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post #11 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 05:30 PM
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horses are basically the same in all aspects except color

I find that a little hard to believe.
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post #12 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 05:33 PM
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I would not pay more of a colored horse. If there was a paint and a sorrel horse i would pay more for the sorrel.
But when i breed a horse i alway hope for roan, some people will pay a ton for that.
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post #13 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 05:46 PM
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Depends, I suppose. If I'm looking for a backyard horse to plod around on the trails with, I would not pay more for color. If I'm looking for my next show horse, yes, I would expect to pay more for color.
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post #14 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
horses are basically the same in all aspects except color

I find that a little hard to believe.
Saddlebag, this is a hypothetical case. A "what if". She's curious as to how many people would pay more for color, and if a color horse is expected to be priced higher.
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post #15 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 07:05 PM
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Most people do pay more for color... Whatever color appeals to them the most. I am lucky that I love brown/bay with no white markings. A Palomino will sell way quicker priced the same as a chestnut, with the same training.
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post #16 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 07:23 PM
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Well. If you're looking at them as breeding prospects, you'd probably want the nicer colored one. But let's say they're both geldings... if I could get just as much quality from a horse that was the color of dirt, I would not bother paying extra cash just to be able to make people feel jealous when I trot by.
However, other people do like when others oggle their shiny ponies, therefore, as breeding prospects, the nicer colored one is better if you plan on selling the offspring- since they're both quality horses, the offspring will most likely be quality, therefore they should sell at a good price anyway.
I wouldn't take the color into account for the babies either, though, especially if I gelded the baby, but again, that's really just me.
So basically, I wouldn't pay extra for color unless I was looking to breed with the goal of selling the baby, because others do like color... Although I would never breed if the horse didn't have very good conformation and temperament, anyway. Lol, I feel like I'm going in circles... sorry.

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post #17 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. My Sam is a red Dun with two white socks and a star and snip. My barn owner recently bought a training prospect that could pass as SAMs brother in body type and color.

But no chrome.

If I had to choose today between them I would choose Sam for his chrome, even if it was a bit more. I guess I like the wow factor. Lucky for me he's a great horse too!
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post #18 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 09:42 PM
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I would never pay more for color. Unfortunately, I just witnessed a good friend of mine overpay for a horse just because of his looks...she was out shopping for a trail horse, and we went to a horse trader's place to look at a couple of horses. She was choosing between a 7 year old black gelding, who was a great trail horse and nearly bombproof. He neck-reined well and was just a good horse, but wasn't too appealing to the eye. The other horse was a STUNNING buckskin, who was bigger, stockier, more muscular... just a beautiful horse. But he was four years old, and green broke. He was not what she was looking for, and was $700 dollars above her price range, but she was so taken by his beauty, she bought him. She has no idea how to train/finish a horse, and he will definitely be ruined from her inexperience (beleive me, I've seen her work with horses....). I am very dissapointed in people who buy horses for their looks. It is a very stupid thing to do.
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post #19 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 11:49 PM
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Unless I were going to show him/her and keep them blanketed....I would not pay xtra for a buckskin, no. I have a buckskin that slicks off in the spring to the most heavenly near metalic color I have ever seen, for two weeks it is fantabulous. It sunbleaches that fast. It goes to a pretty, but no where near as jaw dropping, lighter "buck" color.
Other colors of horses....I wouldn't trust my true reaction enough to say, "nah, color would have zero effect, I wouldn't pay more." Beauty sells, its a natural fact.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #20 of 21 Old 03-16-2012, 12:03 AM
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I think it would just depend on the horses feel and how well I could ride it. Doesn't matter how gorgeous, broke, proven, or fancy a horse is. If you can't ride it and you don't get along, you'll never be successful.

Just my 2 cents...

Although, who doesn't love a gorgeous horse? :)
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