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post #11 of 18 Old 02-15-2010, 03:58 PM
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I think there is a market for TWH trail horses already, at least in the west.

I frequently see people asking $5000 or better for gaited horses like Foxtrotters and Walking horses. And I don't mean show horses, just trail horses.

I totally lucked out and got a 15yr old Foxtrotter mare for $500. But I keep hearing about people who go back to Missouri or Kentucky or whereever and bring back trailer loads of gaited horses to sell out west. That's kind of the story with my $500 Foxtrotter except she was used as a rental horse and broodmare for a while, so I guess they didn't feel like they needed to make more off of her. They told me they were selling off their mares. They had a bunch of different breeds and grade horses, so I don't think they thought the gaited horses were special, just trying to sell off some excess horses.

My neighbor whom I ride with who has Foxtrotters and a Walker, when she lived in California, knew a guy that would go back and buy gaited horses to resell in California. So, at least in the west, gaited horses usually cost way more than say an average trail horse.

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post #12 of 18 Old 02-16-2010, 12:31 PM
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You're right - that just goes to show that the TWHBEA thinks the performance Walkers make up the entire breed.

And of course there's no market for Big Lick Walkers outside of Tennessee. What on earth could you use a horse for that can only gait or canter for 80 seconds before you have to either walk them or stop them and let them blow?
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post #13 of 18 Old 02-16-2010, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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I think there is a market for TWH trail horses already, at least in the west.

I frequently see people asking $5000 or better for gaited horses like Foxtrotters and Walking horses. And I don't mean show horses, just trail horses.

I totally lucked out and got a 15yr old Foxtrotter mare for $500. But I keep hearing about people who go back to Missouri or Kentucky or whereever and bring back trailer loads of gaited horses to sell out west. That's kind of the story with my $500 Foxtrotter except she was used as a rental horse and broodmare for a while, so I guess they didn't feel like they needed to make more off of her. They told me they were selling off their mares. They had a bunch of different breeds and grade horses, so I don't think they thought the gaited horses were special, just trying to sell off some excess horses.

My neighbor whom I ride with who has Foxtrotters and a Walker, when she lived in California, knew a guy that would go back and buy gaited horses to resell in California. So, at least in the west, gaited horses usually cost way more than say an average trail horse.
I've heard other people talk about similar situations. . .even owners of some of the larger guest ranches and trail riding outfits bringing a trailer load of TWHs and other easy-gaited breeds back west.

And I agree with others. . .that those higher-ups in the TWHBEA who support the Big Lick really don't care about the fact that the majority of TWHs in this country (and their owners) are not Performance/Padded horses. Our money is just as good, and they still want our money, but without giving us much of anything in return.
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post #14 of 18 Old 02-16-2010, 02:26 PM
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the big lick horses are still going for 10,000 + but i went to an auction last weekend and i watched a tn walker,reg. and just needed some more weight put on him . go for 27.00 its a good thing i didnt bring my trailer because i wouldve took several of them home! the regular tn walkers are selling for nothing at all. a shown flat shod tn walker that has dne well is selling for 1000.00 or less. also did you now that tennessee is known for its backyard horses?

its horse show time in tennessee!!!!!!!
what im not paranoid!!! ....whos asking???
proud to be a southerner!!!
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post #15 of 18 Old 02-17-2010, 12:34 AM
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Well, if you didn't have pads and chains you wouldn't have a big-lick show LoL.


Yeah, God forbid that those that show the TWH in the big lick shows actually have to train them for anything.
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post #16 of 18 Old 02-17-2010, 03:38 AM
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EXACTLY^^^ Can anyone say lookin' for big easy money by abusing horses?

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post #17 of 18 Old 02-17-2010, 06:31 PM
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Well that is the perplexing part to me, there really is not "big money" in big-lick horses. Sure there is some money in it, but it pales in comparison to what you see in the QH world. There are plenty of rich people in the TWH show world, but none of them became rich that way as far as I can tell, at least not recently. If current trends continue I suppose at some point there will not be enough money left in that part of the TWH industry to make it worthwhile to continue.
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post #18 of 18 Old 02-17-2010, 06:44 PM
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That is a good thing, see hard times do bring forth progress.

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