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post #1 of 6 Old 07-01-2011, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Tips on selling a horse

It really pains me to type this. I don't want to sell my horse at all, but I am going away to college (Truman State University) in less than two months and the fact is, if I can't figure out what to do with my horse, I'm going to have to find a home for her. I still feel like I have some hope, I'm checking out boarding stables nearby seeing if I can get a job to keep paying her fees. I also have a friend who knows someone who lives up near Kirksville and I'm waiting to hear back from them. However, my parents are really pushing the whole "sell her" thing, and so, just in case, I have come to you all for help.
If you check out Sienna's profile, you'll see that she hasn't exactly had the best background. She wasn't started as a baby and was treated badly for years, which gave her some bad habits. I also know nothing about her parentage; she's most likely a mix of quarter horse and morgan. Some people think she has arab but I don't really know. She has a few scars on her; you can tell she's been cut pretty badly on her front leg and on one of her hocks at some point in her life. The injuries don't seem to hinder her, though.
She's been my project horse for almost a year now (she was given to me). People at my boarding stables don't believe that it's the same horse. She has such a willing attitude to learn, and she's just fine with not being the dominant one in the relationship. She wants to do the right thing and is EXTREMELY smart and quick in figuring out what that is. She is more of an energetic horse, which is fine as long as there's an experienced rider on her. She's never reared or bucked.
She loves trail riding a lot; she has the heart of an explorer. She has no problem trying new things. She collects up very well at the walk and the trot (the lope is her not-so-great aspect, we're still working on that). She has a great stop on her and can rollback well. She'll open gates, go over poles, etc.
I've never sold a horse before. My question is this: how do I take a horse like the one I described above, my project horse, and find a good home for her? Is this even possible? I need something like: "WANTED: cute horse with unknown lineage for a patient, very experienced rider looking for a project horse. Not interested in breed shows or conformation. Just a horse to take care of and love on."
I know the economy's awful right now and people don't want to buy un unfinished horse that was started late when they can get a finished one for pretty cheap. I'm not interested getting a lot of money, I just want her to have a good home.
I really don't want to have to do this

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-01-2011, 01:02 PM
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What are you marketing her as? A trail horse? A project? You must find your market and try to appeal to it. In any given market, people are looking for horses. You have show her as the horse they want.

Pictures are also an attention getter. Put up lots of good pictures and video.

Look on the web and find horses similar to her. Look at their pricing, the way their ads are constructed, etc. Look at sold horses like her and compare. What factors made them "wanted"? What factors made the ad appealing?
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-01-2011, 09:00 PM
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I was also confused when you said she was a project horse. Most are not looking to buy a project horse. Could maybe you share her with someone near school?
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-01-2011, 09:09 PM
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find someone to lease her? maybe find someone at your stable who could benefit learning from her, maybe find someone at university to share the costs with you? Go around to the advanced lesson stables and see if anyone is looking for a lesson horse that they could lease. Maybe you could let them use her as a lesson horse and in return you don't pay board. Even if the stable is far away, you can pick her up when you're done with university, etc.

If not, maybe market her as slightly green, with potential in whichever direction she has potential in. It sounds better than "project horse." Describe her good points, but also be candid and don't lie about her bad ones, but don't write a five-page story either. Pictures are very helpful, most people don't look at the non-picture ones. I don't know your horse well, so it's hard to tell you what to put in an ad. Mostly basics are included, if she ties, stands, washes, water, clips, loads etc. And then people normally elaborate on what the horse can do, eng., western etc. Maybe you've been to a show? Maybe the horse loves trails? Maybe you can do a Spanish walk, who knows... whatever your horse can do, describe it. you could also put in the ad that you'd like to lease her out. You can also only do a lease ad.

Hopefully you don't have to sell your horse, but if you do, good luck!
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-01-2011, 09:49 PM
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Project horse - that seems to be a catchy phrase. Are you getting it ready for a science project at school. Lol. Seriously, all horses that aren't living in the wild are always in training, good, bad or otherwise. There are empty nesters that are taking up a long time dream of horse ownership and many want just a good sane, safe trail horse that is fine with others.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-01-2011, 10:57 PM
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Go right now to stables near your university and spread the word you are looking to lease your horse or even maybe part lease (would ease the boarding costs for you, split the board, etc).
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