Tips on selling!
I have decided to sell my 4 year old mare. It wasn't an easy decision to come by since I've had her since birth and have done all of her training myself. I hope to have her listed by fall, but am trying to get me ducks in a row right now and need some direction. How do you decide on a price point on a green broke horse? I just started her (for the sake of her legs) so she isn't as trained as a lot of the other 4 year olds I've seen online.
She's Andy/TB, about 14.3, and a pocket pony. She's not registered but I have all of the papers and just need to send them in. I've never sold a horse before so I don't know where to start!
That's a freeby. Or a few hundred here , if the horse has good build. There's so many factors that go into selling. The money is just what will be paid. Not what you want.
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Get her registration all done, send it off NOW! Work with her as much as you can, and when you do list her, get proper, flattering photos that show her off to her best advantage and some nice edited videos. When buyers come to look at her, make sure she in top shape, groomed, all farrier work, coggins, vaccines, like she is going to a show.
youd be surprised. I imagine a lot of advertised 4yo are just having their training level inflated.
What is the Andy part of Andy/TB ? Andalusian cross ? I goggled it but didnt come up with anything.
Really gonna be hard to sell an untrained horse that isnt something special for much of anything.
Yes, Andy=Andalusian. Hopefully by the fall she won't be untrained...the plan is for me to get her going and then my trainer will get her dressage basics and maybe start her over some poles. Also, her sire was recently inscribed into the stud book in Spain...so that has to mean something, right?? Lol. I haven't been able to see what his babies are going for.
And I was very surprised at what I saw...a 4 y/o Andalusian/TB out there is going for 25k because he is already showing at training level in eventing. To me, that seems like way too much for such a young horse!
Oh, and I really want to avoid the free/cheap route. My biggest fear is her going into the slaughter pipeline, and a statistic I read said that the average age of slaughtered horses are between 4-8, and upwards of 93% are perfectly usable with no physical/behavioral issues.
Well if I had her I would not be selling her cheap:
It isn't that she is behind, it is that she is a quietly started 4 year old, ready to go on and take your way.
Honestly get her registered and just backed and quietly ridden and push her potential.
Thanks! I guess I need to do some more research and see if I can find a starting point on prices. I'm filling out her IALHA papers right now!
Yep, list her for just slightly over the going rate and let people known you might be willing to haggle a little. Bathe her, clean her hooves up nice, put her in a bridle or a nice leather halter that flatters her face, and set her up on pavement or smooth gravel. Have someone get her attention so she looks alert and interested, and list her as 'started correctly and ready to be finished your way.' A registered 4-5 year old, lightly started horse with decent conformation is absolutely something I'd still be willing to pay money for even or our economy, if indeed she was started right and advertised nicely. I'm much more leery of a horse pictured with mud on it, fresh from the pasture, looking dully in another direction, or a horse who is supposively 'finished' or 'kid friendly' as a 4 year old.
In my area a Registered, NICE Andi/TB cross goes for $1500 or so still. The Hispanic bred, wonky crosses in my area are advertised at $7,000+ but the fact is that the majority of those horses never sell or end up being traded for another overpriced cross. Most of them have big heads, fat necks, skinny bodies, and tooth pick feet.
I'd need to see a photo of your girl before saying what I'd pay for her though. It really just depends on how elegant of a cross she turned out to be, or if she got the raw end of the deal on both sides like so many of them do...
And if there is one thing my trainer taught me, it's always to present yourself as your absolute best...because if you end up sucking, you will still look good! So Addie will get "the works" when I do list her, and I'll follow all of the conformation critique "rules" on how to take pics.
Thank you for your response, I've been following the Kenzie thread religiously and you're kind of my hero :D
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