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post #21 of 31 Old 12-18-2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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My "general" area is Vancouver, BC Canada. Full board in the suburbs starts at about $300, but is an hour drive from where I live. There are 2 facilites very near my apartment, one is amazing but is $1000/month with two indoor and one outdoor arenas. The second one is smaller and simpler with one indoor (it rains here 350 days of the year, so indoor is manditory) which is $750/month.

Also, what quality of horse will I get for $5000?
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post #22 of 31 Old 12-18-2012, 03:36 PM
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That would depend on whether you want to get something young with the basics that you can bring along or something a little older, well trained and shown.

Here are a couple in your general area some a little higher in price but just to give you an idea. (Some are on the island)

HCBC Forums • View topic - Fancy hunter or event prospect
HCBC Forums • View topic - Lovely h/j or event prospect- reduced/or trade
HCBC Forums • View topic - Gorgeous 8 year old 16.3 Thoroughbred Mare for sale
HCBC Forums • View topic - 4 year old 15.2hh WB/TB Gelding for Sale
HCBC Forums • View topic - warmblood horses for sale
HCBC Forums • View topic - Big warmblood for sale/ lease

In this area however, anything with a warmblood registration and some talent and training is typically going to be $10k+.

Good luck with your search!
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post #23 of 31 Old 12-18-2012, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the links Kenda, I have been stalking these sites for years ; ) I am leaning toward an appendix that way I get the best of both worlds.

So far I have $18,000 saved but want to keep a big chunk of it for horse related emergencies : )

Does anyone have an appendix who does well in dressage?
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post #24 of 31 Old 12-18-2012, 05:39 PM
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I've always wanted an Appendix since I found out what they were. Even better I wanted a buckskin Appendix.

If you wanted to compete at lower levels you'd probably do fine, but if you want to be really competitive and move up you're going to need something with the movement and ability to collect and extend really well. You may find an appendix with that ability, but it's more likely to be the exception rather than the rule.
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post #25 of 31 Old 12-18-2012, 06:01 PM
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I've been a husband for a pretty good while now.......I'd break my neck to get what my wife really wants.

That said, we have 3 horses....and think I enjoy them every bit as much if not more than my wife.

We own our place....paid off....nothing fancy or large but it's ours. That's why I agreed to a horse...

I wouldn't have them if I had to board them as I wouldn't want the monthly payments and suspect that's probably what your husband is looking at.

I know how much we spend on our hobby and the cost of the horse is the least of it. We've driven round trip to a trail head many, many weekends this year.......wife has 5 blankets and three saddles and still want's a different saddle.....the accessories are the real cost.....

Hit hard times and you've still got to come up with the payment.

How about rolling the cost of the board into buying a place you can keep a horse....take what you're paying for rent or mortage now, add the cost of the lease and you might find that you can afford a place where you can keep a horse or two.....or three....

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post #26 of 31 Old 12-18-2012, 06:55 PM
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While that is a great suggestion, in this area its probably not feasible. To afford to buy (or even rent) a place with any kind of land (that isn't a total dump) she'd have to move at least an hour away from Vancouver(probably closer to two hours actually). Real estate in this area is ridiculous, and to get more than half an acre you're looking at $600,000+++ and thats in the outlying areas around Vancouver, not in Vancouver itself. To get something you could actually keep a horse or two on, you're probably looking closer to $750,000 - $1,000,000 and you might still have to build facilities.
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post #27 of 31 Old 12-19-2012, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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You are right Kenda, we own a tiny 800 square foot apartment that cost more than a third of a million! The market has slowed down a bit though and at least interest rates of gone down, but there is no way we can buy a house let alone an acre : ) Here is the facility I want to keep my future horse at and the second link is of the really nice on close to my house too.

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post #28 of 31 Old 12-19-2012, 02:49 PM
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For 5k you should be able to find a decent horse. It might be young with little experience, especially if you are looking for a warmblood. But it is defiantly doable. Their are many other breeds that are good for dressage and can be less money. So here comes my next question. I see horses in my area for sale for around $5,000 (which would be near the max of my price range). Can I get a good all around horse with some dressage training for that price?

I am not 100% sure for your area but judging by the board cost shoes should cost around $170 for all 4. Unless the horse needs pads or something special.
Deworming can be done by the vet with shots for about $30, or you can do it yourself for around $5-$15 4 times a year, or you can feed a supplement for it which usually seems to cost more.
Teeth float is about every 2 years and would be about $200-$250. Spring shots are cheaper and usually around $20-$30 while fall shots are more expensive around $50.
Horse health insurance really varies by what you want covered and how much you insure your horse for. I would call around to get pricing it can be anywhere from $90-$500. You also usually have to pay a fee if you want to use it. For instance if you horse colics you might have to pay $250 but they will cover the surgery to $7k.
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post #29 of 31 Old 12-19-2012, 04:39 PM
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No one can say what $5000 will buy in your area. Roughly, for that amount I'd say you can get something fancy but very green (or unbroke even), or something broke, but not fancy. Kind of a solid low level all-rounder, but you'll not be getting 7 and 8 gait scores on a dressage test or jumping more than 3'6.

I had an Appendix who hated dressage and was terrible at it (that's why I sold her) but as with everything else, it depends on the individual horse. Some of them will be perfectly fine with it, at least at the lower levels.

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As long as you don't get pregnant..............
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