Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Realistically, Canada is nowehere NEAR the production of horses as the US is. Obviously that's due to a drastic difference in population. You can't pick up a horse in my area for less then $400, and those are overproduced, albeit papered, stock horse weanlings. I paid $800 for my backyard bred unregistered Paint mare. In all actuality, backyard breeding is actually neccesary around here - we have a very small equine population, and due to the always ocurring natural cycle of things, it also means we have very little by way of "elite" breeding or showing going on. Most people paying big bucks for our Warmbloods are actually from out of province.
What we do have is a thriving number of people tiring of city living and looking into country living. You can make huge bucks on dead-broke old trail horses here - regardless of how fugly they are. Shay-la sold her pony mongrol foals as green-brokish semi-reliable trail horses at 3 years old. She got $2500 and $1500 for them.
It really depends on the locale. Hence why I plan on breeding my Arab mare, the very few Arabs we do have for sale I'm just not interested in. Again though, we have a registered Arabian gelding who's competed in a handful of endurance rides selling for $4,000!
Obviously this is going to change tons as these city gone country people starting making their own fugly misfits and the population grows, but for now, it just shocks me when I hear of trained horses selling for $50 at auction!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.