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post #1 of 15 Old 07-10-2015, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Selling my horse but never sold one before?

I'm selling my full height pony Teddy with a write up that will be similar to the following when advertised online. When you sold your horse did you allow trials? Do you think trials are good for horse and possible new owner? Can you give me any tips of the MUST do's and don't's when selling a horse? What questions i need to be prepared to answer etc. Thank you so much!!

-9YO Dapple Grey 14.3 full height pony
- Gisbornebred stationbred from NZ
- Completed 2 seasons of pony club, been to sj days (up to 1m) and dressage days, overnight treks, ridden on beaches, roads, traffic and over bridges.
- Fantastic to c/s/f and handle on the ground
- soft mouth, responses to leg very well and can be ridden bitless and bareback just as comfortably.
-More push than pull but is not lazy and the most honest jumper i've ridden.
Beginners can ride him under supervision but my confident beginner mother took him out for a ride by herself and he was great. Can be ridden alone or company does not have to be in a certain place when hacking with others.
- keeps weight well, lovely hard feet (is not shod)


Anything i need to add? i'm going to be advertising mostly from the internet so i want to try and cover the basics.
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-10-2015, 09:04 PM
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Lots of pictures help, as well as pictures doing the things you have said he does. Like a picture of him jumping 1m, doing dressage, riding on the beach if possible.

I wouldn't say "full height pony". People read pony and then they disregard the ad. I saw "full height pony" and I thought he would be around 13hh. Just include his height in the ad.

I would say something like:

Lovely natured 14.3hh dapple grey gelding. Excellent allrounder having attended two years of pony club, dressage days and overnight treks. Good on the road and beach and quiet in traffic. Pleasant and easy to handle and ride, with a soft mouth and responsive to aids. Honest jumper who has jumped up to 1 metre. Gisborne stationbred. Suited to intermediate rider or confident beginner with supervision.

I'd cut it down a little, rather than saying "not lazy" which implies he is lazy just say what he is. People will find out how he rides when they come and test him out. Perhaps say why you're selling him and what sort of condition he is in - like "ridden regularly, up to date with farrier, dentist and vet" or something.

When people ask questions answer honestly but don't undersell your horse. People read into answers a lot, and so keeping them short and simple is often the best way. Lots of people muck around with sellers, so when you get an email or phone call answer it but rather than spending a lot of time going into detail encourage them to come and see the horse. I've had so many emails with such specific questions that have gone nowhere, all these questions can be asked in person when you can both get a feel for each other.

Phone calls are usually a little more "serious" than emails, ie they are more likely to lead to a sale. If you arrange an appointment over email it may be good for you to tell the person to call you the night before for address details, as many just don't show up.

Beware the people who say they have seen your ad and love your horse and pretty sure they want it before they have even seen your horse. They have no idea what your horse is like, and have no idea if it's suitable, and are usually not reliable buyers.

Trials can be good for finding the right home. However they are also risky. I'd be more willing to accept a trial if I knew the person, or their instructor or where they kept their horse. However definitely take a deposit prior to a trial, and sign a contract with clear conditions. A better option can be a trial where you keep the horse. Lots of people ask for payment plans which I don't recommend. If they're serious they can get a loan from a bank or friend - they don't need to go in debt to a stranger. If you do something like that, lease the horse to do them until you have received all the money.
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post #3 of 15 Old 07-10-2015, 11:17 PM
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I would have never considered a trial when selling. Come and see the horse as many times as you want, put a deposit down if you want first right of refusal, I've even bought a couple of them back but I would never ever let one of my horses off my property and out of my control.

By the way, I want your pony! LOL He sounds wonderful. Although you make reference to "him", don't forget to add that he's a gelding in your advertisement.

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post #4 of 15 Old 07-10-2015, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply!! i have a huge amount of photos that i add showing what weve been up to. I only say full height pony as in NZ ponies are quite wanted. I'd be happier with them coming over and riding for as long as they want instead of trialing?
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post #5 of 15 Old 07-10-2015, 11:33 PM
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Yeah I think that having them come over and ride is better than trialling. Saying that, I have sent two of my horses on trial before. Both were people I sort of knew through others, both bought the horses and both paid up with no issues. However, it's likely I was just cautious/lucky.
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post #6 of 15 Old 07-10-2015, 11:34 PM
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Yes, more pics, especially ones with all the ribbons... I really liked the pics in your other thread.

https://www.horseforum.com/horses-sal...-price-600426/

And the story about riding past the marina....

My suggestion there did not intend to turn it into a list, just make breaks for easier reading.

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post #7 of 15 Old 07-11-2015, 09:37 AM
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Heck, *I* want that pony! Can you float to the US?
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post #8 of 15 Old 07-11-2015, 10:43 AM
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WAAAAAANT.

I've only ever sold one horse, and it was a quick affair that I'm sure not many people have the 'pleasure' of. From first contact to sale was only a week, if that, and it was sight unseen.

As for buying, I've been to see a few horses in the last 6 months or so, though I haven't bought one.

Your horse actually sounds much like a horse I would LOVE to buy, so I'll throw some questions from the top of my head at you to help give an idea of what a pedantic potential buyer might ask ;)

- Vices - buck, rear, bite, bolt, kick?
- Past health issues
- Stand for saddling, bridling and mounting?

Also, I would be sure to specify the rider suitability. I know of people who prefer to say 'intermediate', purely to avoid the age old 'you told me he was beginner safe!'. You could say for confident beginner, but a lot of people will be sure to ask you WHY they have to be confident.

As for trials, I think they are wonderful things from a buyers point of view, but probably not so much from a sellers. You could compromise though, and perhaps offer a week money-back guarantee (provided the horse comes back in the same condition), but make sure EVERYTHING is in writing.

If I could afford him, and the price to ship him to Australia, I'd have him in a heartbeat <3 Chunky greys FTW!
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Lots of pictures help, as well as pictures doing the things you have said he does. Like a picture of him jumping 1m, doing dressage, riding on the beach if possible.

I wouldn't say "full height pony". People read pony and then they disregard the ad. I saw "full height pony" and I thought he would be around 13hh. Just include his height in the ad.

I would say something like:

Lovely natured 14.3hh dapple grey gelding. Excellent allrounder having attended two years of pony club, dressage days and overnight treks. Good on the road and beach and quiet in traffic. Pleasant and easy to handle and ride, with a soft mouth and responsive to aids. Honest jumper who has jumped up to 1 metre. Gisborne stationbred. Suited to intermediate rider or confident beginner with supervision.

I'd cut it down a little, rather than saying "not lazy" which implies he is lazy just say what he is. People will find out how he rides when they come and test him out. Perhaps say why you're selling him and what sort of condition he is in - like "ridden regularly, up to date with farrier, dentist and vet" or something.

When people ask questions answer honestly but don't undersell your horse. People read into answers a lot, and so keeping them short and simple is often the best way. Lots of people muck around with sellers, so when you get an email or phone call answer it but rather than spending a lot of time going into detail encourage them to come and see the horse. I've had so many emails with such specific questions that have gone nowhere, all these questions can be asked in person when you can both get a feel for each other.

Phone calls are usually a little more "serious" than emails, ie they are more likely to lead to a sale. If you arrange an appointment over email it may be good for you to tell the person to call you the night before for address details, as many just don't show up.

Beware the people who say they have seen your ad and love your horse and pretty sure they want it before they have even seen your horse. They have no idea what your horse is like, and have no idea if it's suitable, and are usually not reliable buyers.

Trials can be good for finding the right home. However they are also risky. I'd be more willing to accept a trial if I knew the person, or their instructor or where they kept their horse. However definitely take a deposit prior to a trial, and sign a contract with clear conditions. A better option can be a trial where you keep the horse. Lots of people ask for payment plans which I don't recommend. If they're serious they can get a loan from a bank or friend - they don't need to go in debt to a stranger. If you do something like that, lease the horse to do them until you have received all the money.
Great advice, I wouldn't mind answering a few questions by email but my experience is that serious buyers are willing to give their name and phone # and speak directly. Set a fair asking price and also the amount you might consider coming down for the right home and stick to it. You will probably encounter some nice honest people but you may also meet some game players. This is your horse and you set the rules for this sale
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post #10 of 15 Old 07-11-2015, 01:18 PM
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While I mostly agree about email vs phone calls, don't rule out emails too quickly. I have sold several horses out of state without the person ever meeting the horse, just seeing videos and pics an a PPE. Sometimes the price doesn't justify flying out to try the horse, it's reasonable enough to go ahead and buy and just resell if it's not a good match.
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