The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 29, 2004
    Posts
    954

    Default How to go about "trading" a pony

    I bought a large pony a few years back that came with an impressive record, but imperfections to back up his sale. Over the last few years I have leased him out and have learned that he does best with either a "pro kid" or in a professional barn with someone tuning him up on occasion. Unfortunately I do not ride, nor are there any local barns here that I feel can keep up the good work i've spent a fortune investing in. I'm a breeder, not a rider. If "he" was a "she" then this would be a no brainer, I would just use her as a broodmare. Unfortunately that is not how the cards were dealt. His lease is coming up and I'm looking at all the options available, apart from bringing him home and sitting in a field. With the economy the way it is, how likely would be finding a trade for a difficult but ridiculously fancy pony be? I'm fairly open as to what I would accept. How would one go about advertising a trade without it turning into something that one would see on craigslist?



  2. #2
    Join Date
    May. 4, 2008
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    1,351

    Default

    Can you put a kid on it at a couple shows and let it be known that the pony is available for sale/trade? I am sure you could easily find a kid happy for some saddle time to take it around for you. Put up a few nice fliers at the show stating which classes the pony can be observed going in and your contact info. Just add in bold on the flier that trade will happily be considered for this pony, and if you know what you are wanting to trade for you can be specific. Put an ad on dream horse, equine.com, Craigslist, any local e-advertising like in my state it is virginiaequestrian.com for free ads.
    Nothing wrong with the info winding up on Craigslist anyway, lots of nicer stuff gets moved off there.
    Good luck!



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep. 12, 2006
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    3,875

    Default

    I agree with ^^, I was at a big AA show this weekend and was amazed at the amount of selling going on. We had an adult looking for a horse she just by word of mouth (hers), she tried like 3-4 horses. Bring him to a show with a good kid and get the word out that he's for sale. Trades are tougher, but you can advertise him and put that you would be interested in a trade of some kind and see what happens. Good luck!



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct. 31, 2010
    Posts
    160

    Default

    I don't know where you are but there is a woman around here who has started a website called thishorse4sale. Horses and ponies on it wear saddle pads with the logo on it so potential buyers can check them out on the web site later or feel free to ask the connections at a show. Seems like a good idea to me. Don't know how it is working out for her. But it would tie in well with getting a kid to show your pony and hoping to get so done else who is already out showing at that level interested in him.



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug. 17, 2011
    Location
    CNY
    Posts
    38

    Default

    If you're on facebook, there's a group called Horses For Sale and one called Just Ponies - For Lease or Sale and both seem to get a decent amount of traffic. Might throw up some pictures on there with a line about considering trades.



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug. 2, 2004
    Location
    Whidbey Is, Wash.
    Posts
    10,242

    Default

    Or a local FB page. Whidbey Island has one that seems to move a lot of critters and tack, plus hay, trailers, etc. There's also one for the state.
    COTH's official mini-donk enabler

    "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul. 14, 2004
    Location
    Virginia. We Do Ponies!
    Posts
    11,999

    Default

    dorthyinoz stated that this pony does better with a "pro child rider" or someone who will tune him up prior to going in the ring. Those aren't the kind she will easily be able to find to ride in a show to let folks know the pony is available.

    Being that she is in Canada makes it harder, I'm sure.
    Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver, Equine Insurance Specialist



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr. 29, 2004
    Posts
    954

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by VirginiaBred View Post
    dorthyinoz stated that this pony does better with a "pro child rider" or someone who will tune him up prior to going in the ring. Those aren't the kind she will easily be able to find to ride in a show to let folks know the pony is available.

    Being that she is in Canada makes it harder, I'm sure.
    You're right. Very difficult in Canada. He just needs an active rider, which is tricky to find up here. Plus people around here saw him at his worst right when I got him. 3 years later even though he's a good boy now, his name is already tarnished. I have him valued very cheaply. Just don't want to bring him home and have him sit all winter or spend $$$$ at a training barn when I don't want much for him at all. Thought there might be a situation for trading with someone with young stock or outgrown pony or something. I'll try some of the options listed above. Thank you.



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul. 17, 2010
    Posts
    199

    Default

    Is this the pony I think it is? If it is, I don't think he's that bad anymore. He's not a beginner pony, but I think there are lots of kids that could be capable of keeping him on his toes. There's a bit of attitude sometimes, but he is a pony after all. Of course, this is only based on my observation. If this is who I think it is, facebook me and let me know what you'd be looking for in a trade situation and I'll put the word out, and then if you want I can get on him next week and get a first-hand impression for you.



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec. 5, 2011
    Posts
    100

    Default

    Oh, I so wish you were closer! I would love to have this pony!
    I have just the kid...



Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 110
    Last Post: Sep. 17, 2013, 07:44 PM
  2. Replies: 14
    Last Post: Sep. 16, 2013, 06:46 PM
  3. Replies: 7
    Last Post: Oct. 15, 2011, 03:36 AM
  4. Replies: 59
    Last Post: Oct. 17, 2008, 07:52 AM
  5. "Plaid Pony" for Sport Pony Breeders??
    By erinwillow in forum Sport Horse Breeding
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: Jan. 16, 2008, 10:21 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •