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    04-10-2010, 06:29 PM
Selling Tips

(First paragraph is only for those familiar with my horse and me and who may be curious to know the situation that leads to my selling him. That paragraph can be ignored if wanted.)
I've finally decided it's time for me to sell Kainne..I've realized he's just not the right horse for me to have right now, mainly for financial reasons because he is a bit higher maintenance (he needs shoes and has to be stalled and is a hard keeper and needs all sorts of supplements and such) and because I was planning to learn dressage on him and hoping that by now after a year of owning him I would be well settled with him but a lot of health issues put that off and now I'm about to be really busy working to save up to move out and such and think it may be best for me to have a really low mainenance little QH or something similar that I would be more familiar with (I've ridden western my whole life) and could just hop on and ride around and fun with and all, and Kainne could go to someone who wants to show in jumping since he already has experience there.

So I've got him advertised in a few places online..I'm wondering if anyone has any extra tips? I have him listed on Dream Horse, Horsetopia, Equine Now, Craigslist, and Bay Area Equestrian Network. Only paying for the Dream Horse ad for now, my mother would rather I only paid for more features on the other websites and such after awhile if we have trouble selling him.
Here is his Dream Horse ad: Horse ID: 1538635 - Kainne

Is there anything obvious that I should revise, remove, or reword there? Or any tips in general for selling?

Thanks for any and all advice
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    04-11-2010, 02:26 AM
The bit about "must be shod in the front", would be a red flag for me when reading your ad. Is there a medical reason, such a navicular, that he needs the fronts? Or is it just that his feet are not naturallystrong enough - being that TBs sometimes have trouble being barefoot. I'd probably leave that part out and when someone sees him, they'll figure out he has front shoes and back bare.

Good luck.

    04-11-2010, 02:40 AM
He has pretty screwed up front feet from a history of founder mixed with the naturally not so good TB feet..I tried everything in the world to get him barefoot (even with boots constantly on) and there is definitely no way it will ever work for him. Does that count and should I still remove it and just tell people if they are interested in him?
Thanks for the thought =)
    04-11-2010, 05:09 AM
I'd leave the part about his feet in, it makes you sound upfront and honest. But as another member pointed out it can be a red flag. The biggest red flag for me is the 'perfect' horse for sale, lol (ads in general not yours). The biggest selling tip I could recommend would be photos. I'd have left his tail unbraided and have taken the photo so the sun shone better over his body as opposed to creating shadows. I would've also had him in a bridle and undersaddle (my preference) versus just a halter and him standing square.

Good luck finding him a home and locating your next horse!
    04-11-2010, 12:52 PM
Thanks for the thoughts =)
I have been using this picture of him instead on other websites, does it seem better?

I put the one that's up online before taking this new picture because I thought I would be able to replace it when I got a better one, but then I found out that Dream Horse won't let me replace the picture I posted there without paying them a bunch more money..unless I wait until the ad expires and it will be discounted. That I was pretty annoyed at, but oh well I suppose..

I was thinking in places where I was only allowed one photo it would be good to have more of a conformation type shot so people could really see his build properly..I also made the photobucket linked there for additional photos. Should I also take another one of him standing saddled? And is it okay that I no longer have the proper saddle for the discipline he's best suited to?

Thanks so much for the thoughts =)
    04-11-2010, 01:08 PM
Second photo is better.

Better still would be newly bathed, shiny, in a bridle with someone standing him up correctly. Photos under saddle and over a small fence would be helpful as well.
    04-11-2010, 01:57 PM
There in the second photo I'd just scrubbed the hell out of him and slathered him with show person he looked excellent but for some reason that didn't come across in the photos..which was very frustrating because I spent hours on that, haha. I blame that camera, mine died at the very last I may have to try even again and definitely use a bridle and ask for a helper...that is, once the sun finds its way back out.

I don't really know what is meant by standing correctly..I thought he just had to be standing on level ground with all legs visible could that be further explained?

And definitely working on getting a picture of him being jumped..personally I am not able to jump and there aren't really any jumping people around my stable..I've been asking around to see if anyone knows anybody I could get for that but so far no luck but I will definitely continue to look.

Thanks for more thoughts
    04-11-2010, 03:01 PM
I would definitely keep trying to find someone to jump him so you can add those photos. You need to distinguish him, and show why he is worth more than all those other thoroughbreds out there. If you're lucky, you'll find someone who can provide their own jumping saddle, so you'll have the right one on for the pictures.
    04-14-2010, 08:51 PM
I now remember a friend at the barn used to be a jumping instructor and may be able to ride or know of someone who would come out and ride for I've just got to wait to run into her so I can ask her. Fingers are crossed!

Any other suggestions?
    04-14-2010, 09:04 PM
That's good if the instructor can take her over a small fence or recommend a decent rider. Remember though, if the photos come back and she's not showing good form, or the rider isn't, I'd suggest leaving the jumping photo out.

The second photo is much better. But if she's in a nice bridle and under saddle (saddle should only suit the discipline she's suited for - or else it would look funny) it will definitely stand out more than the current photo. Also do you have a place on your property with spring flowers blossoming? A bit of colour in the photo would be more eye catching.

Good luck!

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