Selling Your Horse
Marketing your horse in an ever tight market is tough. There are a lot of really nice horses available so how do go about ensuring your horse is showcased to the best of their ability.
1. Training. Training Training. That darling unhalter broke colt is worth very little. Even with papers. There are hundreds available from $25-$75 every single week at auctions across the country. Unless the colt has siblings that are winning in the show pen, he is not going to bring potential buyers begging to pick him up. How do you raise your colt above the kill market level? Training. That will make or break the ability to get a decent home and a decent price for your yearling. Take the time to halter break your yearling. Spend time with ground work until it is obvious to any potential buyer that saddling and riding this yearling will be easy. If your horse is at riding age, get them broke with at least 90 days professional training so a potential buyer can see the future abilities of the horse.
2. Pictures. They say pictures are worth a thousand words How true that is. First impressions of that first picture will get potential buyers to stop and take that second look. We have obtained some excellent guidance on how to take a good picture we would like to share with you.
3. List your equine on several of the marketing websites such as Dreamhorse.com.
4. To ensure your horse has a good shot at a good home and not just entering into the kill market, a rehoming agreement is recommended. This will help ensure the sincerity of the buyer. We have provided an example of a rehoming agreement below.
Never take the word of a buyer that you get right of first refusal, or that your horse will have a good home forever without a written, court binding agreement. This is a picture of a dear horse that was rehomed to a friend after their parent had died. Promises were made and not kept. Twilight was the one who suffered due to the broken promises.