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How much do you sell a polo pony prospect for?

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  • How much do you sell a polo pony prospect for?

    I know nothing about polo, or polo ponies; but I have this cute 2 1/2 y/o filly that I had at the vet a few weeks ago for something minor, and there was a polo guy there. He absolutely fell in love with her! He kept going on and on about her perfect size and her great temperament (she's 14.3 1/2 right now, and bombproof) and said if I ever wanted to sell her (I do, she's not going to get big enough for me), give him a call.

    This was three weeks ago - she's healed up from her little illness, and I got the guys number from the vet...with his permission of course (he told my vet he was still interested)....so now what? I need to have some number in my head when I call him back....

    I don't have much money in her (I bought her for pennies last year to get her out of a bad situation), but she is put together fairly well, and has been handled to death - she would be ready to start under saddle tomorrow if somebody wanted to. She's super calm and brave, but is quite the little speed demon when she's playing around the field as well.

    Here's her pic (taken a month ago):

  • #2
    Dreamhorse only has a few polo prospects listed, but the top price is $4000. I'd use that as a starting point.
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    • #3
      From the very few polo people I know, they want to pay little money for what they ride.


      • #4
        definitely agree with the $4000 or less price tag. The dude who owns the barn where I ride is a polo player, and he does not spend much on his horses since all the have to be able to do is turn, stop and run!


        • #5
          With the steady supply of OTTB's, I've never known a polo player to pay more than killer price for a prospect!!
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          • #6
            Agreed with everyone else: I know several people will full strings, and with the prospects...if they weren't free, they were dirt cheap.

            Now, on the other hand...polo ponies who have the heart and love for the game, and can basically play the game themselves....those come with a hefty price tag. But you don't know if a horse loves the game until you get them broke and playing, which makes a polo prospect a bit of a gamble compared to dressage/jumping prospects where you can basically see what the horse is going to do before you even get them broke, just by free lunging them.


            • #7
              Up here at the track at Fort Erie, the polo guys don't want to pay much more than $500-$750, and are leery to take younger horses, as they may grow too much as they mature. We had a fellow look at one of ours, 15:1, 3.y.o. gelding, and wouldn't consider him for this reason.
              What you allow is what will continue.


              • #8
                Here in the Mid Atlantic area $1000. tops $1500. and they don't usually want 2yr olds...I gave mine away to Polo people 2 that age but we knew she wouldn't top 15.1...good luck...


                • Original Poster

                  Thanks! The $1000 range was sort of what I had in mind.

                  I don't know if it makes a difference or not, but the guy that was interested was a 50 something white guy, driving a Porsche, and said that he had just hired a new trainer and was shipping all of his horses down to florida for the winter circut this year...


                  • #10
                    Doesn't matter what he drives. Polo players don't want to pay a lot for a prospect. Green broke to the mallet, different story.


                    • #11
                      yeah i'm gonna agree with the others...i ride at a polo barn and they get them straight from the racetrack and train em up. cheap, cheap, cheap.
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                      • #12
                        You could probably start at $1000 but might expect to hear, oh, I can give you $750.
                        Prospects are cheap and plentiful, elsewhere.
                        I'd sure sell a horse for that (in this situation) if I thought it would be going into a useful home, suitable to the horse.
                        You could tell him that if she works out, and turns out to be FANTASTIC, that he could pay you the extra $250 next year.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Fillabeana View Post
                          You could probably start at $1000 but might expect to hear, oh, I can give you $750.
                          Prospects are cheap and plentiful, elsewhere.
                          I'd sure sell a horse for that (in this situation) if I thought it would be going into a useful home, suitable to the horse.
                          You could tell him that if she works out, and turns out to be FANTASTIC, that he could pay you the extra $250 next year.
                          Riiight. Don't be surprised if he offers under $250. Only 2 1/2? Not started?


                          • #14
                            most I know won't spend more than 500-800. Free small TBs are plentiful these days. There are tons available off the track. If you start the horse, get it neck reining and show it the mallet you can get more. Good luck!


                            • #15
                              Agreed. If you want her to be worth more, get her going under saddle with neck reining and a good 'whoa'. That'll get you in the price range of the small TBs and TB crosses already going under saddle (such as trail or youth horses) he can pick up as prospects.

                              To add even more value, get her used to riding near other horses (side by side in the same direction as well as approaching head-on from opposite directions), not mind a small ball rolling or fllying around (stand by her head/toss ball forward/lead her after it, roll ball across the ground nearby and under her, etc), and not mind you swinging a long stick or broom around her head and body (unmounted, then mounted). If you can get her doing all that like a rock star w/t/c, you can push for the upper-end price others here have mentioned. Something like 30+% of polo prospects wash out before becoming made horses, so the farther you take her through basic training the more attractive she'll be.

                              And, no, doesn't matter what the person drives. I know plenty of millionaire polo players who are too cheap to even pull shoes at the end of the season.