You’ve had great times together and it’s a tough decision to make. However, it’s time to move on to pastures new and prepare your horse for sale. What can you do to make sure your horse is in the best condition possible to attract those all-important buyers? Here are our top tips:
1. Plan Ahead
If you can, it’s a good idea to make the decision to sell your horse months in advance of when you need to do it. Not always easy, I know. However, by planning ahead, it gives you the opportunity to look at your horse with a critical eye and work out what needs to be done to get your horse in the best possible shape for sale. Does your horse look under weight or over weight? What steps can you put in place to improve its’ condition?
When buyers are coming to view your horse, make sure it’s well shod, the mane and tail are looking at their best and you have spent time grooming so your horse is shown to its’ best potential.
2. Expose Your Horse To New Situations
You and your horse have built a special bond and your horse may not be used to being ridden or handled by others. If this is the case, try to let your horseexperience as many new riders and handlers as possible so that when your buyers come to try your horse it is used to a different style of riding. This can be especially important if you have a horse who likes to second guess your every move!
3. Work On Any Weaknesses
Does your horse have a weakness? Is it loading, traffic or being difficult to catch? Whatever it is, try to practice as much as you can in the months or weeks you have left with each other. Huge improvements can be made with the right sort of training and a dedicated approach.
It’s also a good idea to spend time schooling your horse before sale. Buyers are often keen to see a horse worked through its’ paces and the practice will definitely pay off.
4. Find The Right FacilitiesDo you have the correct facilities where you keep your horse to show what it’s truly capable of? If the answer to this is no, consider taking it somewhere that has. An arena, show jumps and cross country course will all help demonstrate the breadth of your horse’s talent.
5. Prepare A Good Horse For Sale Advert
The final stage is to decide where best to advertise your horse for sale. Local equestrian classified websites, such as WestCountryEquestrian.com in the South West are a great place to start as they attract local buyers and either offer free or relatively cheap advertising compared to some of the national websites.
When preparing your horse for sale advert, ensure that you use the best possible photographs and give as much description as possible. Your horse is one of many available, you want it to stand out from the crowd.
And on a final but important note, be careful to price your horse realistically and vet its’ future home carefully. Your horse is precious and you want to know it’s gone to a good and caring home.