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post #1 of 24 Old 07-01-2013, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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What are the most and least expensive breeds, generally?

I saw a horse listed for $175,000. It got me thinking. In general (not extremes), which are the priciest and least expensive horse breeds?

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post #2 of 24 Old 07-01-2013, 10:20 PM
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It's going to vary based on where you are. For example if you're near areas that have TB racing, you can get an OTTB for free or cheap but if you're in cow country, TBs may not be so plentiful. Gypsy Vanners are trendy right now which jacks up their price. Some breeds like Fresians also often carry a hefty price tag.

Edited to add: overall I think TBs are most expensive and least expensive. A race horse can be sold for millions and a couple years down the road be given away as a freebie.
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post #3 of 24 Old 07-01-2013, 10:24 PM
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Depends on where you live.

Around here, you can buy a good old trail happy TWH for $300 or less. Horses go cheap in general in central Georgia. The most expensive thing you can get locally is a well finished reining horse. They go for $2000-3000.

To make money, we buy horses in south Georgia, and then turn around and sell them for $1000 more in Atlanta.
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post #4 of 24 Old 07-01-2013, 10:30 PM
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As a broad generalization, the commonest (and therefore most plentiful) breeds tend to be the least expensive (eg quarter horses and Arabians); there are "vogue" breeds, if you will, that fall in and out of fashion (eg vanners) and so does their price tag; there are "specialty" breeds (when they are sound and in working condition) that tend to be mid range to expensive as they are usually used for competition (eg various warmbloods). Then there are individuals of great talent in any breed that command high prices based on their own merits of ability, conformation and blood lines to some degree.

And we shouldn't forget the lowly grade horse that, while frequently low in price tag, is priceless to its owner because it will safely and happily pack them around.
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I don't know about cheapest in my area, well besides miniature horses but the most expensive are warmbloods.
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Cheapest around here are grades and QH's, most expensive are warmbloods.
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post #7 of 24 Old 07-02-2013, 12:00 AM
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I think the cheapest around here are Standardbreds. People can't seem to give them away. The most expensive are the Warmbloods.
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post #8 of 24 Old 07-02-2013, 01:45 AM
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The cheapest horses, are usually crossbreds or irresponsibly bred purebreds, which are a conformation nightmare and have had no training or decent care and if a male, is ungelded. Such horses are often dumped or given away free.

Next would be purebreds of any breed, which are to be found in rescues or auctions. In the last few years, some very nice horses and many with papers, have been found in auctions.

After that I think, it would be plentiful breeds in a given area or country. What is common and cheap in one country, could command a larger price where they are uncommon and have a following.

A good horse in any breed, which has been handled and trained, could command a price many times more than the same horse with no training. A stallion who has made a name for himself in most breeds, with offspring to prove his worth, can command a high price.

Wealthy farms with a history of producing excellent stock and an enormous advertising budget, will usually ask and get, more for their stock.

Certain Warmbloods, have usually fetched quite high prices. And by 'Warmblood', I don't mean any old light horse x draft, which many seem to immediately think are Warmbloods.

So most of the time, you can't just go by breed. In every breed, you will find very expensive, less so and bargains. And like everything, it is often a case of supply and demand.

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post #9 of 24 Old 07-02-2013, 03:08 AM
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There are plenty of TB's worth millions of dollars. The most expensive animals in the world have been TB stallions. Some QH stallions and a few Arabians have commanded millions of dollars. I dont know of any other breeds that have consistently sold for 7 figures.
Then again you can buy Arabs, QH's and TB's for a couple of hundred dollars any day also. Shalom
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post #10 of 24 Old 07-02-2013, 09:36 AM
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Least expensive around here is probably OTTBs. We've got plenty that need to be adopted...I'd say second is Tennessee Walkers, we've got oodles of them.
Most expensive is definitely warmbloods.
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