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    04-23-2011, 05:46 PM
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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    04-23-2011, 05:51 PM
These jumps are either 3'6 or 3'9.
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    04-23-2011, 05:53 PM
He's a cutie and sounds great. Hmmm well the markets really down right now and but he has alot to offer he might have undesirable conformation to some people depending on their preference. How old is he? That can be a factor when thinking about a horses price. But a little more than what you payed for him is my guess like 5500 to 6000
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    04-23-2011, 06:08 PM
She's a 15 year old mare, but since she's a Warmblood, they don't hit their prime til later. I guarantee she has 10 more years of solid usefullness left in her. The market here in Alberta for horses basically doesn't fluctuate :P
    04-23-2011, 06:10 PM
What breed is she? Is she registered?
Is this her current weight in the photos?
    04-23-2011, 06:16 PM
She is half Hanoverian, half Paint, not registered, although we know her pedigree. The second and third photos are from last october, and all the rest are from this past week.
    04-23-2011, 06:19 PM
Warmbloods do not hit their prime till later. Like every other horse, their prime age is from 6-12.
I personally would only pay maybe $6000 for her, even in AB. I'm just at work now and will give my full critique on her later.
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    04-23-2011, 06:27 PM
Ok thank you.
    04-23-2011, 06:31 PM
She sounds great and I wish she wasnt... then maybe I would be able to afford her ;). Im thinking 6,000-6,500. She's so pretty!! In some of the pics she looks a little overweight or something. If she's still like that, maybe try to get her down a few pounds. I've heard the best time to sell a horse is in the summer and autumn.
    04-23-2011, 06:35 PM
I think you need to step back and look at her a little more objectively.
Right now she looks very overweight and seems to be moving in an inverted frame under saddle.

In a good market, her jumping ability may be able to get her 2.5-3k here.

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