Gaited horse people in my area - I can't find you. Where are you hiding? :)
I'm in West/Central Kentucky and I'm trying to sell my KY Mountain filly, but everyone local is only interested in AQHA for barrel racing and trails.
How can I find the gaited horse community in my area?
I thought I was ready to train my first horse from start to finish, but I'm really not. I really want to find someone who can take her on who knows what they're doing. It's been a tough decision for me, especially having to admit that I'm not ready for her. I've posted about her before. She would make someone a great project, but I can't give her what she needs.
What parts of the state/region/country are more fond of gaited horses?
Thanks for your help :)
I have a few questions to ask and they aren't meant to be mean, but there are a few factors that help in the sale. Especially if you are near Lexington or the Louisville area. You are kind of in the heart of the gaiteds. First, is she registered or grade? Second, if she is registrable have you? Third, what is her degree of training?
Grade gaited horses don't sell for the high dollar the registered horse does. Grades are always harder to sell, especially if they are a filly and solid. For some reason which can't be answered a Rocky Mountain (basically the same horse type) has a higher dollar value than a Kentucky Mountain to begin with. Most people seem to prefer the Rocky, I like both.
Unless your horse is a rarer color, I would keep training her and at least give her a good start. If you put the time into her it will at least give her a better chance at life than selling her untrained where she most likely will end up moving from home to home.
You also may want to try Mountain Horse Traders on Facebook and see if you can join and sell her on there? Just make sure you post your location.
To answer your questions:
1 & 2: She can be registered Appendix with KMSHA; however I haven't submitted the paperwork because I'm not a member so it would be fairly expensive for me to do. I don't know if it would be worth the investment. Given my current financial situation, it really didn't seem like a priority.
3: Her training is minimal. She leads some and loaded well the only time we hauled her. I felt majorly in over my head in the fall, not knowing what to do. She's been turned out for the winter, during which time I studied up on anything and everything I could get my hands on. We've made good progress, in my opinion, in the couple weeks of spring we've had so far. Still, for a yearling, she's very much behind schedule.
As far as her look, she's solid black, not a white hair on her. Her sire was a flashy paint, her dam was black with tons of markings, and her sibling was a blue-eyed paint. If she turns out to be a good breeding prospect, I suspect she would throw some fun colors even though she's rather plain herself. (Although I could be completely wrong. I'm not a breeder.)
I know it's my shortcomings that are holding her back. I can't seem to get a good conformation shot of her for anything, and a cell phone is hardly the best option for pictures/videos. I've had some great advice from the Confo Forum on how to get the right light and the best angles to show her off, but I need more practice.
I was hoping that if I could find someone local who could see her in person, then I'd have more luck in getting her to someone who would be better for her. I'll definitely check out that facebook group.
I'm continuing to work with her while she's listed for sale. I'm not going to just give her away to move her along. That seems like a slippery slope. I can see so much potential for her and I want her to succeed, even if it's not with me.
As far as her price goes, I feel like pricing a horse is a very complex issue, and everyone has their own system for determining a horse's value. I know what she cost me, and I know what other horses from the same stable are selling for at various points in their training. I think she's reasonably priced for what she is.
Thanks for your feedback.
PS - I did not find your questions mean at all. No worries :)
Ok, correct me if I am wrong, isn't Kentucky the heart of the TWH industry? Forgive me, I am an ignorant Canadian and it's rare to see gaited horses in these parts.
That's what I thought too.
Unfortunately in my case, in my county and all that neighbor it, everyone I've encountered only seems to want quarter horses.
I've had a terrible time trying to find anything (saddle clubs, shows, etc) for gaited horses or even english riders. Everything's barrels, trails, and western.
well step one is to stop advertising as descending from paints. If its a KM horse neither of its parents nor siblings are paints.
Advertise in the normal places, craigslist, horseclicks, equine now, definetly register though, I cant see how you wouldnt make up the cost in the sale.
Sorry. I don't know all of the right color terms for what I'm trying to describe - big brown and white splotches. I thought "paint" was just a generic term for that. Paint, Pinto, Overo, Tobino, Sabino.... It's really confusing to me. Never can keep them all straight.
She's on HorseClicks. I've been a little iffy about Craigslist, but I'll keep it in mind for later.
As far as membership/registration goes, if I'm reading the requirements correctly, it looks like it would be $145 plus whatever DNA testings there may be.
Would the cost of a horse really change $150-200 just based on registration?
More importantly, would anyone actually pay that much more, even if I asked it?
More to the heart of my original question, I did locate a Mountain Horse page on facebook, and I think it's the right one.
How could I find shows/events around here where I can meet people "in real life" who are in to gaited horses?
You'll be surprised, people will pay thousands more for registered horses over grades. I definitely think it's worth your while if you want to get anything out of your horse.
paint is a breed, QH or TB or a mix of the two, If anything the parents would be spotted saddle horse.. As in the south gaited horses were historically called saddle horses... Just pointign out if you are mentioning Paint in your adds, the people shopping for gaited are skipping your add thinking QH, and the people wanting QH are skipping when they see gaited.
horse will easily gain $200 with registry. Right now un registered and untrained be really hard to move even for free. Are the sire and dam registered ? I would think if they are you wouldnt need DNA testing, if they arnt I am not sure about the KMH registries.
Thanks for the clarification on Paints. Advertising-wise, I'm not saying she's bred from Paints. That was just my error in describing her sire in this post. I have pictures of him for interested parties, when they're needed.
Her sire is registered, dam is grade, putting my filly under the "Appendix" category.
I'll have to give the registration aspect some thought.
We've been working on getting out of debt, getting rid of credit cards, that sort of thing. Maybe we can work it into the budget.
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