Originally Posted by AKPaintLover
:( she sold really fast! Sorry AK_showgirl... others will come along.
Question to anyone who might know. When a weanling that is usually priced between 8-10k, is being sold for 3k, is that really just due to a need to sell in a hurry, or is there likely some defect and they are trying to dump the baby??
What about yearling Oldenbergs or tb/Olds.that are selling for $2,500...does that generally reflect a lower quality? Or...are there legitimate reasons to sell decent horses for these prices?
Just wondering how to look for quality in these breeds without getting taken to the cleaners on price. :)
The market in Canada is slow; so if she didn't have the option to hold on to her, she might very well just opt to sell for cheaply just so that she can reduce her herd. She sounds like a quality girl; a score of 8 for the oldenburgs puts her just below premium rating, I believe. On the other hand, there MIGHT be something wrong with the horse now; not growing right, bad temperment, not up to her standards-whatever, something that would diminish the price in her view. From her pictures though, she appears to be a lovely girl, so I would bet that she does in fact need to sell her quickly. I don't think she'd be worth 10k even in a good market, but for sure 7-8k,
You are actually better buying yearlings then weanlings from a market point of view. Yearlings tend to be cheaper-generally because they don't look their best and look really awkward. But that being said, you have to know what you are looking at in a yearling before you buy.
I mean, really, would you have bought this fugly little creature?
But at 3, he had righted himself again ;)
So sometimes you can get luycky-especially with the small time breeders who only breed 1-2 foals a year. Alot of small time breeders seem to want to sell their horses at yearlings, realize that they look pitiful and ugly and lower the price.
You CAN get a good price on warmbloods-especially crosses. But just be aware of what you're buying. Bloodlines play a part in it; Rafaello is a lovely stallion, but isn't as well known as some others. His offspring is just starting to prove themselves, because he's a fairly young stallion himself. The fact that she's a TB cross will also lower her price. Especially since the bloodlines on her mnother's side aren't the greatest.
As for whether or not she'll make a good prospect, its a crapshoot. But because of her price, it might be worth taking, because I'm sure she'll turn out. Whether or not she has it in her to be a 4ft+ jumper remains to be seen, but she might veryl well turn out to be exactly what you want.