Need input on selling Friesan Mare
I will start off by giving you the history behind this mare:
My grandpa, bless his heart, is at the start of Alzheimers, and does not think very realistically. He got it in his head that he wanted to learn how to drive a cart. We grew up with Quarter Horses only, and he has never done driving in his life, or even hooked a horse up to a cart for that matter. He also has no experience with draft horses. And he's on the verge of going blind, so could not see to navigate a cart in the first place.
Anyways, my grandpa trusts everyone. You could probably sell him a rock if you told him it was the best rock ever found. So once he got the idea that he wanted to learn how to drive, he came across a man who owns Friesans, and has a couple that are trained to drive. This man sounded a little sketchy from the start, but I had no say in it. So my grandpa buys this 1/2 Freisan mare that is supposedly broke to drive, ride, etc....He paid $5500 for her, and was also told she was bred.
She has been sitting at his place for the last year. It is now obvious she was in fact NOT bred. We had a horseman friend of our come out and mess with her and put a harness on her and all that, and she is very obviously green. She's very spooky, and is definitely not very far in her driving training at all. My grandpa never asked to see her actually work before he bought her, so completely got taken advantage of.
Anyways, he has finally started to come around to the fact that he is not going to be able to work with her. She is way too much horse for him. She needs work, she is a little pushy on the ground (and very destructive!), and obviously needs more training if she were to be pulling a cart.
How do I go about pricing her? Anyone have an estimate? I know that we obviously probably won't get $5500 back out of her, but I have only ever dealt with selling Quarter Horses, so I have no idea what 1/2 registered Freisans go for. Especially if they need additional training. Any input is appreciated!
Oh, and this picture was the day we took her off pasture and dry lotted her. We thought she was pregnant, but then realized she was just getting very very fat on pasture, and did not want her to founder!
you might look into marketing her as a "dressage prospect", since so many dressage people think Fresians are the cat's meow.
Exactly, dressage prospect. Clean her up nicely, get her in an animated trot, take good pictures and advertise her closer to my area. Weanlings of her kind are already around 3500$ here.
She's a pretty girl! I honestly don't think you'd have trouble getting your money back out of her, Friesan crosses are popular and people are usually willing to travel to pick them up :wink:
if she were mine I would spend some time / money working with her, getting her started under saddle and then advertise her on a wider spectrum. I'm in BC, Canada so about fourish hours away if google maps is accurate, and I have a friend who bought a similar cross for about 8k from Washington.
Thank you guys, that's reassuring! She is broke to ride, we just don't know how experienced she actually is...I think we'll have our friend come back out and get on her and see where she's at (I'm not brave enough to do it!)
Good idea, I hate seeing people who aren't 100% confident in their ability to correct bad behaviour get on a horse they're unsure of (it happens way too often at my barn). You should get some video of her movement and post it up here for critique.
:lol: if you wanted to sell her for about 2k I'd be happy to come up and get her this weekend :wink:
I don't know if he would go for that right away, but I'll mention it ;) I have just finally conivnced him to possibly sell her, so I don't want to push my luck. lol I have a video of her from when we did put a harness on her and try ground driving. It's on my other computer though so I'll get it posted hopefully tonight! And I can throw her in the round pen and lunge her and video that maybe tonight (if this storm doesn't hit...)
Try to get some conformation shots as well, they can be a huge help in 'judging' the price of a horse.
We has a friend take "Bonnie" for a couple weeks and ride her, and it appears that she is green broke. Did great to saddle, never offeredt o buck, but is green. Finally got her papers from my grandpa. She is only 4 yrs old, and is registered with the Friesian Sport Horse Registry. Only her sire's side is known. She is 50% Friesian. I got better pictures of her yesterday, and am selling her as green broke, for $4,000 or best offer. She ties, trims, and hauls very well.
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