Horse appraisal: How much would you pay for this mare?
I bought Rizzo, my first horse, last September. I'm not biased in saying that she is the most talented horse at the barn- out of over 200 horses. She is 15.3 hands high, 1280 pounds, just turned 15 years old. Her feet are EXCELLENT, perfect natural shape. I don't have any conformation shots, but the vet says she's well-conformed, and she's never had a single injury. In her past, she has jumped up to 4'6 with a rider, shown in eventers and jumpers up to 4'3. She has an extended trot that scored nines in 2nd level Dressage tests. She doesn't bat an eye at anything- she very rarely spooks, and will jump absolutely anything. I mean ANYTHING. She's been on tons of trail rides with me, both by herself and with other horses, and she's excellent for the most part. I've ridden her everywhere- indoor arenas, outdoor rings, grass, sand, gravel roads, busy streets, residential areas, trails, past cyclists, joggers, cars, trailers, motorcycles, dogs, everything. I've ridden her English, western, bareback, sidesaddle, backwards, with a million different types of bridles, and with just a halter. She is a little lazy with just flatwork, but a rocket when you set up jumps, and forward on the trail. She is a little girthy, but would rather die than bite a person, and does kick at other horses, but never humans.
I'm perfectly aware that she is an absolute wonderhorse- the best first horse I could have ever gotten, and I'm extremely lucky to own her. However, after owning her for a while, I've realized that I really wanted a hunter, and she is 150% jumper. So I'm going to show her for the rest of this season, and then reassess if I want to keep her or sell her. But out of curiosity, I'd like to know roughly how much she's worth. I bought her for $5000, back when she was ridden less than once a week and weighed 1720 pounds!
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