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post #1 of 7 Old 05-10-2013, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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How much detail regarding horse for sale?

Do you reveal everything when talking to a potential buyer? For instance, my horse occasionally trips on the trail because he does not pick up his feet (working on this). When I told a caller that he can be trippy, she decided not to even come see him. Said he would not be smooth. He is smooth (TW). Should you let the buyer try the horse out and then comment on its faults? I am honest to the point where I can scare someone away! I want to disclose problems so that people are not disappointed later but maybe I emphasize the wrong things. By the way this an 800.00 horse who is otherwise fine!
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-10-2013, 09:56 PM
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I think the goal is to get them to call about your add- while theyre on the phone you get them to come out- when theyre out you let them ride the horse and see if they like him.

I wouldnt point out his faults too much. Every horse trips sometimes. If you emphasize on him trippin makes me think there is somethin neurology wrong, arthritis, over grown hooves, etcetera.. problems basically.

Id let them ride the horse then ask them what they think.
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List everything you know. It may reduce call volume but the interest you so get is likely to be serious about buying. Ticks me off when I waste my time even calling about a horse to find out its crippled or something.
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Say everything in the ad, so much so that you have nothing further to say on the phone. People who call are really interested.

No point in having someone come out and waste your time when they are not interested.
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I'd say the more information the better for an ad but with consideration. Like someone said, I don't think it's necessary to me too that he trips unless there's something else wrong with him that is causing it.

I'm looking for a horse right now and skip the ads that are vauge. There are so many out there that DDon't tell me much of anything and I don't want to waste my time calling

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Say everything in the ad, so much so that you have nothing further to say on the phone. People who call are really interested.

No point in having someone come out and waste your time when they are not interested.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-21-2013, 11:38 AM
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First, THIS thread's 1st post is a good ad.
APHA mare for sale. Abilene,KS.
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...(M)y horse occasionally trips on the trail because he does not pick up his feet (working on this).
Common problem, but telling the buyer suggests lameness. DON'T put this in your ad.
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He is smooth (TW)!
YES, they are!! Anything else that describes how nice it is to ride/handle/trailer him should be in the ad.
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Should you let the buyer try the horse out and then comment on its faults?
Buyers are looking to get you to drop the price on a horse they are interested in. They will find faults and try to pay less. Bite your tongue if the buyer is serious and you are getting close to closing a deal. ALSO, ASK FOR A CASHIER'S CHECK AT THE CLOSE OF A SALE, SO YOU WILL GET YOUR MONEY!! I had to use that to buy my 7yo KMH gelding from the breeder and I admire them for that.
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I want to disclose problems so that people are not disappointed later but maybe I emphasize the wrong things. By the way this an 800.00 horse who is otherwise fine!
We live in a FB, "air all of your dirty laundry" age, and in my current job, as a Notary Signing Agent for refi's, etc., I drive to people's homes and they tell me WAY more TMI than I ask to hear!!
GOOD ads are short and to the point. We ALL, as horsepeople, end up telling everybody about our horse's faults. Nobody here has noticed that my 7yo QH, "Buster Brown" (non-reg. QH) had an injury that took 1/4 inch from his left top eyelid. Otherwise he has the most perfect QH conformation I have seen. Good tv and radio commercials emphasize the positives of their products and DON'T talk about the negatives. If he is as you say, somebody is going to buy a very nice horse. Let them think they are priveleged to come look at him. Thank them when they leave, even if they pick him apart. Do NOT pick apart the riding of a potential buyer. I had that happen to me bc the women, after her horses showed off very bad behavior, blamed ME for not holding her split reins correctly! That threw cold water on the sale. The sale process will wear you out! After you post online, see if you can print and post any sale flyers at any local stables, too. Sorry to see a good horse like this for sale, and I cannot afford another one right now!

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I am all for being honest and open about a horse.. so what if you get more calls because you are essentially ommiting info that the potential buyer is going to eventually find out about anyways- It is so much less frustrating and time wasting to get it out in the open, and get the calls from those that can look past the issues..
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