Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I think he is worth at least $1000...the problem is that I believe your in your location the market is pretty low. The other problem is that he is a breeding stock paint...I hate that this is the case, but choosing between a breeding stock and a colored paint, I believe many are more interested in a colored paint...not to mention the fact that even though he carries the gene, it does him no good (gelding)...that is not to say that I don't find him georgeous. If I were a prospective APHA buyer, I would pass him up because of that...you may be running into that with others.
I know you have discussed this on other threads, but, I can't believe you want to sell him in the first place. He is the perfect age for you go begin building a strong bond with him. Also, you have no way of knowing if he will not be able to grow with you and your competitive abilities at this point...he will not realize his talents for a while yet :) what a great project he can be. He is beautiful.
I believe if he is 14hh as a yealing, he will mature above pony size with good nutrition. I would focus your training on reinforcing his ground manners, exposing him to things, taking him over and around obstacles in hand (such as in hand trail class), taking him to new places, etc. The more of this you do while trying to sell the better. If he has not sold by show season, keep him for sale, but in the mean time, don't stop training him...take him into halter classes and in hand trail...this will only add to his value..you can list how he placed.
Personally, I would remove all pictures of him with the saddle on. Ad a picture of him ground driving, ad conformation shots, and ad a link to a video of him moving at all three gaits and showing off some of his ground manners. I would remove all text about having backed him or him being saddle broke, etc. I know that sounds a little decietful, but you honestly have probably not done much damage if you truely have only gotten on him a little as you say...it is just a MAJOR turn off when looking at him. I would also reccommend that you stay off of him for now. I would say the light amound of backing (10-15 mins. at walk) would be more appropriate with him as a two year old, and then starting real training as a three year old.
Please do not take offense to anything that I have said...I really do wish you luck in selling him, and hope you were able to find some of my advice useful :)