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post #1 of 10 Old 04-25-2012, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Can you help me write a sale ad for Bliss?

I know, I had planned to keep her and lease her out, but circumstances have changed and I no longer have the funds (nor the time) to keep her. I'm afraid selling her might be a challenge, though, since she isn't trained much in any specific discipline, she's had several months off work, and I don't have many pictures/video from when she WAS being worked.

So here's a picture of the pretty girl! This was MY test ride on her last August.

And here's her months later.

No she's not pregnant.

She's 15.2hh, 9 years old, and I'm not entirely sure of her breeding. I was told from her seller that she's a Draft cross, and I'm pretty certain that she has Arab in her (if her head doesn't show it, her personality sure does!). She's trained in English but was mostly a pleasure horse before I bought her. My plan was to train her for lower level eventing.

- Wonderful personality. Never pins ears, never bites, etc.
- Good on trails if in a group
- Very smart
- Sensitive to aids
- Very forward
- Gets her leads
- Easy keeper
- Current on vaccinations and no health problems
- Goes barefoot, no issues with lameness
- Bathes, loads, good for farrier
- Started training in dressage and was doing well until I stopped working her

- Needs a confident experienced rider. She can be nervous/spooky with a timid rider (which, sadly I am.)
- Her nervousness is her biggest issue, although I'm sure it's worse with me because I didn't know how to handle it. She gets high strung when it's cold or windy; in the winter, I didn't even feel comfortable leading her. I stopped leading her to the barn from her field because whenever we passed the gelding fields, they would crowd the fence and make her prancy and jumpy. I know, I'm awful >.<
- She had a problem with getting caught when I got her, but she doesn't anymore.
- She will stand tied, but she gets nervous if you leave her for too long.
- She's somewhat trained in jumping; I didn't jump her very much and the highest we've gone I think was 21 inches. Also, she's nervous with new jumps.
- Needs sunscreen on her nose. Wasn't sure if it was worth mentioning haha.

I'm not sure how to price her, either, considering her current state. I might be able to reduce my hours at work for a few weeks to get her training back under way, if you guys think that might help.

Bah. X[ Overall, what do you all think?

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-25-2012, 02:54 PM
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She definitely looks to have Belgian in her. Very pretty. Good luck selling her.

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post #3 of 10 Old 04-26-2012, 05:15 AM
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She sounds like a great project. That's worth mentioning.

I'm not sure about her price.. maybe see what your vet/farrier think of her. Maybe list her for OBO or MAO (or best offer, make an offer)

I think she just needs miles.

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post #4 of 10 Old 04-26-2012, 04:56 PM
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Where are you located? That can play a huge part in pricing a lot of times. For example, if I were interested in her, I probably wouldn't pay more than $1000. However apparently Maryland is one of the most expensive horse states. I've heard people on here saying they bought perfectly healthy, well-broke horses for 500 or 600.

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post #5 of 10 Old 04-26-2012, 05:12 PM
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OP make sure that you get good conformation pictures of her standing square as well.

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So are you wanting us to actually help you form an Ad, or just a price?

I was always told to play 'sandwich' with Ads or critique. Be completely truthful but start with good attributes, note any quirks or cons, and end with a few more good attributes. It makes the ad look nice to look at and flow well.

Something like this:

Selling Bliss, a 15.2hh chestnut draft-cross (I would leave out your guess of arabian since it is unneeded and makes the ad look messy). Bliss is nine years old and is up to date on all of her vaccinations and farrier work. She has worn shoes previously but is now barefoot and 100% sound.

Bliss is a kind soul and has been trained in the english discipline mostly as a pleasure horse, although she did have limited dressage training for a short time. She hacks out if in a group, knows her leads, is very soft to aids, and has no known vices. Bliss is the kind of horse who takes their confidence from their rider, so I am asking for only experienced, brave riders to inquire about her. She has been known to spook and can be nervous when presented with new scenarios.

Bliss is unfortunately a bit out of shape due to her owner not having the time to ride her consistently, but she is very willing to work and will make a wonderful all-around mount for the right person! I am selling Bliss for $____ (OBO or firm, your choice.) Contact me at --- --- ----.

I also second Sky's suggestion to square her up. It's always very annoying to have a picture on a sales ad that doesn't show their whole body or that is at a weird angle with their legs splayed out like a girraffe.

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Endiku that is so helpful, thank you!

And thanks everyone else! I'll get a square conformation shot definitely soon. I normally don't have anyone come out to the barn with me to see her, so I'll have to drag my mother out there to take a picture while I hold her.

I'm thinking about asking $800 OBO, although I feel she's worth more than that (not biased at all haha). I am in Kentucky by the way. What do you think?
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-27-2012, 12:06 AM
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Originally Posted by hillree View Post
I'm thinking about asking $800 OBO, although I feel she's worth more than that (not biased at all haha). I am in Kentucky by the way. What do you think?
You can always bring the price down. I'd start somewhere higher since she has had training and isn't completely green.

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@hillree this is what I think.......
I think you should move to Texas and I come see her lol
I agree I would make the price higher and leave room for negotiation or make the price firm for sure.
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I would say she's probably a draft/arab warmblood cross, or maybe a TB/draft. They're not uncommon when breeding for a all purpose sporthorse. I have seen Arab/Percherons, and Clyde/TBs that looked like your average lighter warmblood sport horse. I agree with CLaPorte; she looks like she has Belgian.
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