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    06-18-2011, 03:50 PM
How much should I expect to pay?

I am looking for my first horse. I am fine with anything up to 15 years of age that is sound, calm, and SAFE. I also need something that is 16-ish hands. I need something to build confidence, and to potentially compete in lower level Dressage-so something that is trained somewhat is a must. But I also want a versatile horse that I can take on trails. I am in the Tampa, FL area-will be boarding at an upscale Dressage barn with an excellent trainer that can help me make the best horse decision. I have just started lessons and am in NO HURRY, as I want to make a good choice. I also love the thought of taking on a horse that someone has outgrown and wants to go to an excellent home with a caring owner. Can anyone give me an idea of what I would be paying?
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    06-19-2011, 08:24 AM
25 views and no comments? Maybe my question was to area specific. Maybe I could ask in YOUR area what you would expect to pay?
    06-19-2011, 08:44 AM
In my area, you could find that horse for between eight and twelve hundred dollars. Good luck. Susan
    06-19-2011, 09:04 AM
I have the horse for you !! Too bad I live all the way in wisconsin !! Im selling mine for $5000
    06-19-2011, 09:07 AM
Just curious-can you tell me about that horse?
    06-19-2011, 09:17 AM
6yo bay registered QH gelding [full qh -AQHA, although he is built like a TB] broke western and english. He is an ex race horse, and has also worked cattle. Potential event horse and has a lot of experience fox hunting - first and second field and whipper in. Jumps 2'6" in the arena, but has jumped 3'6" hunting. Great all arounder, kid safe, trail safe. I can load and trailer him by myself, ties, clips, stands for farrier and vet.
    06-19-2011, 09:19 AM
He is a youngster! Sounds great-why are you selling him?
    06-19-2011, 09:23 AM
Forgot to add he's 16hh.

My friend gave him to me to sell, well she sold him to me for a dollar. If I had the money [and a bit more time] I would keep him. I LOVE this horse ! He is so cute, sweet, and the most honest animal I have ever worked with. Its not fair to him right now, because I don't have the time for him that he's deserves.
    06-19-2011, 09:49 AM
Green Broke
Hi, welcome to the forum!

I am going to assume that by low level dressage you mean Level 1-2. For that level most any breed will suit as long as it satisfies your other requirements, here in Texas horses are going cheap cheap cheap. Particularly TB's. You can pick up a TB off the track that has had some schooling and is ready to go out and compete in Intro/Level 1 for under $2000 but they would require ongoing training, not sure if that is something you are interested in.

For something that is trained already, level 2 and above WB's are going for $10,000 and up. Having said that I was offered a TB/WB cross that had competed at level 2 for free last year, it just depends on the timing!

I would talk to as many people in your area as you can, word of mouth is the best way to find horses.
    06-19-2011, 11:43 AM
Thank You sarahver-I think Florida and Texas may sound very similar as far as the horse market. I would not mind a very calm OTTB-and that is more in my price range than the WB's you see. I really want to give a good deserving horse a good home. I will be boarding at a facility with a trainer, so training should not be an issue. I really appreciate the responses.

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