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Curtis Rabenberg from South Daktoa wrote on May 18, 2019:
I have a 1E/1655 of Item 1457 Patrol Horse dated 2003. It was in storage for several years and as far as I can tell is in mint condition. No cracks, chips, stains, etc. The only thing is that I do not have the original box for it. What would it be worth and where or to whom would I try to sell it? Appreciate any help. Thanks.
Response From Trailmaster:
Your best bet is to post it on eBay. That has become the go-to place for Painted Pony collectors who want to add to their collections, or replace broken pieces. As for its value, also consult eBay to see what a similar piece is going for. As with any collectible, you will need to balance what you think it’s worth, and what someone is willing to pay.

Jerry K Niepomnik from Spokane, WA wrote on May 14, 2019:
Have a hard time locating info of Bill Millers "Ghost Horse" item No. 12372.
Response From Trailmaster:
I'm afraid that Bill's "Ghost Horse" was retired years ago. You may be able to find one for sale on eBay.

Rhonda Tutwiler from TN wrote on May 03, 2019:
Do you intend on having the different positions in the Paint Your Own Pony figurines ever again? I would love to have 2 or 3 of the different styles. I have checked many times on E-Bay and have only found 1, which I already had. Thank you.
Response From Trailmaster:
Good question. We would like nothing more than to provide multiple horse forms for people to paint, but the reality we must deal with is that in order for us to keep the price on the Paint Your Own forms affordable, we must place a minimum order of 500. This makes it a challenge to have more than one form available to paint at one time.

Jen Ranney from Spokane, WA wrote on April 28, 2019:
Hello! I previously asked about ponies with no numbers. For clarification I am referring to War Pony and Karuna, which both are numbered (2970 and 2778 respectively) but there is no edition number. I heard this was an oversight during the beginning of production and only a few were produced before the error was caught, making them quite rare. Is this correct? If so, is there a way to find out the value? Thank you!
Response From Trailmaster:
You are correct in your understanding of what happened. You are also correct in thinking that this mistake created a group of Ponies that have a specially perceived value in the eyes of collectors. Just how much more value this adds to each piece is difficult to say. The best way to find out is to follow the sale of Painted Ponies on eBay and see what these are currently going for.

Margaret from Texas wrote on April 23, 2019:
Looked all thru your website. How do I go about ordering a retired pony? What is the process? Thank you.
Response From Trailmaster:
Generally when we retire a Pony it means that not only are we no longer producing that Pony, it means we are out of stock. But sometimes we still have a few on hand that we will continue to sell as long as they are still available. We usually include this information in the description of the Pony. We have not organized these into a distinct Retired category.

Kristin from Virginia wrote on April 21, 2019:
I have two painted pony lamps: Earth Wind and Fire & War Pony. Can you give me additional information on them? IE what they are worth, etc.
Response From Trailmaster:
We produced a series of Painted Pony lamps at one time, but have not produced them in years. So they are bonafide collector's pieces. As for what they are worth, there are no official guidelines but you may start them at twice what you paid, because they are not available anymore.

Jan Haden from Cartwright, ok wrote on April 17, 2019:
Is hop a long available
Response From Trailmaster:
Hopalong was a winning design submission that would be particularly appropriate as a gift at Easter. But no, it has not been crafted as a figurine. Yet

Jen from Spokane wrote on April 08, 2019:
I have a pony with no number and heard that is is one of the very first ponies made. Is that correct? Is there a way to find out the value? Perfect condition in the box.
Response From Trailmaster:
To answer this question we would need more information, beginning with the name of the Pony.

Dorothy A Townsend from California wrote on April 08, 2019:
I have a very large collection of first edition and retired painted ponies in original boxes. What is the best way to proceed in selling them? Individually or by collections?
Response From Trailmaster:
Probably individually. And once you have decided on pricing, please let us know. Sometimes we are interested in first edition Ponies.

Debra Derrick from Indiana wrote on March 26, 2019:
What year did ponies become available for purchase?
Response From Trailmaster:
Trail of Painted Ponies figurines were first introduced to the collecting world in January, 2003.