It’s a time constraint thing more than anything. I keep my horses at home and do all the training myself, so there is no huge expense to keep her longer and put some more training into her. However I have a full time job, a farm to manage, lessons to teach, clients’ horses to ride and 2 other horses of my own to ride. So every ride I put on this filly means one my day that I don’t get to ride or train one of my “keeper” horses, thus my motivation to rehome this filly quickly.[/QUOTE]
I completely understand time constraints, but I think you need to get her going in order to sell her this fall/winter. Short term hassle for long term gain in time and money.
I was horse shopping this time last year, and I considered some 2 and 3 year olds. While I was willing to buy the ‘right’ 2 year old without sitting on it, when looking at 3 year olds, I expected them to be at least backed unless there was a very good reason. As an amateur who owns one horse, I really do value being able to sit on the horse before purchasing even if it comes as a higher price.
It may not be ‘fair’ but people will inevitably wonder why a 3 year old with a disclosed “issue/non-issue” has not been started, particularly if she is owned by a professional. I think this is particularly true for buyers who may not have any knowledge regarding the surgery - they may wonder whether you have not put her in work because of the surgery or concerns that she will not hold up to work. There are lots of horses for sale, so it can be enough to strike a horse off the list and prevent a potentially good buyer from doing further research regarding the surgery and its implications.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t a buyer out there for her at her current level of training and at her current price point…but I do think its tough market, and you would do better with her started.