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        07-02-2013, 02:35 AM
      #1
    Yearling
    How much you think he's worth?

    I am NOT thinking of selling. However, my mother and I were talking about our horses. We get our personal horses usually from friends for free/extremely cheap. We paid $300 for my horse, Sonny.

    We were trying to figure out, at full price, how much he'd go for logically. So, indulge us and give us your input.

    Stats:
    Sun Canyon Bluff (Sonny)
    Double registered Palomino/Quarter Horse
    15.3 hh
    17 years old
    Gelding
    Healthy weight
    Good overall health
    Good barn behavior

    Discipline:
    Barrel Racer (average time: 14.947)
    Western pleasure
    Very good trail horse

    Needs an intermediate - experienced rider unless he is being worked in the pasture
    5/6 on temperament scale

    Spooks at cattle and water but *will* tolerate them with encouragement
    Gentle and responsive with ground work
    Loads/unloads trailers flawlessly
    Plays well with others (very submissive to other horses)
    Difficult to catch (he likes to play a game where he lets you get close and then trots just out of reach).
    Not head shy
    Difficult to control if he bolts (thus why he needs an intermediate/experienced rider)
    LOVES to run. Clocked him at 45 MPH
    Does not bite/kick/rear/buck

         
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        07-02-2013, 07:36 AM
      #2
    Yearling
    I couldn't be sure what he would be worth in the you.S, but here in Ireland, you could probably ask 3000 euros for him. We like our palominos here, and also most horses here are spooky things anyway, due to the wind constantly blowing in!
         
        07-02-2013, 10:33 AM
      #3
    Yearling
    Well, where I'm located you'd probably get 2000 for him. I'm not sure about where you are though, I'm in Virginia and we've got mainly english horses going for those prices.
         
        07-02-2013, 12:49 PM
      #4
    Showing
    Down here in my part of TX, you would probably be lucky to get $1000-$1200 for him. While he sounds like a mostly good horse, the spookiness and bolting issue is a very big deal that there are not many people around here able to deal with or willing to correct something like that in a horse that age.
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        07-02-2013, 04:01 PM
      #5
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Down here in my part of TX, you would probably be lucky to get $1000-$1200 for him. While he sounds like a mostly good horse, the spookiness and bolting issue is a very big deal that there are not many people around here able to deal with or willing to correct something like that in a horse that age.
    He doesn't spook bad. He usually just stops, stares, and after turning him in a few tight circles, continues. The only issue is he does that every time. Even if he sees them when you're running him. He comes to a dead stop :p

    I'm up in Michigan where cattle aren't everywhere, but they're pretty common.
         
        07-02-2013, 04:01 PM
      #6
    Started
    If you paid $300 for him, then I'd think it about right. Few would want a horse with his listed problems, which could be potentially dangerous.

    Lizzie
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        07-02-2013, 04:14 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    No more than $1000, but likely more in the $500-$800 range. He's older, but not kid or husband safe, so there's not a whole lot of market for him in a market that is already bad. I also don't consider a spooky horse that has trouble crossing water and sometimes bolts a "good" trail horse, but that's just me. He is registered and a pretty color, so that helps a little bit. It might also help him go to a home that can't really handle his potentially dangerous habits.
         
        07-02-2013, 04:29 PM
      #8
    Super Moderator
    They had a younger barrel horse at an auction near us last year - no issues with anything, he was fizzy but OK with it and no spook, really responsive to ride. She didn't get a single bid on him.
    So many horses on the market with no problems now that its not easy to sell one that's got some
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        07-02-2013, 04:36 PM
      #9
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ForeverSunRider    
    He doesn't spook bad. He usually just stops, stares, and after turning him in a few tight circles, continues. The only issue is he does that every time. Even if he sees them when you're running him. He comes to a dead stop :p
    Unfortunately, behavior like this will lower his price even more. If he was a solid barrel horse, then you could likely get the price I mentioned even with the other spooking and bolting issues, but since he does this during a run too...that means that he's not even solid there.

    In that case, I'd agree with others, the price you paid for him is about par; $300-$500...maybe. Even that would likely be only for his color and the fact that he's papered. If he was a sorrel grade, he'd likely be priced as free.
         
        07-02-2013, 04:52 PM
      #10
    Trained
    He's worth what someone is willing to pay for him...
    Me, I wouldn't look at him if he was free, especially at his age.
    He looks healthy and attractive from what I can see in the photo. :)

    Maybe you should work on his quirks to get him worth more? If he were mine he'd be living with cows, sleeping in puddles, and learning to follow me around the pasture ready to be caught or else!
    As far as the bolting bit? I don't know, it's out of my expertise and I would never fully trust him.
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