Curious How Much My Horses Are Worth
I'm not selling the first two anytime soon, but the third one, Casper, I have been thinking about selling. Anyway, I've always been curious as to what my horses might be worth, so do you want to take a gander?
Knight - Coming 20 year old Arabian gelding, 14.2 hh, bay with a star, stripe, snip and socks. Excellent ground manners. Loads, ties, leads, catches, and clips well. Also is great with dewormer and vaccinations. Is a little herd sour, but will ride out alone - it's a work in progress. Has been ridden western and English. Popped over small fences. Has never been lame in the time I have owned him, or sick. He's the friendliest horse I have. Goes barefoot. Does require grain to keep weight on. Tends to be low in pecking order. Knight has been trail ridden several times and shown at local shows. He has smooth gaits and is sensitive to legs and hands. He will throw in a crow-hop at the canter when he gets excited, but he has never offered to throw in a big buck or rear. Can be a bit spooky, but always gives fair warning before a spook. Is also great with kids on the lunge line. Goes by voice command.
Rusty - Coming 13 year old Quarter Horse gelding, 15.3hh red dun. Is built more like a racing type QH or Thoroughbred. Rusty has been trail riding extensively and has been camped with before. He crosses bridges, water, and logs all without batting an eye. Very rarely spooks and is always the horse I use in front to encourage less experienced horses to go over scary objects. Also has been tarped. Rusty is extremely traffic safe and has never spooked at fast passing cars, trucks, semis, tractors, or school buses. Can be ridden bareback in a halter easily. You can leave him in the pasture for months and then hop on him with no problem. He has no buck or rear. When he does spook, it's in place. Is safe for less experienced riders, though he can get a little strong at the canter.
Rusty also has show ring experience, primarily in English riding. He has been used at 4H shows. Is always very calm at shows and bathes and clips well. Rusty was started on jumping two years ago, and I believe this is his strongest area. He is a very enthusiastic jumper and is very honest to the jumps. Very rarely does he refuse to go over a fence. He has been jumped up to 3 foot with the ability to go higher. He has competed at schooling shows and B shows in hunter classes. He has the long strides of a hunter and the low head set as well. He rides best on a looser rein. I would almost call him point-and-shoot, as he is that honest to a jump. Has jumped over tires, hay bales, coops, and jumps covered by blankets as well. He picks up both canter leads well, and although he currently does not do flying lead changes, he could be taught easily. For jumping, I recommend an advanced beginner on up because he can be strong to the jumps if he hasn't been ridden in a while.
Rusty is pretty good on the ground, but he does need a firm handler or otherwise he will take advantage of certain situations. He ties, leads, grooms, has feet done, and takes wormer well. He is not fond of needles, however, so he does need a firm handler when vaccinating. Rusty trailers fairly well, but again, he does need someone to be firm with him about getting on the trailer, as he does tend to balk the first time you approach it. He's not afraid, he just plays games. Rusty does best with a slant load or stock trailer. He is a handful to get into a straight load and does not like to back out. Besides that, Rusty is very easy to catch out in the pasture and is very personable. He doesn't need shoes, but he does require grain to keep a good amount of weight on when he's in work. He is mid to top of the pecking order.
Rusty did sustain an injury a year and a half ago where he broke a bone in his hock area. I gave him six months off, and then began to ride him again. The vets did not know what his prognosis would be. He was cleared for regular work, including jumping, back in December, and the vet said that the arthritic changes in that area are very minor. Rusty has not showed any sign of lameness or discomfort at all - since he healed up he's never been sore or even stiff. He has not been injected, nor is he on any joint supplements at this time. His left hock is bigger than his right one, and the vets said that is due to scar tissue. A few bone fragments are also still in the area, but they have settled in an area where they will not bother Rusty or have to be removed.
Casper - Casper is a 12 year old Appendix gelding, 16hh grey horse. Casper has great ground manners and is an ex-show horse. He clips, bathes, loads, leads, ties, and catches well. He is great for the farrier and for the vet.
I would advertise Casper as a trail horse because he was diagnosed with navicular in December in his right front. With corrective trimming, he has been riding off sound at the walk, trot, and canter. However, he is reluctant to pick up his right lead, and I think at this point any type of regular or hard work would cause him soreness. With corrective shoeing, which I have yet to do, I expect he will be able to do a little more. However, his jumping career is probably over.
Casper since has been ridden out in a western saddle. He seems to do better without a bit than with one. He responds better to leg cues and will neck rein if you use your legs. I think he has potential to be a great western horse. His canter collects up well as does his trot. He is not easily spooked. However, he does require an experienced hand under saddle at this moment because he does buck at the canter and will try to turn around to go home. This has been pretty easily corrected with lots of leg. However, with rein, he will rear up. I think these behavioral problems could be corrected and he could be a nice trail horse or local show horse. Otherwise, he could be a great pasture pet for someone, even a kid, to work with on the ground.
Casper is an easy keeper but will probably require corrective shoes to be worked regularly. He is at the top of the pecking order.
So, what would you offer? Again, curiosity. Is it normal to ponder how much your horse is worth?