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post #11 of 24 Old 06-20-2014, 04:16 PM
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You've gotten good advice and I agree with it. An ad is merely a come on, designed to make the reader want to know more. You don't want an entire history or story in the ad because then the buyer will make their mind up right then, and generally that means they'll pass.

What I see when I read your ad is this: 9 yo OTTB with negligible training (90 days), too hot for trail and nobody at this family does anything the horse might be suited for. He's a project with lots of energy. SO! If he was priced $750 OBO for the right home, I might slow down long enough to call or e-mail about him. At $1000, nope, skip, pass, not worth it. Being honest with you, horses like him sell for $500 all day long around here from private parties. At auction $200 or thereabouts.

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post #12 of 24 Old 06-20-2014, 04:48 PM
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And that's another thing here horses like him are going for 1000-2000. So he's priced right for out here I struggled to find horses that weren't Unstarted or broken down at that price to be honest, and scored with kingston being trained nicely and not being broken down at 1200. Ao price greatly varies on where you are at, if rather price a little high with Obo then price low an get looky loos or people who have no clue.

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post #13 of 24 Old 06-20-2014, 05:08 PM
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That's another thing, the ad never says where the horse is located. I can't tell if he's 100 miles from me or 10,000, so wouldn't bother asking.
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Actually its in the title per horse forum requirements :)
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post #15 of 24 Old 06-20-2014, 11:15 PM
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As an example of the public who often peruse the Dreamhorse type ads, I can say that good photos are worth their weight in gold. if you did NOTHING else, take good photos meant to show this horse's conformation and him at his best under saddle. speak of his personality, but don't dwell on him needing an experienced rider, as that is often a euphemism for a horse that has bad behavior problems.
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post #16 of 24 Old 06-20-2014, 11:23 PM
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Southern, I don't know you from Adam's house cat, so saying part of my post is 'obnoxious' merely because you don't like how it's presented is silly.

I don't care about a horse being my BFF as long as he/she does what is asked with a pleasant temperament. Others may feel differently, but that doesn't make me wrong or obnoxious.

I have 3 horses I love dearly, one who is an ex-racer. Ex, because he was an abysmally bad racehorse. The good ones are rarely sold to the general public unless they've been injured and can no longer race.

I lost my 'heart horse' in 2007. He was an opinionated, snotty, spoiled, Arabian gelding who had been my constant companion for 21 years. Even though I loved him beyond reason, I never forgot he was a horse and expected him to act like one.

'Pocket Pony' isn't an endearment to me. All it means to me is that the animal has been allowed to become overly friendly and pushy. I freely admit when I was younger and more idealistic, I thought that was a good thing.
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post #17 of 24 Old 06-21-2014, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Southern, I don't know you from Adam's house cat, so saying part of my post is 'obnoxious' merely because you don't like how it's presented is silly.

I don't care about a horse being my BFF as long as he/she does what is asked with a pleasant temperament. Others may feel differently, but that doesn't make me wrong or obnoxious.

I have 3 horses I love dearly, one who is an ex-racer. Ex, because he was an abysmally bad racehorse. The good ones are rarely sold to the general public unless they've been injured and can no longer race.

I lost my 'heart horse' in 2007. He was an opinionated, snotty, spoiled, Arabian gelding who had been my constant companion for 21 years. Even though I loved him beyond reason, I never forgot he was a horse and expected him to act like one.

'Pocket Pony' isn't an endearment to me. All it means to me is that the animal has been allowed to become overly friendly and pushy. I freely admit when I was younger and more idealistic, I thought that was a good thing.
Im terribly about your horse. Losing one is always terrible. I realize its been awhile but its still a painful thing and im sorry. On a lighter note, "Adams house cat" made me spit out my Pepsi laughing. Love it. For the record, Caspians first (and last) race was abysmal, I think he placed last actually. We ended up with him because my great uncle (who owned an insane amount of racehorses) passed shortly after that and each family was left one. Not much of a racing career eh? Also for the sake of splitting hairs, I never said pony ;) you're probably right though, im probably over idealistic, but I doubt you're all that much older than me ;)
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^terribly sorry*
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I'll be 56 at the end of July, so I'm betting I have a few years on you.

I dearly loved that snotty, spoiled, opinionated diva, but I always knew first and foremost he preferred his own kind. Especially big, gray, Amazonian mares. He had good taste in the ladies, even if he had no clue what to do with them!
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57yo in December. My Arab, "Corporal" (1982-2009, RIP), bought as a 4yo, was tricksy and never let an open gate go un-walked through. Not exactly snotty, but probably a little spoiled bc he was so friendly and good natured.

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