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post #1 of 9 Old 01-22-2009, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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What makes a horse worth $$

I was looking at this thread
How much do you think she is worth??
and got to thinking...Ive seen alot of low priced horses, and alot of high priced horses. What brings the big $$ tag?? (BTW - Irish - that is a BEUTIFUL horse!! I'm not knocking your pony...I'm just curious.)

Is it the training? Past experience? Age? Color? Breed? Registration (the above example was unregistered and bloodlines unmentioned)?

I was just baffled at the price tag...NOT saying s/he isn't worth that, but what draws the huge $$?

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-22-2009, 01:56 AM
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The price of a horse mainly depends on it's education and age, A very cheep horse will usually be not particularly well bred, old or very young and not have done much. A really expensive horse is likley to be very well educated and already won lots and still be at a reasonable age.

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I think a lot of factors go into deciding price.

-breeding...parents accomplishments/health of bloodlines
-current health
-past health
-temperament (mean, nice, scared, thinker, flake, etc.)
These things I use as a baseline price.

Then I add for...

-Basic training (who wants a fruitcake?)
-What disciplines horse is trained for (trail, jumping, dressage, hunters, etc.)
-What disciplines horse has accomplished (just because they were trained doesn't mean they're good at it.)

This is a rough guide of what I use and it's hard to add all horse into this frame because we all expect different things of our horses.

For example: I will overlook some conformation for a solid mind. Others will overlook a solid mind (maybe the horse is a little flighty) for athletic ability....It's all relative for what you intend to do with your horse.

However....to me... color is always dead last. (those that show may feel differently about this)

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Along with what Dumas Girl has already stated so well, with the registration and papers aspect, the next thing that will place a higher value on a horse, is the projected potential. Certain breedings were done with a discipline in mind, based on the horses heritage or bloodlines. These horses are prospects expected to place well in a show or event and bring back a return in the investment.

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I think it mostly depends on the training and past experience but there are really many factors. I'm not sure, but just a guess! :)
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-22-2009, 07:02 PM
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That is a complicated question with no black and white answer. :) Basically, a horse is worth what a person will pay for it. It's kind of like buying a car. Someone told me once that the bottom dollar a horse is worth is what it would sell for by the pound, which is like buying a base model car. The more "fancy gadgets" it has, the more it's worth. So let's just say you have a nicely broke horse. Generally worth more then something that's not. Well most people don't want a super old horse or a completely inexperienced one. So a good age and experience can make it worth more. Not every horse is trained in a specific discipline so those who are can be worth more. Trail horses tend to be cheaper then say, a well schooled dressage horse. What brings in the big bucks is how competitive they are at shows. A horse that can jump very high, a horse that moves very well, a horse that gallops really fast, etc. They're worth even more if they are very fancy AND easy enough for a beginner to ride and win. So, someone who is looking for a 3"6 horse to show and win on the A circuit, win all of their hack classes, and easy for a not very talented rider is usually VERY expensive! But people are willing to let certain things go. For example, a professional grand prix rider is looking more for ability to jump well more so then easiness to ride. I train mainly kids ponies so I look for a prospect that is laid back with a good brain, then I look for quality of movement. I'd MUCH rather have a less fancy horse that will take care of a kid then a super fancy horse that bucks kids off.

does all of that make sense?
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-22-2009, 07:05 PM
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oh, and don't forget location! like i said, a horse is only worth what people are willing to pay for it. In California you would pay much much more for a nice hunter then you would here where I live. So I know a lot of trainers who buy cheap horses here and haul them across country to sell them for more.
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-22-2009, 09:19 PM
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Definately depends on location... I was looking at the thread Ruby linked, and a horse like that would only get probably 10k MAX here in AUS. Simply because of its size limiting its potential. So the market is different wherever you go.

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Having sold more than one horse for much less than I was told I should have, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt the only thing that determines a horses value is what someone will pay for it. I sold a kid quiet, 14.1 registered QH gelding, bred out the wazoo with money a earning momma, cute as a button, ribbons in english and western classes, working second level dressage and jumping 2 ft for $1500 because I needed the money. You cannot know how many times I have been told that that horse was worth at least 3 to 5 times that or more, but the bottom like is that no one would pay it at the time.
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