SR...I just havnt got enough nerve yet to go start asking people if they want to take my problem child of a horse off my hands but it is a good idea.
    01-04-2011, 04:23 PM
I know a trainer who did just that; took a wild child and turned him into a good equine citizen.

She's happy, her lesson children are happy, the previous owner is happy, and the horse is happy. It was a win-win for everyone!

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