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post #1 of 14 Old 09-16-2010, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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One frikkin' hard to sell horse

The deal with the Texas people fell through (something came up, so they couldn't buy Baby). No problem, I just relist her and try again.

I got...four or five people out to look at her and ride her. Nobody likes her. One girl, in my opinion, did VERY well with her but I guess the mother didn't like her butt or something. No hits otherwise. They're either honest and say she's not for them for X, Y, Z reason, or they say 'I have to talk to my husband', or 'We'll get back to you'. Ugh.

I've tried selling her for $700 with a roping saddle, and for $600 without. At $600 I break even with what I paid for her, and what I then paid for transport which is fine by me. I never expect a profit out of my horses, to me their a labor of love, not a labor of profit. If I get what I paid for them, I'm happy as peach cobbler.

My reason for selling is because I have Divo to break to saddle and to drive. I'm also dead set on showing him next season, so I have a lot of prep work to do with him.

I also then have my little NoNamer, I don't want him to end up a pain in the rear like Red was when I got him, so I have extensive work to do with him. Water, mud, tarps, balloons, balls, bags, etc. It all has to be worked with. Depending on how he matures, I may also show him next season.

Last but not least is Loki, who again hasn't been ridden in a month or two. When I bought him as a six year old he was an awesome trail mount. Now he's a pasture decoration who's a grouch to ride. He just turned 11 a few days ago, I want him back out on the trails by the summer of 2012 by the latest. Fall of 2011 is better, but it depends on how he does.

I'm strapped for time as it is with riding and what not, Baby's a great little mare, good head, fine rider, but I need to work my priorities. There is really nothing wrong with her, but for the next few years, if she stays with me, she'll be getting rode once every two weeks. If that. It's the perfect formula to ruin a perfectly fine horse.

Who knew that trying to find a buyer for her would be such a pain in the rump. If nothing else, I'll just have to break her to drive over the winter and try again next summer. When I got her I intended on keeping her for trails and some lessons, then Divo and Nonamer came along and that all changed.

Anyone else having horse selling troubles lately?

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post #2 of 14 Old 09-16-2010, 03:56 PM
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Sometimes if they are listed for too long people think something is wrong with them.
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-16-2010, 04:18 PM
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I made a website on freewebs of Piper and she sold really quickly because of it. It included updates, pics and videos.

Ohh and I always found that people buy more in the spring than the fall. Seems a lot of people don't want to buy before winter because they ride less and still have to feed the horse.
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post #4 of 14 Old 09-16-2010, 04:39 PM
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I agree, the market dies before going into winter.
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post #5 of 14 Old 09-16-2010, 05:36 PM
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I think she's very cute. I'm pretty positive you wouldn't have problems selling her around here for the much better price...

I agree with other folks, Fall coming into Winter is the worst time to sell - people don't want to pay for hay etc.
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post #6 of 14 Old 09-16-2010, 05:36 PM
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Do you have videos of the horse? That always helps. What websites do you have her listed on? I had good luck selling my draft gelding on (I'm assuming from your avatar that this horse is a draft?)** ok, nevermind. She's not a draft!

I noticed on prices of horses... if the prices are too low, buyers stay away thinking it is a bad horse. There's a magic median somewhere in there. I had a horse priced for $1700, no one would come see him. I priced him at $1500 and people were calling me up left and right. I think alot has to do with the numbers on the website. Buyers can put in their top dollar, or a price range. At $1500 the horse probably showed up more in searches?? I dunno. Good luck selling her. I know selling a horse is stressful sometimes.

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I figure winter coming up is also a factor, and her scar. I figure when I'm on the horse, I'm not busy staring at it's butt. So long as her gait is fine, it doesn't bother me.

I had one pretty snobby lady come out :roll: Boy, she was really something.
Baby also worked very well under her, did everything she asked, but the lady had that "Oh pft. The horse Is. Not. PERFECT." air to her. Look lady, I'm asking $600 and I very clearly stated every fault she has. This isn't a Top Winning Amazing Western Horse, this is a good grade mare, who hasn't been specifically trained in any showing events, but is well trained and young. If you want The. Most. Perfect. Horse. Ever. your going to have to drop $1,200 - $5,000. Ya know?

Thinking of advertising around town at the local feed and tack shops. Might just get a hit

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post #8 of 14 Old 09-16-2010, 06:09 PM
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Where are you listing her right now?
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-16-2010, 06:48 PM
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with the econamy the way it is no one is buying. i had a colt dumped on me this summer, instead of selling i gave him away. i did not want another hay burner to take care of. altohugh i do still have part ownership of him and they take really good care of him. is there a tax criedit if you donate your horse to a theropy programe?.

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post #10 of 14 Old 09-16-2010, 06:58 PM
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I believe there is. Are they non-profit?
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