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post #1 of 6 Old 01-30-2015, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Put sale ads up on my mare.

So I put a few sale ads up on the internet for my mare.

I've had a few people ask questions, but nothing serious.

So my question is, IF someone wants to buy her how do I know they're a good fit? How do I insure she goes to a good home?

I won't sell her to just anyone. I'll be pretty picky. She deserves the BEST.

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-30-2015, 12:28 PM
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You can only do the best you can. There are no guarantees.

When the people come out to see her, you'll be able to tell a lot by the way they handle her, how she reacts to them and the questions they ask.

If you think it's a good fit, and they are not too far away, you can request to see where she's going. So if you can, visit her potential home and check it out.

If everything looks good, that's the best you can do. Once the horse is sold, it is not yours anymore. You then have no say over it.

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I was wondering about maybe doing a ten or fifteen day trial. Could I do that?
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You can do anything you want, but ultimately once sold there isn't much you can do.

You just have to feel them out.

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post #5 of 6 Old 01-30-2015, 01:19 PM
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When someone calls to inquire about one of my horses, I usually ask what riding experience they have and what they want in the horse they are looking for and from their answers I can go from there, either say this isn't the horse for you or you might like this horse, come out and see him/her. I let anyone coming to look at my horse handle it and tack it up etc to see how they get along, then I ride and then they ride and I watch them. If I have 2 horses, we might go out for a trail ride and see how it goes.
I really want to see my horses go to good homes so I am willing to take a lot of time with the right person.
I don't usually let them go for a trial period but they are welcome to come and ride as often as they want.
If I can ,I like to deliver the horse to see what accomodations they have ( one last chance to change my mind).
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-30-2015, 06:42 PM
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Ask lots of questions. That's usually the only way to find out what they are like.

Don't give too much of a spiel about what you want (ie. "I want someone who will rug my horse, have her hooves done every six weeks and not over jump her, do you think that sounds like you?") because then they may very well give you the answers you want to hear.

This is easier if they have other horses, as you can ask about them, you can just start casually and go into more detail. Like, oh does your horse need much feed, what do you feed him? Oh you do heaps of trails on him, does he need his feet done often? Ask about previous horses they've had, where they keep them, if they compete etc. If they're local buyers chances are if you talk enough you'll find a mutual friend, a trainer you both know etc. I'm always a little suspect of people who don't know anyone I know in a horsey area.

Watch them ride, encourage them to come more than once and really think over it.

I had an OTTB I was selling and I had someone come out and we agreed to a price. No money was exchanged as they were coming to next day. But I thought about it after they left, about their situation, their abilities and the help they had and I decided that they weren't the right home. I called them and I told them that I had thought about it, and their agistment situation (kept alone) really didn't sound like the type that would suit this horse. I told them how she needed more training, and as they hadn't ridden in a long time simply a friend couldn't help, but she would probably need to be sent away for training. After I shared my concerns we agreed that she wasn't the right horse for them.

So don't rush into things. Don't let people pressure you.
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