Originally Posted by noddy
I like to think I'm realistic about how much horses cost - I'm reminded of it every time I see warmblood youngsters sell for the price of my CAR.
Don't want to be the voice of negativity here but your comment above got me.
These 'expensive warmbloods' would be horses who have either 'done something' competitively, or have breeding to horses who have done something competitively. It's not the initial cost of a horse that costs - it's the ongoing, feed, VET BILLS, grazing etc...
In reality it is a struggle to sell horses here, especially of Kaimanawa origin - 'not flashy enough' and people can get them for next to nothing at the musters.
Having spent years rescuing horses, I would be very wary about breeding any horse unless you intend to keep it for life (as I am doing with Zephyr)
There is so much abuse in the horse industry that I, personally would not risk being responsible for the breeding of any horse who might well end up being subject to this abuse and I am not just talking about obvious abuse like starvation, bad training techniques etc....so much abuse comes from well meaning but ignorant people who haven't a clue and end up with horses foundering or developing stringhalt etc simply because people don't know how to feed them properly - don't get me started!!!
There are so many horses out here who just need great homes.
Lecture over sorry - can't help it - get a bit passionate about it.