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post #1 of 21 Old 08-30-2011, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Selling My Horses, Justed Wanted Your Thoughts.

I have decided to sell both Whisper and Persia, for pretty much the same reason. They are both too green for me. Persia seriously bucked off her trainer on Saturday. There was no way in hell for her to get it under control, that's how bad it was. Even though that is the first time she has done anything like that, or even bucked at all with someone on her back, I just can't see myself being comfortable with her. Not with my level of experience.

I was originally only going to sell Whisper due partially to the fact that she only had 30 days put on her. Persia having 60 days, I thought, would have made her more managable. Her trainer got thrown and landed flat on her back. That's all I needed to hear. I don't think I'll be able to keep my nerves under control enough to ride her.

I'm at a place in my life right now where I would much rather just get on and go for a ride or start doing what I really want to do, which is barrel racing. I need a horse that can be that for me.

So this is what I'm trying to do, I'm selling Whisper for $1000 as a 3yr old, green broke with 30 days, registered half arab. I've given myself a little room to come down on the price some. She has no major issues and is actually very good under saddle, just not what I'm wanting for myself right now.

Persia is being sold for $800 as a 6yr old, green broke with 60 days, percheron/qh who cribs. Also given myself a little room to come down on the price.

I have also been listing them together as a 2 for 1 trade if anyone has something that would work for me.

So I was just wanting to know what anyone thought of my prices. I also wanted to know what anyone thought about the fact that Persia cribs, and how hard it might be to sell her just because of that fact. Any and all thoughts or advice is appreciated, thanks.
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post #2 of 21 Old 08-30-2011, 01:22 AM
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I don't have any experience with selling horses, but I know that in general, if you price things too low, and say you have "wiggle room" too, then people begin to wonder why you are so desperate to sell.

Get someone else who does not know the horse so well to help you remember and focus on the best parts that they have to offer. I is good of you to be honest, especailly about the cribbing. I think it might not be as much of an issue to someone who will pasture board the horse. Isn't it mostliy in stalls that they crib? or am I wrong on that.

Anyway, my point was to take care to not underprice from the start 'cause it makes people suspicious.
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post #3 of 21 Old 08-30-2011, 02:32 AM
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I honestly don't think you would get close to those prices. I realize this differs depending on location, but you don't list yours.

With your descriptions, I would think that you might get in the $600 range for Whisper. You would be lucky to get anything for Persia, a green broke cribber with a bucking problem - I would struggle to give her away for free here.
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-30-2011, 03:25 AM
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I agree with Alex. I would not be interested in either of those horses, unless they had stunning conformation an exhibited a high degree of potential in a discipline I was interested in. I think you should be far more concerned about finding good homes than good prices, with horses like those, and I'd start by word of mouth through trainer's and BO's friends, for one.
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post #5 of 21 Old 08-30-2011, 03:44 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
Isn't it mostliy in stalls that they crib? or am I wrong on that.

I don't have anything to add about the horses your selling but good luck. ^^ To the quote though, to my knowledge they will do it out in the paddock too if they are bad enough. Alone anyway I'm not sure if they would be less likely to do it with buddies.

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When I sold Spyders, I post her at $250 or possibly $50 to the right home. She had many issues which I was very up front about. So several people came out to see her. Some offered the full amount but had broodmare in their eyes, she isn't papered, so the family I went with got her for $50. But they went home, spent 2 weeks changing their set up for her, & spent a lot of money doing it. I am FB friends with them, & have talked with them a couple of times. She is doing great at her new home & I don't regret the $50 price in the least! Sometimes you have to take a serious loss.... it hurts but its for the best! Yes I have an auction close by & had an offer to trailer her there but it wasn't about the money.... good luck!
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post #7 of 21 Old 08-30-2011, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
I think it might not be as much of an issue to someone who will pasture board the horse. Isn't it mostliy in stalls that they crib? or am I wrong on that.
Um no.

Do some horses crib less if kept on pasture? Sure.

But there are a boat load of pasture kept horses who still find a surface to crib on.

I would not want a cribber in my pasture. I would have to find a way to protect all that fencing from getting cribbing marks on it. Sounds very expensive.

I have to agree with Alex and company on the pricing.
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I tend to agree on pricing as well, unfortunately in this market I think you may be hard pressed to get what you'd like out of them.

To the cribbing in pasture question, yes there are most definitely horses that crib in the pasture. I have one. She's an absolute doll minus that. Tried every collar on the market (aside from a shock collar, not willing to do so) and none stopped her. She picked up the habit as a young mare that was hauled & shown a lot and stalled for long weekends. She will literally get a bite, suck on a post, repeat. She has a favorite spot, so I treat the rest and let her destroy just that one. If I treat it she just tries them all. Cheaper that way. I love her to death but she will be the last one I will ever own that cribs!
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post #9 of 21 Old 08-30-2011, 10:40 AM
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There is a horse in my BO's pasture who cribs on little sawed off branch remnants on the trees! I was stunned the first time I saw it. He's very dedicated to his cribbing. Where there's a will there's a way, I suppose.
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post #10 of 21 Old 08-30-2011, 11:27 AM
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I have gotten two registered appy mares in the past for free...just saying..One is a little older (15) but a super solid trail horse with nothing wrong. My trainer just told me the other day that If I was interested in selling he could easily get $1500 in our area for her...The other is only 8, is beautiful enough to show according to my trainer and is super trainable although not yet broke. My trainer is absolutely head over heels for her and offered me $1000 for her after working with her for 4 hours. And thats an unproven mare with no skills other then leading and picking up her feet (poorly I might add lol)

I would think that you would struggle to give your cribber away to a good home. Especially if she is a bucker as well.
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