Ways to Increase the Value of Your Sale Horse

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Are you planning on selling a horse in the future? There are a number of ways that you can increase the value of your sale horse before advertising him for sale. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Increase Your Horse’s Training

The number one way to increase your horse’s value? Increase his training. If you are capable of training your horse to a higher level, it’s often worth doing so as long as your costs for keeping the horse are fairly low. In some cases, you’ll have an easier time finding a buyer if you send your horse away for professional training, especially if it’s with a well-known, talented trainer. Training your horse may also save you time in selling him, reducing the amount of money that you need to spend on his care while you’re trying to find him a new home.

Compete Your Horse

If your horse has potential in the show ring, then competing him can quickly increase his value. A horse with a successful competition record can reassure buyers that the horse does well in the ring, and buyers may be more likely to see your horse as an investment in their own competition future. Once your horse is proven in the show ring, his value is likely to go up.

Register Your Horse

If your horse is eligible to be registered, then make sure that you register him (or state that he’s eligible to be registered in his ad). Most buyers will pay more for a registered horse, and having registration papers available can justify your asking a higher price.

Get Your Horse in Shape

You’ll often find buyers looking for a horse that is ready to go to work right away, whether it’s as a trail horse or a show ring competitor. If your horse is fit and ready to work, this can potentially increase his value in a buyer’s eyes. It is also easier for a buyer to judge the character and energy of a horse that’s in consistent work than it is to evaluate a horse who’s been sitting for a long period of time. Make an effort to ride your horse and get him in shape before advertising him for sale.

Remember, your horse is worth as much as buyers are willing to pay, but with a little effort you can often increase his value and appeal. Good luck in advertising your horse for sale and finding him a new home.

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