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post #1 of 11 Old 01-16-2012, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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how much is my gelding worth?

I'm selling my gelding but it's my first time selling a horse and I'm not sure how much I could get for him. He's 10 yo, started on barrels at 3, but not much since then. He's been on trails and is a great horse when worked with consistently. He gets cold-backed if not worked with and hasn't been worked with much at all for 2 yrs. Needs intermediate to experienced rider. Grand-sire is Treasured, leading paint money earner of all time, and has Dash for Cash 3 generations back on dam's side, fastest racing QH of all time.

He's very sweet and friendly. Any ideas what I could price him at?
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-16-2012, 01:40 PM
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There are a lot of other variables to consider.

What is your general location?

What does the horse look like, how good is his conformation?

Is he actually registered?

What does he do when he's not been worked for a while, does his "cold back" basically amount to him moving stiff and puffed up for a few minutes or does he buck?

What is his level of training?

Does he neck rein?

Move off of legs?

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i'm located in southeast GA, he has good conformation, only thing to note there is his pasterns are a little weak. he is 15'1", brown and white tobiano. he is registered w/ the APHA.

if he hasn't been worked with for a long time he will buck when you first get on him, he needs an intermediate to advanced rider. when worked with consistently i have given a couple inexperienced friends "lessons" on him and he was perfectly calm. has been taken out on trails and through woods and bees and people screaming and was calm.

he had 60 days put on him as a 2 yr old and was started on barrels around 3 or 4. he hasn't had any professional training since then.

he does not neck rein. he will move off legs, is average when it comes to sensitivity to leg pressure.. just needs more training so he knows what he's really supposed to do.

picks up feet right away for cleaning and farrier, loads in trailer easily. utd on shots and has current coggins.

thanks for your help!
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-16-2012, 02:02 PM
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Well, around my area in the Texas Panhandle (I can't speak for yours), you would probably be lucky to get $200 for him. Not many people with the experience needed want to buy horses that need that amount of training on a horse that age. Most folks expect a 10 year old horse to be finished and rider-ready.

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Around my area (Eastern Great Lakes region), horses with similar qualities are listed for around $1000. Askin' ain't gettin', though, and not many horses are moving right now around here.

Me personally, I'd pay something like $5-700 for such a horse in my area. Like smrobs said, most people do expect a 10 y/o to be well broke, if not finished. Intermediate/advanced riders capable of handling what you describe are going to be looking at either putting more money into him for training, or putting a good bit of time into tuning him up and finishing him themselves for whatever job they want him for. That's going to drive the price down at the end of the day.

Good luck to you in selling him! Hopefully someone from your area will be able to give you a little more of an idea what the market is like in GA. In the meantime, you might try a site like to do a little research - do an advanced search with your horse's attributes and your area, and see what similar horses are going for.

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all I can say is good luck

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-16-2012, 09:48 PM
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Good Luck. Around here you could probably get about $500 out of him maybe a little more, if you rode him. Your best chance of selling him, would be to get you or someone else to ride him around get him back into riding, which would help, your never sell him unless people can ride him before buying.

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post #8 of 11 Old 01-16-2012, 10:01 PM
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If you truly want to sell him, get some miles put back on him and polish him back up. Right now he is not all that marketable, imo, but that could easily change with a little time and effort -- the return on investment, for which, I think would be quite beneficial to you.
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What I hear, from a buyer perspective is that he has had a little work done as a youngster, but very little after that. He has not even been ridden enough to be predictable. Even though he has been on some trails and may eventually become a good trail horse, he has not yet been ridden enough to really understand leg pressure, does not neck rein and has a little buck in him. Oh yeah, and the fact that he has not been ridden in two years throws up MAJOR red flags for me. It makes me think he may have more than a little buck in him.

You may get lucky and find someone who wants a project horse, but otherwise he will be hard to sell at any price, IMO.

If he is an easy keeper and you aren't afraid of him, it may be worth it to put some more time in him. I can't help but wonder though, why hasn't he been ridden in two years?
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-16-2012, 10:32 PM
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I'm also from GA, you can't be far from me either...The market here isn't great and people are giving away horses who are broke and have more experience than your gelding. Your best bet is to work with him and get him neck reining and where he won't buck and act out, at all, and try to market him. I doubt you'll get much for him at all but good luck.

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