While I sympathize with the sentiment, there's simply no evidence for a dollars in = value out equation.
And it's a delusion that pervades a lot of the horse industry.
The only time, IME, that value added exceeds dollars in to produce that value is in finishing a horse in a discipline. You don't get it buying a yearling or two year old and waiting it for it to mature, and you don't get it by buying a three year old and green breaking it, because there are lots of competent horsepeople that can do those things. Taking a green broke 4 year old with potential and turning it into a finished horse? Yup, there's money to be made there, because it's a much smaller pool of people capable of doing it.
Truly child safe horses have usually returned part of their value equation to their owners and trainers long before a market price is set. That said, there should be a minimum price point set on any horse that truly has enough good mileage to be considered child safe. However, that minimum price STILL has nothing to do with dollars in.
People who try to negotiate the price on a child safe horse usually end up negotiating the child's safety.
Last edited by maura; 05-08-2012 at 06:38 AM.