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post #11 of 22 Old 01-19-2008, 10:39 PM
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If he's only a year, I'm sure he will grow quite a bit. I think starting a horse under saddle as a yearling is a little early. People start their horses to drive at a year-year and a half, and under saddle at least at two years of age (but usually older). You can do plenty of groundwork (which it sounds like you've done) with him without riding...
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post #12 of 22 Old 01-20-2008, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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You all are acting like im working him to death. Im barely on him for 15min at the very most ever. I started my pony at 1 1/2 riding and he is perfectly fine (he is now 7). Price? He is worth (In my opinion) more then what i am asking. He is an extremely well mannered pony.
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post #13 of 22 Old 01-20-2008, 03:15 PM
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try putting him in newspaper ads or put up a poster in a local tack shop.
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post #14 of 22 Old 01-20-2008, 03:27 PM
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I won't get into a big discussion about why horses shouldn't be backed this young, as in my experience people who do it never want to admit they've been damaging their horses for years. It's just that putting weight on a spine that hasn't fused yet IS damaging, no arguement, and while there can be many examples of horses that suffer no ill effects, backing too young dramatically increases the chances of them developing any number of problems, mentally as well as physically.
You say your pony is 7? If a 7 year old had a problem I'd be VERY worried, so you can't say anything about the pony right now. I want a horse that is likely to stay sound at least into its late 20s. Someone buying is going to take everything in consideration when thinking about whether they are going to get value for money.
I have a hunch that the practice of backing a lot earlier is the reason horses are considered 'old' at a much earlier age in the US, particularly western disciplines, where it happens more often.

The bottom has dropped out of the US horse market anyway. It is no reflection on your horse, but you can pick up any horse like this at an auction for near meat money. He is very pretty though, which is definitely in his favour. It's just near-impossible to sell youngstock right now.
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post #15 of 22 Old 01-30-2008, 08:03 PM
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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 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 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 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 :)
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post #16 of 22 Old 01-30-2008, 09:34 PM
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He's really beautiful. Don't feel like you're the only one who can't sell horses. The entire market is in a slump. For sure take off the part about you riding him. Maybe say he's progressing really well or something. Technically he is a 2 y/o but the site says he is one and that is prolly one of the main reasons people haven't really looked into him. Maybe advertise him as a 4-H project or childrens horse. That might get a few more interested in him and it fits his size perfectly.
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post #17 of 22 Old 02-03-2008, 11:37 AM
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it's really scarry how the hors market is, it's so bad thati can go to a auction (held every tuesday in dodge) and buy a horse for $30.00 joke.....i sold my mare there last summer expecting to get aleast $ 800 for her and got $90.....i cried,
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post #18 of 22 Old 02-03-2008, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Jacki
You say he's one and your RIDING HIM?!?!? You can't ride a horse that young! He will end up with all kinds of bone, joint, back problems.

You can't tell her what she can and can't do with her horse. And he's 2.

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post #19 of 22 Old 02-04-2008, 12:56 AM
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That is correct, no one on here can tell her what she can do...I know that was her wording, but I don't think she actually intended to tell Delete what to do. I think many people just feel strongly about this subject and really have everyone's (including the horse's) best interest at heart.

Delete did state that she started backing her horse when he was 1 year old, regardless of if he is two or not now.
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post #20 of 22 Old 02-04-2008, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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That is correct. But it was a 2 months before he turned 2. But still, that is correct.
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