URGENT:prospective buyer visit tommorrow - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 03-24-2012, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Brisbane
Posts: 67
• Horses: 1
Question URGENT:prospective buyer visit tommorrow

Hi guys - Just wondering if you could give me some advice surrounding my gelding and his sale. What do I talk to the buyers about ....and how do i go about selling this gelding to them in the best possible light ?

I have had him up for sale and had given my self a time limit on him being sold if he wasnt sold within a certain time he would be shipped to a place in central qld to be trained and then bought back to me to sell. I was not expecting him to be of interest straight away and am unprepared. Help!!!!!

His is apart of you, he is your horse.

CQTAN is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 15 Old 03-24-2012, 07:06 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 110
• Horses: 0
Be accurate, honest and fair.
Patriot is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 03-24-2012, 08:43 AM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 214
• Horses: 0
When I was looking at horses, I really liked the owners that were very forthright and honest with me. Good and bad. Then they rode the horse, went over any questions I had and then I rode the horse. If your horse has any quirks or does anything a bit different let them know before they ride. If you like them, tell them to go home and think about it and invite them to come see him again in the next day or two.

He knows when you are happy. He knows when you are proud. He also knows when you have a carrot.
Mellow Mel is offline  
post #4 of 15 Old 03-24-2012, 09:20 AM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: nj
Posts: 2,289
• Horses: 0
be honest!!! thats the key. let them know the real reasons you are selling , any bad habits or quirks, the things he is good at, if you are scared to ride him for the prospective buyers find someone who can ride him/handle him to show him off properly.
otherwise just be personable and you should be fine.
kait18 is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 03-24-2012, 11:05 AM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Blowy Hills of the Pacific NW
Posts: 1,318
• Horses: 1
I'm currently looking for a horse, and what I really respects as a buyer is honesty. I've been dealing with some not so honest sellers, or people who don't tell me there's an issue until I get there (one of which was 2 hours away from me.) I wasn't happy with the things that I found with these horses, but the fact that the owners were dishonest had me making my decision to move on very quickly.

Best of luck selling your horse!!

My journal of my re-entry back to the horse world http://shelooksgoodonahorse.blogspot.com/
With Grace is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 03-24-2012, 11:14 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 2,964
• Horses: 3
if you were honest in the add, I think the biggest thing is, as was said, be completely honest, but focus on the good. I was at a sellers who was really honest, but focused on the negitive traits. I had the ability to fix the things he was so negitive about, and i really liked the look of the horse and the price was right, so i bought her. He focused on how hard she was to catch, but the first time I went to catch her she ran up to me and put her head in the halter. His way off selling would have turned many buyers off unnessessarily.

Be honest but possitive, with the goal of finding a home where both your horse and the new owners are happy.
BlueSpark is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 03-24-2012, 11:45 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1,386
• Horses: 1
I agree. As a buyer, more than seller, I want to know both the good and the bad. It also helps to know what the seller's needs are - in other words, why the horse isn't suitable for the seller. Maybe not a good potential for jumping, for instance, or just needs to thin the herd. Then, I would want to know why this one made the cut to be sold and not another in the herd.

We recently shopped for a pony - we walked away from an awesome pony where he had recently been shod with a shifty story. We felt there was probably something we weren't being told and walked away from what may have been a perfect pony for us.

The one we ended up buying was hard for the owner to catch, and they didn't 'click.' She was really focused on that, and I felt like there must have been some other reason why he was for sale. However, other than the fact that he has to be kept up on a dry lot, I never figured out what it was. I think I ended up with a great pony. I personally am good at teaching horses to be caught and on our first day home that pony turned into a pocket pony. So far, he's perfect for us, but if she hadn't been totally forthcoming about what she didn't like, I would have assumed that there was something else wrong.
Ladytrails is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old 03-24-2012, 12:08 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 2,964
• Horses: 3
A good example would be my horse I just sold. I could have said she was extremely spooky, Which would have been honest, but negitive.

instead I marketed her as needed a faster paced job(she stopped spooking when she was doing a fast trot+) and being quick on her feet and attentive to her surroundings, which was also honest. When the buyers came out I explained how she spooks, I rode her and then the buyer rode her. They got to see how she spooks, and also that she was attentive to her rider and didn't go crazy. The spooking doesnt faze them and she gets to start a new career as a games horse.
Ladytrails likes this.
BlueSpark is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 03-24-2012, 12:13 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1,386
• Horses: 1
BlueSPark, exactly! What is spooky for me might be 'high strung' and 'energetic' to another! I also found that there is no 'standard' for what is broke, green broke, finished, etc. It's best to say what the horse has been doing or exposed to, and let the buyer decide what level of 'trained' that means to them.
Ladytrails is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 03-24-2012, 01:11 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1,264
• Horses: 2
As other had said, honesty here is the best policy. If the horse isn't at a level for a beginner or intermediate rider, let them know if they bring an 8 yr old just learning to ride. Be honest about "heat" level. This won't necesarily turn off a buyer if they are comfortable handling energy but it is irresponsible to make a horse seem more placid than they actually are.

AS also indicated, ride the horse before the prospective buyer. THis gives them a chance to see the ground movement and gaits prior to getting on..it helps YOU determine if the horse is safet o ride. For example, I went to see a fantastic dressage and hunter prospect. THe seller got on the horse and he was great on the flat...I was all ready to get on when the barn manager (also the sellikng agent) had the rider jump him for me. THis horse had been advertised as push button over fences. THe rider trotted hinm over a crossrail and when he landed, he took one stride, planted his feet and bucked off the rider. After remounting the horse refused two more jumps and dumped the rider a second tiume. At that point, the barn manager wouldn't let anyone get on him until they made a determination as to what was going on. I noticed they had dropped his price by a quarter the day after I saw him and three months later he still hasn't sold.
tlkng1 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Prospective Buy - what do you think? Quixotic Horse Riding Critique 16 05-18-2011 04:24 PM
My baby boy is getting gelded tommorrow any advice? cloudkisser Horse Health 15 01-27-2011 09:42 PM
Meeting the Prospective Buyer rocky pony Horse Talk 4 05-09-2010 12:25 AM
Prospective purchase AKPaintLover Horse Riding Critique 18 03-17-2009 01:39 AM
My Prospective Buy... Mandz Horse Riding Critique 2 10-19-2007 07:44 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome