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Selling a horse amid COVID-19??

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  • Selling a horse amid COVID-19??

    Before COVID-19 hit, I was preparing to list my horse for sale for financial reasons. Now, it seems almost impossible to sell a horse in the current situation with the quarantines and financial uncertainty. Are there any options I am missing?? Thanks.

  • #2
    I don't think so. I was actively shopping before this hit. I'm keeping tabs on the market, but can't realistically look at anything until this crisis turns the corner.


    • #3
      I have been shocked by how many sale ads for horses I have been seeing. Unless the transaction were already in progress when all this came down, I can't imagine that making a horse purchase is a priority for many people right now. However, I guess it is a good time to get ads for horses in front of people and maybe make some contacts to follow-up on when things like visiting for a test ride will be back within the realm of possibility.


      • #4
        My horse is still listed,but I haven’t got any expectation of him selling anytime soon. Out and out show horse, when there aren’t any shows, and access to the barn is very limited for boarders, and no outsiders.

        However, I have started working with a friends horse, she’s unable to visit the barn right now, and the mare is for sale. She might have a buyer right here, such a sweetie.
        "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

        "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig


        • #5
          I had two people interested in a gelding I own. Overnight they are no longer interested in buying anything right now. Can’t blame them. I bought a new horse a month ago and would have never even consider it now. Oh well.


          • #6
            KBC, you're selling your gray gelding? I thought he was perfect for you?! (forgive me if I'm being too nosy...)


            • #7
              My friend has contacted a couple of sellers. One had sold the horse within 24 hours of listing him (location: East Oregon) and the other said she had an interested person who was willing to buy off the video (location: extreme North Idaho).

              It seems crazy to me.


              • #8
                We were planning to look at a horse last weekend for hubby and had to postpone based on the current situation.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by rockymouse View Post
                  KBC, you're selling your gray gelding? I thought he was perfect for you?! (forgive me if I'm being too nosy...)

                  Yup, long story, but turns out not to be a match made in heaven. He is totally awesome, everything I thought and hoped he would be, BUT, turns out I got him about 20 years to late! He is just too exuberant in his movement, requires riding all the time, where I just want to chill sometimes.

                  i guess it brings it home, the mare I just started working with, she is curious, she interacts, he just wants to work!

                  "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

                  "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CCook View Post
                    Before COVID-19 hit, I was preparing to list my horse for sale for financial reasons. Now, it seems almost impossible to sell a horse in the current situation with the quarantines and financial uncertainty. Are there any options I am missing?? Thanks.
                    So were we ready with a young horse, had done well at shows, were going to give him one, maybe two more and he would have been ready to sell.
                    Now, who knows when there will be shows again.
                    He is learning about other, so we will have more to appeal to versatility buyers also.

                    I am not sure people will be wanting to buy any horses for a while.
                    We don't know when this will be over, what kind of world we will have left, what will happen with the horse industry and so much other.


                    • Original Poster

                      Thanks, all. Unfortunately, that's kind of what I thought the situation might be. Should I even put up an ad now?


                      • #12
                        I also have one to sell. I had been riding her more regularly and planned to list her mid-March. Oh well.


                        • #13
                          Proven horses that would need/necessitate a test ride will probably not sell well now. Ultra greenies and fresh OTTBs, outside of the uncertainties of individuals financials, will probably sell the same because a test ride doesn't mean much.


                          • #14
                            I am a breeder. I have 5 foals arriving this year. I am expecting they will be around for a while. Fortunately I have lots of room on my farm for foals to grow up into young horses. I agree that the demand for a horse is reduced but I am still getting regular inquiries for riding horses. I don't have any for sale, but I help people network. I am not seeing the quarantine as an issue for me. I am well within my state limits on having farm visitors. I can socially distance while letting a buyer look at a horse. Foals and young stock have always been a more restricted market.

                            Horse sales will continue despite COVID-19. The volume may be lower, but there will be sales. Financial uncertainty is not uniformly distributed.
                            Where Norwegian Fjords Rule


                            • #15
                              My best friend is a GP trainer and was selling a nice young horse for someone before all of this hit. Deposit was sent, vet check passed, and then buyer had to back out at the last minute due to losing 1/3 of her net worth in the stock market. Hoping this all turns a corner soon.


                              • #16
                                I was/am looking for a low level horse. Had 2 I was considering and both owners have stopped communicating. I will still look and inquire but I cant go do any test rides. If the right horse comes along I will try to make arrangements for the future.

                                Also barns in general are going to be unstable and I dont want to take on a new horse in an unstable situation. I am not so worried about my financial situation luckily but who knows.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by equiniphile View Post
                                  My best friend is a GP trainer and was selling a nice young horse for someone before all of this hit. Deposit was sent, vet check passed, and then buyer had to back out at the last minute due to losing 1/3 of her net worth in the stock market. Hoping this all turns a corner soon.
                                  Yes, declines in net worth due to collapsing stock market are going to impact many, many industries, and particularly luxury items like horses, boats, private planes, high-end cars, vacation homes, etc. Everyone except enemies of America is praying the economy and stock market will come zooming back--and soon. Congress better stop playing partisan politics and pass that stimulus package so individuals and business owners get some relief--although luxury ticket items will *not* bounce back as quickly as other sectors.


                                  • #18
                                    No reason not to promote your horse now and line up people who want to try when possible. You can be in discussion, showing you tube vids. The likely hood of a sale happening, no try hands off, is slim. But promote
                                    -- * > hoopoe
                                    Procrastinate NOW
                                    Introverted Since 1957


                                    • #19
                                      I too was in the market to purchase my next horse before COVID-19, but since I will not buy one sight unseen I have stopped seriously looking and will resume when travel restrictions and the risk of contagion are lessened. I still causally browse the ads online and will save anything of interest so that when I am able to travel I possibly have some leads.


                                      • #20
                                        Also network with trainers you know. If they have a client needing, and they know your horse, you may get a nibble
                                        -- * > hoopoe
                                        Procrastinate NOW
                                        Introverted Since 1957