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Selling Tips: What Shoppers Want

March 14, 2013


Some common sense suggestions for our sellers - if you're looking to improve your horse's chances of selling on Bigeq, we recommend the following:


• VIDEOS SELL - if a horse does not have a video at all, or the video quality is poor (no zoom, shaky, annoying music, etc.), users tend to just close the video and move on to another horse. This happens even when the horse has gorgeous photos. That video is GOLD if it's good. Take the time to either make or purchase a high quality video of your horse.

• PHOTOS ARE ATTENTION-GETTERS - make sure you take or purchase a quality photo. DO NOT use proofs, we will ask you to remove them, and frankly it makes you look dishonest and cheap (even if you've purchased a non-proofed version of the photo - no one knows that but you). Select the primary photo carefully - remember your horse is being compared to the ones directly above and below it. Don't be the one with the ugly or otherwise boring photo. If you don't have a nice jumping shot, clean up your horse on a sunny day and take a conformation picture against a plain background. Avoid headshots or casual candids around the barn.

• CHECK YOUR MESSAGES - Make sure you're receiving inquiries through our message system. Sometimes sellers do not respond to inquiries; as a buyer it's frustrating and as a seller you're losing a possible sale. If you're selling a horse on Bigeq, absolutely make sure our email address is in your address book. Otherwise, all those inquiries might be going to your spam box. If you're not getting any emails from us, log in to your account on and check whether you've received any messages (the messages link is at the very top of the page when you log on).

• INQUIRE - if you put "INQUIRE" you might get fewer inquiries, especially if your horse is under $50,000. Typically, the word 'inquire' when associated with horse ads means it's very pricey. Don't scare away potential buyers. We always recommend that sellers show the price range or the actual price, and allow the 'inquire' option as a courtesy to those who truly want the price hidden.

• SPREAD THE WORD - if you use to buy or sell, tell your friends about it. We've got a great community of buyers and sellers here, but there are still people who don't know about us. The more you get out the word, the more people use the site, and the more we can help connect buyers and sellers with the right horses. It's win-win for everyone!

Shoppers, if you have any other suggestions, drop us an email and we'll share it with our sellers!

Happy buying and selling all those beautiful hunter/jumper horses and ponies.


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Show Shots: Lillie Keenan and Levistano 2

March 9, 2013


We just love to go back to our roots; a passion for the equitation classes. Our website, is after all, named after our favorite division. :) Today's Sam Edelman Equitation Classic was absolutely wonderful. It was so great to see the kids and horses galloping around an open field negotiating some challenging course elements on the derby field. We've got utter respect for the ten ribbon winners, it was a tough class!

Lillie Keenan and Levistano 2 turned in two dominating performances to win the Equitation Classic. Scoring 89 in both rounds, Keenan and her bay equitation horse mastered both the first and second round courses with style and confidence, jumping several derby-style obstacles, including an open water jump, a double combination with liverpools, and banks with effortless style.

Lillie and Levistano 2 are pictured here in the second round. Talk about the picture of perfection:



Congratulations Lillie! We'll soon be posting more photos from this class on our Facebook page. We've also got lots more pictures from WEF 2013 already posted, so stop by and take a look! Facebook Page


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Show Shots: Flying

Feb. 19, 2013


Are you enjoying our photos from WEF?! :) There are so many beautiful horses and excellent riders to see in Wellington. We've been running for just about 14 years now (WOW!), and at the end of the day it's our love for the hunter/jumper horse - that beautiful form of a horse flying over a fence - that underlies our passion for the website and the hunter/jumper sales industry. We hope you'll continue to support our business and we hope in turn that we'll continue to help you buy and sell your lovely mounts for years to come. Thank you to our wonderful visitors, loyal customers, buyers, sellers and fellow hunter/jumper enthusiasts!



Here's one of our most popular photos... junior rider Katherine Strauss on her chestnut junior hunter Rapuzel. For more photos and albums from WEF, please like our Facebook page, subscribe to our Tumblr page or subscribe to our Instagram account (under 'bigeq').


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Follow on Instagram

Jan. 28, 2013

Hi all,

we've begun using instagram (yay!) and are posting some of our favorite and most artsy hunter/jumper photos from the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. if you'd like to follow us, please subscribe to 'bigeq'. We hope you enjoy the pretty photos and gorgeous horses! You can sample our photos here:


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Show Shots: David Oliynyk and Generous

Jan. 16, 2013


Stopped by the Performance Hunters for a few minutes and snapped this lovely shot of David Oliynyk and Generous, a Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Lori Gaudet.


For more pics, like our Facebook page!


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Show Shots: Dashing and Clementina Brown

Jan. 13, 2013


Here's a lovely photo from the amateur-owner hunters today:

Dashing and Clementina Brown. This beautiful bay is a 2007 Holsteiner Gelding.

For more photos from the amateur divisions at WEF, please visit our Facebook page!


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Show Shots: Zhum CW & McLain Ward

Jan. 13, 2013

Here's a lovely shot of the super athletic Zhum CW and McLain Ward - on their way to winning the Saturday 1.50 jumper class at WEF.


For more photos from the 1.50m class and some pics from the 7y/o class, please visit our Facebook page!


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"Latest Listings" Newsfeed on Facebook

Dec. 6, 2012

Hey y'all!

If you want to get an update every time a horse is listed on, you can now "like" our new Facebook page: "Latest Listings". You will get new horses for sale directly to your Facebook newsfeed, including the name, height, price and photo.

You can go directly to the page here:

Happy horse shopping! Enjoy!


Posted in Bigeq Online Selling Tips ,

Serious Inquiries Only

Dec. 4, 2012


it has recently come to our attention that there are users under 18 who have registered accounts and are making inquiries about horses. Please be reminded that in order to register an account on, you must be 18 years or older. Please do not contact sellers unless you are actively looking to purchase or lease a horse listed on our site.

Sellers, if you have received an inquiry from someone you believe is underage or otherwise not serious, please let us know about it - we can contact them and suspend the account. We want to make sure the buying and selling experience is as easy and straightforward as possible, so we're committed to making sure you're getting the high quality and serious inquiries you want.

Thanks! Happy selling!


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Capital Challenge Ribbons

Sept. 30, 2012


We looove us some pretty horse show ribbons... and the awards table at the Capital Challenge is just so scrumptious!








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