This might come off as a bit of a rant ;0) I'm very frustrated.
I bought a mare last year who had been put out to pasture and was being used as a broodmare, she was 13. She was broke to ride and the owners grandfather did a really good job because she went back to riding like she had been doing it all her life. I got a really good deal and she only cost 500 dollars. Unfortunately she passed away, we suspect she ate some black cherry. I was unaware that I had some on my property.
So I'm on the hunt to find another horse. I've been looking for about 6 months. I have to confess I like a horse that knows stop. I think most horses should come with a no buck, rear, bite, or kick at the starting price of 500 dollars, maybe I'm naive but it should be standard
. At a 1000 dollars for a gelding it should know stop. If its a registered mare then ok 1500. I'm looking for a trail riding horse and I think non spooky should come standard. I mean if your advertising your horse as a jumper then it should have cleared a few jumps, or some collection should be put on the horse for the dressage rider.
If your selling a horse that is 19 years old and is a gelding, it's a little daunting to pay a couple thousand dollars. I personally wouldn't want to breed a horse but the buyer can't know that for sure so I understand if mares are priced higher.
Case in point I have a 5 year old gelding, he is a nice horse but he likes to test his rider at the canter and is still just a little spooky. He does great with a experienced rider, or one without the fear of hitting the ground. He can trail ride all day, in fact he went out in one day with 3 different riders on three different trail rides with the last one being almost 5 hours long. I listed him for 600 dollars. I'm realistic about him, he is a gelding so he isn't going to be passing anything on.
I'm willing to pay 1500 dollars for a horse but at that price they should know stop, and if your listing them as a trail horse they shouldn't be spooky.
Just a rant. Maybe I'm asking too much and if so let me know.