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RE: [RC] [RC] selling horses - Jennifer Adam

Hi -
In my humble opinion, you'll have to do some of your own research to determine market factors for the horses you're asking about. Different regions of the country will have different preferences and price points. Individual buyers will also have different preferences and price points. IMHO, your best bet is to decide what type of horse you have, and *then* locate an appropriate market in which to advertise. If you want to stay local, check your newspapers, classifieds, local show/lesson/boarding barns, area trainers, tack shops, etc. Ask people what type of horses they have and what they would like to have. If you plan on going nationwide, read breed magazines, go to shows, go to clinics and visit lots of different barns. Ask around. Get to know people and their horses. Attend several auctions and consignment sales. Then you'll get a feel for the different markets.


And keep in mind that *in general* the horse market is slow right now with prices tumbling. Last year's drought, wildfires, and floods destroyed hay crops in many many areas. I live in MO and - although we had our second year of drought - the area horse market remains stable - but only for bombproof, kid-proof, well-trained, gentle, sound, healthy, do-it-all type horses. And even these gems only sell for $500 to $2000. I've also seen high-quality registered yearlings that would have brought $4000 and up several years ago go for less than $500. Some people are trading horses for hay!!!!

You don't mention what your goals are - if you're asking because you want to be a sort of horse dealer and match people with horses, then you really must do your own research and figure out where you can find a niche. If you're asking because you have been breeding and want to sell your babies, then again, you'll have to do some research. What type of horses have you bred? Where would they succeed best? If you're asking because you *want* to breed - then with all due respect - you might want to reconsider. As Karen said, there is already a glut of horses that need good homes. Adding to the population - especially if you haven't already designed a carefully researched program that will *improve* the quality of horses available - is irresponsible at best.

Wishing you luck,
Jen Adam


From: Alice Lynn <alicelynnus@xxxxxxxxx>
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC]   selling horses
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2007 07:37:09 -0800 (PST)

I am curious about the market of endurance horses for
sale.  Does anyone have any experience in selling
endurance horses?  How much are they selling for?
What kind of personality/mileage records/physical
characterisitics are buyers looking for?  What about
horses for junior riders?  I am also wondering about
the market for horses in other disciplines, too; how
easily are horses selling, and what are people looking
for in trail horses/CTR horses/hunters/western
pleasure.  Any information you folks have would be
helpful.  Thanks!



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