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        05-08-2012, 07:52 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    My first horse was bought for me by my father. He was 15 years old or so, if I remember correctly. He was probably 16 hands tall, though anything upward of 15hh is TALL to me, so he may not have been as giant as I remember. He was pure white (actually grey now that I am educated, but at the time I thought I had a WHITE dream horse). When he got home, he was coughing and had a runny nose. Vet diagnosed as shipping cough.

    So he immediately went into a 2 week quarantine (we had no other horses, but I had a friend to trail ride with). The first time I rode him off our property I came home with blisters from holding him back. He was high spirited and loved to run. But he was /safe/. I had no experience what so ever aside from pony rides before that, but I rode that gelding 100's of miles before I passed him on to another beginner. He taught me how to barrel race (we actually learned together), and did everything from riding trails to playdays to chasing cows. Looking back, I would have never sold him now for his weight in gold.

    My dad paid $900 for him. He was grade and his name was "Rufus", later to become Rebel (everyone said he looked like a civil war general's horse).

    The youngest kid broke horse I've ever trusted just turned 6, and she's absolutely amazing. She belongs to my riding partner and sadly she may be retired this year due to an unknown injury. (Why is it always the best ones??)
         
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        05-08-2012, 08:34 PM
      #22
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by maura    
    The last several years I had him I got cash offers for him any time I took him anywhere, but significantly, never from parents or new owners, always from other professionals. Other professionals would watch him take care of a kid and pack them around a course and walk over to me at the rail and make an offer. I would say "You know he's 23, right?" and the answer would be "Yes, I don't care, I need something like that in my barn." The point being, other professionals recognized what a truly precious thing a kind, kid safe horse was, and they didn't care about color or age. I never, ever considered selling him at any price because he was irreplacable.
    ...or offers from older, experienced riders tired of eating dirt.
         
        05-08-2012, 08:40 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    Haha! Been there!

    Sometimes the young, flighty ones get old and you want something that goes the pace of a snail to get a break.
         
        05-09-2012, 12:39 AM
      #24
    Yearling
    OOH! I think I just thought something clever, LOL- If you think about, in a way, investment DOES equal value- Healthy horses go for more, and keeping a horse healthy means spending money on good feed, the farrier, etc.- and well- trained horses are worth more, so that means either a heck of a lot more time on your part or a heck of a lot more money spent on a trainer- either way, investment can be money! So you may not get more for a horse according to the chart in the OP, but it's not entirely false that you get more money for more investment in a horse. ;)
    Just thought I'd share my thought process after seeing this picture posted on facebook by my sister, LOL.
         

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