So I've been riding for 2 1/2 years now, I'm 41 years old and I'm soooo ready to buy my first horse. I've been taking lessons at this small farm that I found. I had told the owner/trainer that I was looking for a horse somewhere in the $2000 range. I don't care about breed, sex or color. Even age is fine though I preferred a horse over 10 years old. The horse doesn't have to excel in any area. All I wanted was a good steady horse for pleasure riding. I do mostly english riding, flat only and I want a horse I can perfect my w/t/c and good riding skills like lateral flexion, leg yielding just basics. I also like trail riding for pleasure.
So I've been riding this great horse for a couple of months. He's a grade horse but they think he's quarter horse. He looks kind of drafty with a big roman nose and big chest. He's 15, chestnut and a real sweet guy.
While I didn't care about bloodlines I thought it would have been nice to have a registered horse if only to know his exact birthday. But I guess I was thinking that since this horse had no papers and was just a good all around pleasure horse that his price would be something like $1000? Maybe $1500. Well I get ready to put a deposit on him and she tells me he's $3700.
The thing is, when I first started a couple of months ago I told her that I wanted a horse around 2k and she said she had plenty in that range. But then from my first day of lessons, I've been riding this guy. And I just assumed he was in that range.
So in your opinions, is there a situation where a grade quarter horse can be worth $3700? He does have such a great temperament and he will ride western on the trail and english in the ring. He doesn't jump but that's fine because I don't either. I asked the trainer about why his price was so high and she said that because he's a good horse and I can buy a cheaper horse but get injured and pay more in hospital bills in the long run, which is true.
I'm going to buy this guy because I really like him and he's perfect for me. I just feel a little taken back by the price. I am in Virginia so prices are higher here.
I don't want to sound like a complainer. I'm really happy, believe me! I just wanted to share and see if this happened to anyone else. Lesson learned.....always find out price ahead of time!