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post #1 of 5 Old 08-30-2013, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Selling your first horse? Advice needed.

Lately I've been considering finding a new home for my gelding. He's a good horse, and I don't give him as much credit as I should, but we had a rocky start and I just don't have the confidence with him that I have with my other horses. He was my first horse, and he was only three when I got him, and I was only ten. Had enough rough falls to shake me up a bit, but in hindsight none of them were really his fault. He had training gaps, saddle fit issues, teeth issues, and was being ridden by a scared 10 year old - biggest issue.

He's a great horse, very smart, lots of stamina, but his training isn't as far as a horse that is nearing ten years old should be. I took lessons on him at a NH barn for about three years, and took lessons on him for a few years at another barn prior. He is a very talented horse, and I feel like I owe him more than what he is getting. I go out in pasture and grab the easier horses. Not that he is terribly difficult, I just remember the bad years where he was in pain and didn't want me on him. But this year, the handful of times I've ridden him, he's been a doll. One of the first few times I had him out, I ponied a foal he just met off of him for about a mile to bring them to pasture. He was great, even though miss filly was being a dork and we had to drag her some of the way. He is a push button horse, not a dead head, but I want to find him a home that will give him what he needs. I took him out another time and he stepped on a hot wire that shocked his foot, jumped forward maybe 10 feet, but other than being a little shook up was still responsive and did not keep running. He isn't a huge spooker, either, and is super surefooted on the trail.

I have never sold a horse before, and I just don't know where to start, really. I wouldn't feel comfortable selling him to a beginner, but he isn't green as grass any more. If I put for intermediate riders, would that send up red flags? My problem is, I want to sell him, but I want to know that he is going to the perfect home. I don't want someone looking for a horse to turn over and sell irresponsibly. Is there any sort of contract I can sell him under or should I just be very picky as to who I sell to? I would love any and all advice I could get. I really love this horse, and knowing that I always want what is best for him. He LIKES being ridden and being active, but to be ridden harshly would truly be a detriment to his training and I don't know if he could take it without taking a turn for the worst.

Also, as far as pricing goes, I'm not sure what I should do. He is registered, tentative as a POA but got to tall. He is broke to ride, has lots of NH training on him, and with the right rider will do just about anything. He has the drive and stamina to excel in just about anything, as well. I would like to get at least a grand for him, as that is what we paid, but is he worth more? I would be willing to stay at a lower price if the home was perfect, but I don't want to give him away. It isn't all about the money, but we've put plenty in him over the years. He is UTD on shots, worming, farrier, and coggins. We've been to a few shows, enough to know that that isn't quite his scene though with a little more exposure he could do well.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-30-2013, 04:37 PM
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Hes very handsome! The biggest thing you need to keep in mind is that once you sell him, you have no control over what happens to him. You won't be able to control if the new owners sell him, or ride him in a way you don't agree with, etc.

Saying that he is for intermediate riders is not a red flag, but be prepared to say why you feel he is not appropriate for a beginner. As for the price, they is going to vary as to where you are located and how you are marketing him. In my area as a nice trail horse (which he sounds like he is), trying to get $1000 is a very reasonable price.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-30-2013, 06:26 PM
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He's very cute. It's sad, but the flashy color will help you a lot in selling him.
I'm not from Wisconsin, but for a sound, good looking ~10 yr old horse with reasonably consistent training / lesson program, $1000 seems very reasonable.

At that price, you should be able to be picky where he goes.

As for the control, I agree with pepperduck. If you don't want the new owners to sell him, you need to keep him. Maybe it would be an idea to try leasing him out, and then sell him (to the leasee?) if you feel comfortable with the way he's treated.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-30-2013, 10:25 PM
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You can be as picky as you want with who buy him, if someone tries him out and you don't like anything about them you do not have to sell your horse to them.
Once he is sold though you have no say in him, what's so ever.

Just make sure when you right the ad up be honest in it, say no beginners, say what he's training is.

Good luck selling him though :) it's a hard thing to do, I couldn't bare to sell my first horse so he's now semi retired on a friends property (he's also a lot older though)
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-31-2013, 05:19 AM
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Have you considered a sale agreement that if the new owner decides to sell him at any point you will get the first option to buy him back? I have this agreement with my horses old owner and it doesn't bother me at all - it just told me that she cares for him a lot and wanted to make sure he didn't fall into the wrong hands.
Otherwise as others have said you could look at leasing him instead.
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