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post #1 of 19 Old 07-28-2013, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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"Horses Aren't Worth Anything Here"

Before I head off to work, I wanted to put a question out there that's been bugging me for quite some time.

I moved to this region about seven years ago. (I don't own a horse and never have.) In the place I lived before, near some fairly large cities, horses generally sold for around $5000. Not that I was looking to buy, but I still liked reading the ads and do so even now.

Where I moved to is much more agricultural with farms surrounding the towns. Lots of crops and livestock. Lots of horses.

Not long after moving I had a dream where I was with some woman and the subject of horses came up. She said, "Oh, horses aren't worth anything here." What's so strange about that dream was that I've found it to be true!

Even though plenty of people around here have horses, and most look healthy and well cared for, there are not a lot of horse-related businesses here. The few independent tack shops that used to be here have all folded. Horses themselves are usually offered for as low as $300-$500- and these are quality horses. Occasionally I'll see an ad for one selling for a few thousand, but these are usually the high-end show quality animals or fancy unusual breeds. I could easily afford the purchase price of a horse here, but boarding and upkeep are a different story.

I also cannot sell my handcrafted horses here worth a darn. In my old area there was a lot of interest and I sold quite a few. Here they're nothing.

A customer in my store a couple of weeks ago told me she used to breed horses, but "they just don't do good here". Hmm, sounds a lot like that dream I had!

I'm puzzled. It's not that people here don't have the money, it's more like there just is a lack of interest in horses even though they are everywhere. Yet, so are dogs, and there is always plenty of interest in dogs and too many doggy businesses to count!

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post #2 of 19 Old 07-28-2013, 01:06 PM
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I`m sure almost anyone could afford the down payment of the horse itself, but with the price it costs to feed them, board them, vet, and farrier, they really aren`t worth anything to most people. Down here they`re going for next to nothing for that very reason.
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post #3 of 19 Old 07-28-2013, 01:15 PM
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It happens. Just because horses are present doesn't mean that the owners or bystanders are interested. To many they are "just horses", nothing special.
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post #4 of 19 Old 07-28-2013, 01:20 PM
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The breeding business is still very weak here and there is little $$ in it. One of the better niche markets is for seasoned, "bombproof" 12+ yr old horses. Lots of middle aged folks that are tired of eating dust riding their "bargain" horses.
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post #5 of 19 Old 07-28-2013, 01:59 PM
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Where I moved to is much more agricultural with farms surrounding the towns. Lots of crops and livestock. Lots of horses.
Basic economics, isn't it? Supply & demand in action.

Now if you're interested in a horse as something to ride, either for pleasure or for work around the ranch, what's the point of buying expensive show horses? Or spending money on fancy new tack, when granddad's old saddle is still out in the shed?

Flip the question around, and ask how much of the higher-end horse market is driven not by enjoyment of horses, but by competitive status-seeking.

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I could easily afford the purchase price of a horse here, but boarding and upkeep are a different story
Yeah, as I used to tell my horsey friend, if you buy all the other stuff, they should just throw in the horse for free. Then she talked me into adopting one of those "free" horses...
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post #6 of 19 Old 07-28-2013, 06:49 PM
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Personally I don't believe in giving thousands of dollars for a horse. No person deserves that much money for a horse that they are just passing along (unless of course they trained the horse themselves). I'm still baffled at some ads I have seen. The worst was a $130,000 horse that was around 10 and knew absolutely nothing! Some people these days! 8/
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The worst was a $130,000 horse that was around 10 and knew absolutely nothing! Some people these days! 8/
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O.O I thought the ads asking $1000 for unbroke mature horses was bad!

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Lol ikr! , you just gotta look in the right places to find the really bad ads tho! Like the horses that are priced high only because their great (x10) grandparents were well known. I get a kick out of reading them!
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Lol ikr! , you just gotta look in the right places to find the really bad ads tho! Like the horses that are priced high only because their great (x10) grandparents were well known. I get a kick out of reading them!
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Well, I know what I'm doing to keep myself entertained tonight
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post #10 of 19 Old 07-28-2013, 07:18 PM
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I also cannot sell my handcrafted horses here worth a darn. In my old area there was a lot of interest and I sold quite a few. Here they're nothing.
Could you set up an on line store of your handcrafted horses? The internet gets to all regions, not just the one you live in

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