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    08-04-2011, 10:44 AM
Exclamation Please help me sell my Hanoverian before college!!

I am in a bad predicament because I only have a few weeks left to sell my beautiful chestnut Hanoverian before going to college. I can't afford to keep him any longer and I'm so afraid that I will have to end up putting him down because of it. He is 13 yrs old, 17.1 hands, has beautiful confirmation (sire is Weltmeyer) does hunter and lower level dressage, trails and English pleasure. Not a jumper. Has the sweetest temperament and amazing personality - very quiet, no vices. Located in Delray Beach, Florida. If anyone knows of someone who might be interested in leasing or buying Westin, please let me know!

Thanks so much,

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    08-04-2011, 11:05 AM
First, get some good action as well as still shots of him.

Next, post him for sale on sites like DreamHorse, HorseClicks (free), EquineNow, etc. If you have a firm price, say that in the ad. If you're open to negotiation, state as much.

List his accomplishments, abilities, vices, health issues, etc. Being completely honest is your best bet, as people don't like it when sellers aren't truthful.

You have to remember that this is a buyer's market, and a horse with limitations isn't going to be worth as much as one who's physically able to do whatever his owner wishes. You may need to take a hit on his price in order to find the best owner for him.

This is your horse and it's up to you to make sure you give him the best chance at finding the right home. You probably should have started advertising him as soon as you knew you were accepted to college. Good luck.
    08-04-2011, 11:19 AM
And leave the drama out of the ad.

Stating that if he does not sell you will put him down or ship him to an auction tends to get real buyers more turned off than interested.
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    08-04-2011, 11:23 AM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Stating that if he does not sell you will put him down or ship him to an auction tends to get real buyers more turned off than interested.
Exactly. Even if I were in the market for a Hanoverian, I'd pass by any ad that stated the horse, 'will have to be euthed or taken to auction if he doesn't sell'.

Emotional blackmail always makes me cranky.
    08-04-2011, 11:27 AM
You've been given great advice so far.

Also make sure you use language appropriate to the discipline you're marketing him for - I am not sure what "does hunter" means in conjunction with "not a jumper." I'm also not sure what "English pleasure" is in this context - I know what English Pleasure is in a breed show; but I can't think of what a warmblood would show in that's called English Pleasure.

If I saw language like that in a sale ad, I'd probably avoid the ad.

If he can only be ridden on the flat, say so and say why.

If you say he does lower level dressage, be prepared to post test scores.
    08-04-2011, 12:06 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Emotional blackmail always makes me cranky.
I don't know why I found this hilarious.

Proper spelling, grammar and punctuation is always a good thing in an ad as well. It might be just me, but if I can only vaguely understand the ad, or the seller sounds like a 16 year old girl, I am more prone to skipping it.

I like ads that give you lots of information about the horse, but leave out the useless personalized information.
    08-05-2011, 03:24 PM
Thanks guys, I'm trying really hard. Here's his Horseclicks link!

German Hanoverian 12yo chestnut gelding BEAUTIFUL! - Westin
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    08-05-2011, 03:37 PM

There isn't a conformation shot.

You describe him a good mover, but the photo does not show good movement.

You don't explain why he doesn't jump.

You have "English Pleasure" and "Country English Pleasure" selected under discipline, but those are breed show and gaited disciplines, not sport horse disciplines.

"blue ribbons in many equitation and jumping classes" doesn't make sense - the *rider* wins the ribbon in eq; and do you mean jumper classes or hunter classes? Where they rated shows and can a potential buyer look up his record with USEF?

Honestly, he's a lovely horse, but your ad is confusing and misleading. Even in the high rent district around Wellington, you haven't made any sort of case that this is a $20,000. Horse.

If you need to sell this guy, I strongly suggest you get a professional to represent him, or at the very least, an experienced horse person to take photos and write your ad.
    08-05-2011, 03:41 PM
Green Broke
Great post, Maura. Exactly what I was thinking.
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    08-05-2011, 03:43 PM
To add to Maura's great list:

Photos were you are riding in flip flops are not what you should post when you are trying sell a horse you have priced like that.

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