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        02-27-2011, 09:54 PM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by upnover    
    Most of the shows that these horses are competing in are several thousand a show. And lots of them show practically every other weekend. So if you think about it, it takes BIG BUCKS to find a horse that will be competitive at these kinds of shows!
    That's the life of a QH. My barn goes to a horse show almost every weekend during the year. Quarter horse shows are probably cheaper, but it's not hard to find one that's competitive enough. I bought mine for 6,500 that was a total lunatic who seemed hopeless. Just took time and lots of money, work, blood, sweat, and tears to get him to being a champion :/
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        02-27-2011, 10:00 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Holy cow. It must be nice to have that kind of money, to spend thousands per show... I can't even imagine buying a horse that costs more than a house. Sorry, a roof over my head is more important than a horse that will pin at shows.
         
        02-27-2011, 10:07 PM
      #13
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by apachiedragon    
    Holy cow. It must be nice to have that kind of money, to spend thousands per show... I can't even imagine buying a horse that costs more than a house. Sorry, a roof over my head is more important than a horse that will pin at shows.
    I agree. I have spent probably that much total on shows, vet fees, farrier, and on tack and supplies, then again, probably more over the past 4 years I've had him. But I guess if you have the money to spend on a nice horse, I guess you bought yourself a winner!
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        02-28-2011, 09:50 PM
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    I saw an Olympic-level warmblood stallion listed for $500,000 once.

    If I had 500 grand at my disposal, I'd be plucking horses out of the kill pens like a madwoman.
         
        02-28-2011, 09:55 PM
      #15
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Jessabel    
    I saw an Olympic-level warmblood stallion listed for $500,000 once.

    If I had 500 grand at my disposal, I'd be plucking horses out of the kill pens like a madwoman.
    Olympic level I could totally see! I can only imagine how much the big name ones are.. Authentic must be worth millions!!
         
        02-28-2011, 10:13 PM
      #16
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    Originally Posted by justjump    
    Olympic level I could totally see! I can only imagine how much the big name ones are.. Authentic must be worth millions!!

    Doubt Authentic's worth too much now.... I know Via Volo (Beezie's newer horse) was bought for only a few million, which was a small fraction of what she was worth.

    Keep in mind that while the Maclays are only 3"6, they are still THE TOP of the equitation finals. So sure, it's not olympic level, but a horse that excels at the top is going to be worth $$$.
         
        02-28-2011, 10:15 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by apachiedragon    
    Sorry, a roof over my head is more important than a horse that will pin at shows.

    I'm sure these people have a pretty dang nice roof over their heads.


    I know what you mean though. I have a decent house, but it's kind of strange when a 12 year old at my barn has a horse that costs more then my house.
         
        02-28-2011, 10:24 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Of course....some horses that were bought for a small amount can compete with the horses that are in the Maclay type classes, but if you were to actually get there on your "cheap" horse, you would probably be the odd person out.

    I am not saying that a less expensive horse can't get there, but you get what you pay for really. And its easier to compete at that level when you do have money, and a horse who is going to lay down a perfect 8 every single outing. Those kids are in it to win it.


    Good dressage horses are also expensive.
         
        02-28-2011, 10:52 PM
      #19
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    Originally Posted by VelvetsAB    
    Of course....some horses that were bought for a small amount can compete with the horses that are in the Maclay type classes, but if you were to actually get there on your "cheap" horse, you would probably be the odd person out.

    I am not saying that a less expensive horse can't get there, but you get what you pay for really. And its easier to compete at that level when you do have money, and a horse who is going to lay down a perfect 8 every single outing. Those kids are in it to win it.


    Good dressage horses are also expensive.
    That's a good point. Didn't some eventer (Amy Tryon or someone?) take a horse to the Olympics that she bought for like $2000 or something? I think he was like, some TB doing trail rides or something random like that.

    Then again, that to me is like saying any pony could do the Rolex just because Teddy O'Conner could. The reason he's so famous is because it's so rare efor it to happen.
         
        02-28-2011, 10:54 PM
      #20
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by upnover    
    That's a good point. Didn't some eventer (Amy Tryon or someone?) take a horse to the Olympics that she bought for like $2000 or something? I think he was like, some TB doing trail rides or something random like that.

    Then again, that to me is like saying any pony could do the Rolex just because Teddy O'Conner could. The reason he's so famous is because it's so rare efor it to happen.
    It all just depends on the horse and if he was meant to be a champion
         

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