Promoting Your Arabian or Saddlebred
The Versatile, Talented, Diverse & Amateur Friendly Horse
Are you looking to re-home or sell your Arabian or Saddlebred? There's so many places to advertise it can be overwhelming, but hopefully helpful in the long run! Please keep in mind it's your horse so unless you are paying a trainer, representative or an sales auction to market, the selling is on you. If you have a family emergency or health issues, please ask for help from a friend or family member that can assist you in your efforts or reach out to your local horse community/rescue/club/association for assistance of re-homing immediately.
If your goal is to sell your horse quickly and at the best price make sure you have appropriate information in your ad and a good conformation photo (see examples above - preferably in a plain snaffle bridle or basic leather halter) along with a simple video of the horse walking and trotting in hand (even more video is better, but just keep it good quality).
A 30 second good quality cell phone video is better than a 6 minute video that is blurry and the horse can barely be seen in mud. Please do not use slow motion edits and make sure your horse is on a flat surface and not in mud or tall grass.
Please make sure your horse is well groomed and presented well in both video and photo.
If your horse has a good personality, good training, nice movement or good conformation, make sure to highlight it. Be certain to include at minimum: age, height, location, breed, amount of training, experience level of handler or rider suggested, and one very good photo in your advertisement. If you are uncertain at what price to market your horse, do research or call a professional. PLEASE include appropriate contact information in your ad. If you do NOT do this, I guarantee if you are missing out on sales opportunities.
Think about what you would want to see in a horse ad if you were looking for a new horse and then apply this to your future client/customer!
By utilizing all these great resources, we hope you can find a loving home quickly!
MUST READ WEBSITES ON MARKETING & SELLING YOUR HORSE:
Do you think you've exhausted all your resources? No - you haven't! ;)
Don't forget to hop on or Facebook and reach out to your local equestrian community and find the following:
- Have you contacted your Local/state Pony Club? (if you live in a larger metropolitan area, there could be 2-3 Pony Clubs) You can search for a local Pony Club at: https://www.ponyclub.org/FindPonyClub/Map.aspx
- Have you contacted your Local 4H? (there is usually one per county depending on your area)
- Have you contacted your Local horse rescues? (For examples:
Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc.: www.dcfhr.com
Stamp Out Starvation of Horses: www.sosofhorses.com
Last Stop Horse Rescue: www.laststophorserescue.com
Trinity Rescue Inc: www.trinityrescueinc.org
Fourway Rescue: www.fourwayrescue.org
Redclay Rescue: www.redclayrescue.org
Idyll Acres Horse Rescue: www.idyllacreshorserescue.com
Save the Horses: www.savethehorses.org
Georgia Equine Rescue League: www.gerlltd.org
Second Chances Equine Rescue: www.scer-ga.org
Begin Again Farms: http://beginagainfarms.com
Sunkissed Acres: www.sunkissedacres.org
The Sanctuary at Fleur de Lis Farm: www.fleurdelis-farm.com
An entire list of rescues throughout the US: www.arabian300club.com/arabian-horse-rescues/
Georgia Equine Rescue League
South Eastern Equine Rescue - SEER
Go to WWW.GOOGLE.COM and I promise you will be able to find at least 6 rescues in your state that will assist with networking, reference checking and/or home checks, depending on how many volunteers they have. If the don't have time, please ask them to do a "courtesy post" on their social media page or website.
- Have you contacted your Local retirement facilities?
- Have you contacted your Local Arabian Club (like Georgia Arabian Horse Association) and utilized their social media resources?
- Have you contacted your Local therapeutic riding programs (like Special Equestrians of GA)?
- Have you contacted your Local Highschool Equestrian Show Teams?
- Have you contacted Local or Non Local College Equestrian Teams or Programs?
- Have you listed your horse on every single website and reviewed & contacted all the lesson & equestrian programs listed that may be a good match? Equinenow.com, HorseClicks.com, Dreamhorse.com, Equine.com, Eponaexchange.com
When you find their emails, shoot them all the information on your horse.
Arabian Rescue Mission: www.arabianrescuemission.org
Grune Heidi Farm Rescue: www.gruneheidifarmrescue.org
Arabian Horse Rescue & Education, Inc.: www.arabianhorserescueedu.org
Love This Horse Equine Rescue: www.lovethishorseequinerescue.org
Arabian 300 Club:
FACEBOOK GROUPS, EQUINE MARKETING WEBSITES
Also, there are about 40 plus Facebook groups you can post your Arabian or Saddlebred or related horse on - from Arabian and Saddlebred Rehoming groups, to Arabian specific sales groups, to Arabian Sport Horse groups to Saddlebred Sport Horse groups to discipline specific and location specific groups. WHAT'S EVEN BETTER IS THESE ARE FREE! Also don't forget to advertise your horse on equine.com, localhorse.com, etc. MOST OF THESE WEBSITES OFFER FREE OPTIONS TO ADVERTISE.
"IN SEARCH OF" ADS
Have you browsed all the equine for sale sites as well as Facebook to see what potential buyers are looking for? Reach out to those looking for a horse like yours. Also, take into consideration the current market trends and see how your horse may fit in.
- The Arabian Horse Association has a classifieds section to add your horse. Go to: http://www.theregistry.org/marketplace/Classified/Search_pas.asp
- Arabian Horse Life magazine which is a magazine that every Arabian Horse Association member receives.
- Have you contacted you local or regional Saddlebred or Arabian club or association?
YOUR LOCAL TACK SHOP, FEEDSTORE AND EQUESTRIAN OR LIVESTOCK FACILITIES
Don't forget to leave flyers about your horse at your local tack shops, feed stores and livestock/fairgrounds/show facilities.
LOCAL (or NON LOCAL) TRAINERS
Last but not least, contact all your local Arabian horse or Saddlebred or eventing or dressage or hunters trainers in your area to see if they have a client looking for a horse or pony like yours. Have you searched for your local dressage, eventing and hunter clubs and reviewed their trainer list? For example Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association () or Georgia Hunter Jumper Association ()?
PUBLIC HORSE SHOWS, CLINICS, EVENTS, EXPOS
Keep an eye out for public, local (or non local) equestrian related events in your area. You or a friend should stop by and network with local horse people to spread the word on your horse. Or, at least, leave a flyer or post a flyer on areas where they take advertisements. Most equestrian facilities, farms, and associations post a schedule on their website. Is your horse a good dressage or hunter prospect or good ranch riding or reining prospect? Seek out a show or clinic that focuses on that discipline and bring flyers about your horse with you OR go show, ride, school or exhibit your horse. Get them out to be seen!
REPUTABLE AUCTIONS ONLY
Addis Auction is a reputable auction to put your horse in. We absolutely would NEVER EVER recommend local auctions, especially with no reserve. If you do find an auction local to your area - be certain they allow Pre-Purchase Exams for the buyer, the opportunity to ride and meet the horse a few weeks prior, release a detailed sales list weeks before the sale/auction, and are RUN AND MANAGED extremely professionally by a highly reputable association/club/company (like Equine Elite) and/or is held in conjunction with a regional show (for example AHA Region 12 Championships) or national show (such as USEF Pony Finals in Kentucky). NO LOCAL AUCTIONS. Please do the right thing by setting up the new owner and the horse up for SUCCESS not failure but allowing PPE and permitting the potential new owner to meet the horse in a positive environment. Please screen your buyers.
A horse sold or offered for sale under $1,000.00 at an auction is at high risk to be bought by a killer buyer for slaughter or go to a completely unsuitable home. A horse is better off being euthanized than being sent to slaughter or starved. If you utilize all the resources above, this should never be an option needed to be used. At the very least get vet, farrier, and 1 or 2 additional professional references.
FINALLY, THAT SMOOTH TRANSITION TO NEW HOME!
Don't forget to get and most importantly CHECK their REFERENCES, including:
- Professional trainer. The new owner does not need to be full time training or even boarding WITH a trainer, but always good to know the new owner has a reputable connection and close by professional to turn to if they should ever need training assistance or a mentor! :) If not professional trainer reference is available, a professional saddle fitter reference or professional equine nutritionist reference would be good options as well since both would be familiar with the owner, their farm, other horses that have been under their care and will also be important individuals in the transition as well.
Next, do a home check.
Third, contract listing the sale specifics as well as any specific terms, management, care, or feed needs/suggestions for a smooth transition to limit risk of colic or ulcers, training or work schedule so the new owner knows where they are at fitness wise, or information that you know of on the horse so that the new home transition goes as smoothly and as successfully as possible for your horse. Buyer and seller names and contact information should both be listed and both parties need to sign. Each party should leave with a copy.
If you are open and honest about your horse's needs, then you will be more likely to find it the perfect home and help it be successful in it's next home.
Finally, don't forget to tell the new owner about the local clubs (breed, 4-H, saddle club, trail riding or Pony Club) available as a resource for them as well as the National association or club that they can learn more about their breed or learn about the programs they can be involved in or professionals they can speak with if they have questions. Also, always remind the new owners to put together an emergency plan and estate plan/will that includes their new horse and family member! Please have the buyer request an estate planning guide here: http://www.dressagefoundation.org/support/wills-guide.html They can also reference this document on Estate Planning for Your Horse: https://unitedhorsecoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/UCH_Estate_Planning_For_Your_Horse_2019.pdf
All horse owners should have a plan in place if there were an emergency with the horse owner so that close family and friends know what to do to take care of their animal(s).
PLEASE REFER US
We hope that we have helped you and in return, we hope that you will refer us and this page!
All the best and good luck!
JAG Arabian Sport Horses