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post #21 of 47 Old 11-12-2013, 06:23 PM
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C'mon guys... He's made of GOLD. Obviously.

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Wow. I'm kind of proud of the fact that I recognized that specific farm's advertisement before I looked at the "Company/Facility" line. They have a lot of horses advertised online in my area, all for incredibly high prices. They have some darn cute ponies, though.

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post #23 of 47 Old 11-12-2013, 08:29 PM
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look at it this way.. 10 years old... at 250 a month in board (think thats a fair estimate)

=30,000 Not including any farrier.. vet bills.. etc etc etc. He looks like a nicely put together boy who has been ridden a lot of miles and would be a safe mount. Its a shame the horse market it nowhere near what it used to be. Im sure he is worth every penny. Unfortunately the horse market is bad bad bad right now and that type of horse you can find if you look for closer to 5,000
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post #24 of 47 Old 11-13-2013, 04:17 AM
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If I had endless money, and children - my children would be more important to me than the money. This would be a horse I would consider if it were $1500 or $15000, assuming money was no object.
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post #25 of 47 Old 11-13-2013, 04:39 AM
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My old trainer said 'Every day someone stupid wakes up'
So yes, someone will pay that money for him.

On the flip side, you can't put a price on a good child's horse.
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post #26 of 47 Old 11-13-2013, 04:59 AM
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My child horse...

Laid in a stall while I lay there with her.
Listened to me reading a book to her.
Loved the barn cat so much, that with nails, she could jump up on her. That cat was on the horses back more than I was. Photo with cat on back.

My horse also took me to a decent level on rated shows. Progressed and pushed me as a rider as much as I was ready for. Forgave every error I had, she once moved her body to keep me on her as I was seeing dirt, and sliding off. She literally moved her body between jumps to keep me on, and then cleared the next jump.

My parents paid 1000 UK pounds for her. If it were possible now, I'd give up my house, and everything I have, to have her back again.

If I could, and she were still alive, I would buy her today for $15k, and I wouldn't even ask my hubby, it would just be a given.

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post #27 of 47 Old 11-13-2013, 06:35 AM
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I personally witnessed more than a few ex schoolies go for a few thousand bucks at auction a few years ago - probably many of them would be as well rounded as this guy after years of schooling.

There are tons of $500-$1000 level headed horses available up here as well - one need not look very far online to find plenty to choose from. You could probably find a few gems for free if you look long and hard enough, and are willing to travel.

Last years hay prices really changed a lot in the horse market.

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post #28 of 47 Old 11-13-2013, 07:09 AM
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Well, I think they have done some good marketing, aimed at parents who want a "pwettey poneh for princess". These parents have more $$ than brains, and no horse knowledge. I have seen plenty, and yes, they will pay a price like this without batting an eye, because for them it is easier to throw $$ at their kids than actually spend time with them and learn. THey have used key catch words like "ranch", and REAL ranch horses are being sold for high prices every day. Is this one of those-no. Shoot-I didn't even see him neck rein decently. His transitions were awful-he runs into the lope, and the kid had to haul on him to stop him when they were loping on the grass. His head carriage was like a giraffe. If I want a $15K horse, I want one who has transitions correctly, has lead changes, carries himself well and and a really good handle on him. Yes, child safe is valuable, but so is teaching your child that standing on a horse, somersaulting off one, ducking under one, and sliding off the rear may not be the best idea. JMHO
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post #29 of 47 Old 11-13-2013, 08:15 AM
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He seems like a nice horse, but no I wouldn't pay that much for him. Kids horses are hard to come by, but I don't see anything in the video that warrants that price. Most people would think my horses were bomb proof if they only ever saw me ride in our arena.
When I see that kind of money, I'm expecting some kind of performance horse.

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post #30 of 47 Old 11-13-2013, 10:22 AM
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Nope. To me, not even close to a $15K horse, but I have a higher level of expectation than many folks. I grew up riding horses that were worth much more than that. Dad turned down $25K for Buck, the horse I grew up on, but not only was he a totally bombproof beginner and kid safe horse, he was also a world champion performance horse and would put you in the perfect spot for a catch on either end of a roping steer every time.

As others have said, horses are only worth whatever someone is willing to pay for them and clearly they have found people willing to pay their prices or else their horses wouldn't be priced that high.

For myself, something that expensive, I expect a higher level of quality training on it. Sure, it's great to have a horse that is trustworthy, but those can be found for a lot less in today's market. A horse in that price range, IMHO, should not only pack around kids and beginners without batting an eye, but they should have the training and ability to step up their game and do a job well under an adult or experienced rider.

Also, that really peeves me that they advertise him as a "ranch" horse. I grew up on and around ranch horses and he's not one... not even close

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