*NEW* Dan Williams’ exhibiting weblog: let’s cease making shopping for and promoting horses so difficult
Initially from Jersey within the Channel Islands, Dan moved to the UK in 2014 to pursue his desires of driving on the prime. Dan had deliberate to make it huge as a showjumper however shortly realised that his actual ardour was exhibiting.
Dan bought his first present horse shortly after shifting to Hampshire. He then set about shopping for a string of present horses and produced them from house whereas holding down a full-time job within the property sector.
In June of 2018, Dan and his associate who can be referred to as Dan, moved to their new yard in Hertfordshire the place they produce a variety of present horses alongside aspect a thriving livery enterprise.
Sustain-to-date with Dan whereas he campaigns his horses this season and goals to gather his tickets to the Royal Worldwide Horse Present (RIHS) and Horse of the 12 months Present (HOYS).
Shopping for a horse is at all times thrilling, however for a lot of, it may also be very daunting. Whether or not you might be in search of a enjoyable all-rounder kind to point out at your native driving membership occasions or you might be in search of the following HOYS winner, you’ll inevitably have an inventory of standards that your new horse should meet.
For some individuals, like my little sister, the record could be in depth and can embrace issues like ‘should love cuddles’ when in search of their new greatest pal. Others, like myself, will probably be much less bothered concerning the horse’s character and extra within the horse having clear limbs and a great size of rein. Nevertheless, the one factor most of us have is a finances.
I bear in mind once I was youthful and Horse & Hound would arrive at our home each Thursday. I might go straight to the classifieds on the again to see what horses had been on the market. Again then, the one horses that had POA (value on utility) had been those who I knew I couldn’t afford and would probably carry six determine value tags. You knew they had been costly as a result of the advert was 4 occasions the scale of all of the others and the actually costly horses had multiple picture. The whole lot else on the web page had a value so you might take a look at those you knew you might afford. Being 12-years-old, I couldn’t afford any of them however I may no less than image a particular horse in my minds eye, when daydreaming about my string of 15 horses that might all sooner or later function on the entrance cowl of Horse & Hound, once I gained on the Olympics.
Me as a teenager
Over the previous few years, I’ve observed a rise within the quantity of adverts that learn £POA. This makes shortlisting appropriate horses a lot tougher as a result of all you are able to do is guess what you assume the horse is price earlier than enquiring. You have got learn their 900 phrase advert that tells you in nice element every part you want to find out about their horse. However you might be then typically pressured to make up a purpose why it isnt’t appropriate for you whenever you ring them to investigate in order to not offend the proprietor by telling them that you just thought their horse was price £10Ok lower than what they’re asking. You then cling up the cellphone in embarrassment and pray that they don’t know anybody that you recognize and that you just gained’t ever have to talk to them once more.
Think about if you happen to had been in search of a second-hand automobile and on a automobile gross sales web site, and it simply stated POA. Would you not be delay by the truth that you needed to ask the worth when there have been different related vehicles which have costs on the adverts? You purchase a automobile in a really related manner — you will have an inventory of standards that you desire to the automobile to have; color, make, age, however finally, you don’t take a look at vehicles you can’t afford (just for extra subtle day dreaming functions). You choose the one which closets meets your needs and wishes that’s inside your value vary, you are taking it for a take a look at drive and purchase it if you happen to prefer it.
Having each purchased and offered horses, I do know that promoting a horse could be laborious work and it’s extremely irritating when you need to cope with the inevitable time wasters which might be on the market. Absolutely by promoting the worth you want to obtain on your horse would halve the quantity of calls that you just obtain kind those who simply wish to know the worth of the horse?
One other development that I’ve seen in adverts is individuals utilizing phrases like ‘appreciable value’ or ‘sizeable price ticket’. Is that this not the vaguest technique to promote a horse? What’s a substantial value? For some, cash isn’t any object and a substantial value could be £200Ok however it could nonetheless be reasonably priced to them. For others, £8K is a sizeable price ticket and is on the prime of their finances.
The outdated saying ‘a horse is barely price what somebody is prepared to pay’ is so true in exhibiting. I’ve purchased some excellent horses for a really affordable value however have equally seen some horses that I personally don’t like as a lot for double what I might pay, so there is no such thing as a manner you can guess what somebody thinks their horse is price.
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When in search of a horse for a shopper just lately, I got here throughout a number of adverts that had value bands as an alternative of a value. Confused, I adopted the hyperlinks to the sellers’ web sites the place the band value ranges had been proven. I do know the NHS have bands for his or her pay scales however I hadn’t realised that we’re promoting horse in an analogous manner now! To me, these sellers are actually generally known as ‘NHS sellers’ and if their horses are something like NHS employees, I fear that they’ll be overworked and wish a couple of days off once they arrive.
Briefly, it’s laborious sufficient to search out the precise horse that ticks all of the packing containers. Let’s simply all be upfront about how a lot cash we want in change for our prized equine and cease making it so difficult.
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