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Things To Ponder When Placing Horses For Sale

By Lee Gilbert

Most people can attest to the fact that getting a pet is an expensive endeavour no matter what size it is. This fact is multiplied by the fact that a horse is obviously a rather large animal in itself. Between vaccines, feed, and other expenses, whenever an individual buys a horse, in some respects they are making a type of investment. It stands to reason that buying a horse is not something that is taken lightly by either the seller or the buyer. For this reason it is important to place value on your animal before selling it to ensure that everyone involved has gotten a fair bargain out of the deal. Here are some things to look into when putting up horses for sale.

The Horse’s Age

The age of the animal can increase or decrease its value at different points. A very old animal will be sold at a lower price but by the same token a foal will also be cheaper because of the time investment that is required with it. An animal that is still in its prime is going to have more market value so if you are looking into breeding and selling animals for a profit, then you will need to pay special attention to this issue.

Level Of Training

A horse that is trained in dressage will obviously command a higher price than an animal that has only been halter broken. Barrel racers and animals that have other specialized levels of training and discipline are also up there for animals that will make more money for the seller. A second point is that an animal that has had quality training from a top-notch trainer will fetch a higher price than a perhaps less well-known trainer who has taught the same skills. For the majority of sellers however, the fundamentals such as saddle, halter, and reins are all that are necessary.

Health And Past Injuries

If you want to get into the high performance industry the injury history of the horse is of absolute importance. In events such as your local auctions or regular sales, major injuries will considerably bring that price mark down. Especially when it comes to injuries sustained on the animal’s leg, if you try and demand higher prices rest assured that you will have some serious trouble selling.On the other hand a horse with a good health record that has ideal training and is in the right age bracket will have a very high value on the market. It is important to note that in a situation where a horse achieves a complete recovery, injury history might not be a big issue in the long run. However if your animal is struggling in terms of health try to wait before selling (or buying). Particularly if it is the type of condition that resolves itself over time.

As a seller, putting up horses for sale can bring about rather tidy amounts in profit. But in the interests of maximizing your chances of success while still being ethical there are several points to remember when you decide to place a number value on your horse. First look at how old the animal is. Next, consider what kind and what level of training the horse has received. Take note of who did the training as that may be a way of getting a little more for the horse. Finally, do not neglect to take the horse’s health and history of injuries into account. By paying attention to these factors, it will be quite easy for you to make a sale more often than not.

If you have a breeding operation or horses for sale is a hobby for you, it’s simple to get details on the Web. If you are looking for horses for loan the reputation of the owner and the horses each needs to be considered.

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