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post #1 of 12 Old 07-28-2008, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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What makes a horse worth a certain amount?

No one is right on this one ok! Interested to hear all the different views as to what people makes a horse worth a certain amount of money? why are some horses of the same breed differenciate so much in price?
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-28-2008, 03:41 PM
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Oh! Oh! Oh! I know this one!!! I do! I do!

Bloodlines - sometimes people are only concerned with bloodlines, why?... I dunno

Supply and Demand - if you want a specific breed, size, or color to do a specific thing and there are only x amount that fit your criteria then BAM... high price!

I thought I could type a list a mile long...but... I ran out...
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Funny, I appreciate your humorous post. I have never understood the bloodline issues either. I have seen many warmbloods with what is considered fantastic bloodlines but the horses even with those lines, just could not perform at the level that was expected of them.

The only thing I can see bring a horse's price up is the money that is invested into the training of that particular horse?

Conformation also. A better build horse is technically suppose to have less soundness issues.
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I have been doing the horse thing for 20 years and believe it or not, I just now have started, within the last few years actually learned conformation. I dont' think all people really see it and understand it. I've also just now recently learned to see the movement.

I really do think a lot of people will pay big money for size and color. I have a friend that sold a 17.2 green broke bay 4 year old for 9000 and it had fractured it's cannon bone (healed but still). I think the people that bought her were buying the size and thats it...
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Training training training. A well-trained horse is far more desirable!

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post #6 of 12 Old 07-28-2008, 04:32 PM
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The only thing that gives a horse value is the buyer.

for example, me.
-papers don't matter to me.
-color doesn't matter to me.
-jumping doesn't matter to me.
-speed doesn't matter to me.

I need that 18 yo nag that will get me where I need to go and put up with my kid's crap and might be willing to carry a cold saddle bag full of brew.

I would maybe pay, shoot, I don't know what I'd pay..but the point is that your nag is my gem and vice versa.

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post #7 of 12 Old 07-29-2008, 05:27 AM
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for me, its mainly temperament.

If its a horse with a nice temperament but only a little training, I don't care I can train it so long as its got a good willing-to-learn temperament. But if its the grouchiest thing you ever saw then it doesn't matter how much training its had.... its just never going to be the horse for me,

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post #8 of 12 Old 07-29-2008, 12:09 PM
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for me it is the look in the eye and of course temperament and of course as gumas grrrl said willingness to carry the brew.
a big beautiful horse with no sense or a nasty temper is worthless to me

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post #9 of 12 Old 07-29-2008, 01:08 PM
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for me its what disciplines the horse can do, how well they can do it, and there temperament. so say a horse has been trained English/western, can do poles and barrels but has never won a show. id pay prolly 5-6 thousand for that horse if i had the money.

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post #10 of 12 Old 07-29-2008, 01:49 PM
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I've always been told a horse is worth whatever the buyer is willing to pay for it.
I've seen horses that I wouldn't take for free sold for 5000 and then horses given away that I would have paid at least 2000-3000 thousand for.
To me my horses are worth 100,000 thousand each because someone would have to offer me that much before I would consider selling them.
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