Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
I'm utterly confused. If there is nothing wrong with these horses, then why would someone opt to pay you $1,500 for a "decently" broke animal that you paid a couple hundred dollars for? Why not just GO to the feedlot themselves and pick one up?
Simply because you don't know what you are getting until you get it home and then you own it. If it isn't what you expected, that's your problem.
Buying one from a rescue, you expect the horse to have been checked out by a vet, have it's initial shots, worming, teeth floated, fatten up, and ridden. You don't need to worry if the horse was Aced before getting to the sale and you can take your time riding him once or several times.
In the mean while, there is time, experience, and actual costs involved in getting the horse to where he is saleable. That is what you are paying for instead of taking a chance on the horse at a sale.
(When I lived in PA I used to go to Camelot and New Holland. I still get sale notices from Camelot!)