Most people can attest to the fact that getting a pet is an expensive endeavour no matter what size it is. This fact is multiplied by the fact that a horse is obviously a rather large animal in itself. Between vaccines, feed, and other expenses, whenever an individual buys a horse, in some respects they are making a type of investment. It stands to reason that buying a horse is not something that is taken lightly by either the seller or the buyer. For this reason it is important to place value on your animal before selling it to ensure that everyone involved has gotten a fair bargain out of the deal. Here are some things to look into when putting up horses for sale.
How Old Is Your Horse?
How old your horse is can have a direct impact on how much the animal is worth. Very old horses need to be placed lower on the scale and interestingly enough the same concept goes for foals. If you are looking to get the most out of your sale, then know that the horses in their prime years are going to carry a heftier price tag. Should your interests be more inclined towards selling and breeding animals to your profit, then you may have some leeway. However in any case, you should always take pains to properly assess this issue when making your decisions.
Level Of Training
A well trained horse will demand a higher price on the market than your basic halter broken one.Animals that have been bred and trained for specialized skills such as barrel racing will also have increased value on the market and place more cash into the pocket of the seller. Horses with high quality training from experienced and respected trainers will also possess a higher price tag on the market. A trainer that is not as well known could very well teach the same skills, and honestly in most contexts who trained the horse probably doesn't matter, but buyers are usually more comfortable if they know they are dealing with a recognized name. For most people though the basic fundamentals such as saddle, halter, and reins are really all that's necessary.
Injuries And Health
For those interested in dealing primarily with the high performance industry, this subtitle really says it all. But even in auction or other scenarios, serious injuries are still going to drive the value of a horse down. If the injury was sustained on the legs of the animal there will likely be trouble but even so there are other health problems such as arthritis that will also drive value down. Consequently, a history of good health while being at an ideal age with quality training will bring the animal's value up. If an animal manages a complete recovery, this issue may not be a particularly important one in the grand scheme of things. However the book is not necessarily closed even with minor health issues. If there has been a problem with the horse's health try to wait until the condition is resolved before attempting to make a sale.
As an owner, buying and then putting up horses for sale can very easily bring in substantial profits. However in order to get the most out of your sale without ripping off the buyer there are a few things to keep in mind when assigning value. First, the age of the animal. Next the level of training the horse has received, and lastly the horse's injury and health history. By keeping these in mind, it will be more than possible to sell your animals.