12-02-2008, 03:29 PM
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I'm coming from the AQHA world, so I may be off for the Arab world ...
The market is in terrible shape right now (at least for Quarter Horses). What's selling are the halter horses that have points themselves, a top-quality pedigree, and if they're old enough to have 'kids', those kids need to be in the show ring racking up points themselves. If she's too young to have foals on the ground and showing, then be sure her points are recent so that any buyer can easily imagine hauling her immediately to a show and doing well. At our recent World AQHA Show sale, halter mares that were of breeding age, with a great pedigree, were selling for less than $1,000 if their points were not recent or if their babies had no accumulated points in the show ring (showing she's a producer of show babies). Some mares were selling for in the low $2,000's if they were in foal to a world champion. That's pretty depressing news though, isn't it? Hopefully for your sake, the Arab market is stronger than ours is right now.
If she's bred for specific performance events, you may have to get her trained so that she's ready for the ring, but that'll cost you a lot of time and money, unfortunately. What doesn't seem to be selling now are 'prospects' (great bred horses that haven't been in the show ring where they were tested and successfully picked up some points).
We've got a couple of horses that are situated much as yours is and we're waiting the market out now. We'll get some points on them and sell them when the points are still fresh to avoid the depressed "prospect" market.
I don't know if I helped at all, but that's what's going on in the Quarter Horse world. Good luck with selling your mare.
All I can suggest in the meantime, is to connect with some reputable local trainers, and let them know she's for sale -- and then be willing to take a lower price than normal and give the trainer a decent sales commission. That's the easiest way for us to get horses moved if we aren't getting bites otherwise.
Good luck to you. :)