I am running out of ideas and am totally serious!
Could I take my horse to a schooling show and have some sort of "For Sale" sign attached to his saddle pad?
Would that be way too tacky, or a good way to get exposure?
I have him on Dreamhorse, Equine.com, Craig's list, some yahoo group lists, Exracers, here, I put flyers up at the show I went to on Saturday and I've gotten maybe 3 calls on him.
I feel like I am seriously running out of options and was thinking of taking him to a few schooling shows so he can be seen, but how the heck do I let people know he is for sale??
I really don't want to have to take him to an auction, but it might come down to that. It's not as if people see him and don't like him, it's just that there seems to be no interest...
He is looking really nice right now (good weight, shiny) and I have been riding him regularly. We have a short summer up here before they get fuzzy again, so time is of the essence....
Have you re-evaluated his price? Is it too high or too low?
Have you contacted local 4H and pony club groups (if he is suitable) to let them know about your horse? Contacted local trainers and riding instructors who ride/coach in sports he would be suitable for?
You mentioned Dreamhorse, craigslist etc. - are there any local saddleclubs that have website classifieds? Flyers at feed stores and tack shops?
Just some ideas. There are some really nice horses for sale in my area that have been for sale for awhile, I think the market is still a little slow.
Yes- plenty of trainers have baby pads embroidered with "For Sale" and use them on horses in the schooling ring. I haven't seen anyone actually show in one - but maybe at a schooling show you could get away with it.
I was at Deep Run Pony Club Horse Trials one year and someone taped a piece of paper saying 'FOR SALE' on a pony's hindquarters, I don't know if they got any offers but it was sure talked about-! Not in a bad way though, just 'Hey, Does that grey pony have a For Sale sign on it??' I thought it was creative- I would think a square pad would be fine for schooling shows- after all, it wouldn't be the worst thing I saw on a horse in a schooling show.
I once saw a horse that was for sale at a schooling show - it was easy to tell, he had "for sale" painted in the biggest possible letters on both sides of his body. yes in the show ring. even worse, he was grey (white) and the paint was hot pink. not sure if they sold the horse, for his sake, I sure hope they did!
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Ha! I really had to chuckle when I saw the title of this thread because one of the nicest TB's I ever owned was at a horse show standing at the trailer with a for sale sign around her neck. She was being a bit naughty and the owner was so pissed she sold her to me for a song.
I know someone who wrote "For sale" on a pony's rump in that glitter stuff at a schooling show a few years back..I'd also agree with putting signs up at shows (inc. on your horse's stall) and seeing if they will announce that he's for sale. I bet it'd get attention if you showed him under "For sale" or something similar. Good luck finding him a new home
Originally Posted by RugBug
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