If you want to show at a high level in an event that horses have been intensely bred to do, horses that are bred to this highest level on both sides of their ancestry can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Do people really think that serious show or racing people looking for a Nationally or Internationally competitive horse would really pay $100,000.00 or more for a very well-bred prospect when they could just buy some dink with decent conformation for a few hundred dollars?
I don't think so!
Yes! There are dinks that prove to be great, but the chances of getting one are getting more and more like the chances of winning the lottery.
No! Not all high priced, well-bred prospects turn out to be great. But the chances are about 1000X better than just picking up a dink with good conformation.
Case and point:
A few years ago only a handful of breeders bred specifically for barrel horses. Almost everyone just picked up horses off of the track that were not fast enough to run better than AA. As the popularity of the sport grew and the money added to the purses grew, more and more prospects went into training, particularly young ones headed for the big money futurities. Trends started to develop. Some bloodlines were coming up in the winner's circle time after time. This was so much the case, that now the highly competitive top trainers, riders and owners in the sport will not even look at a horse that is not bred to win in barrel racing.
I saw the trend coming about 20 years ago. I had some AA and AAA producers that were 'old' bloodlines like Jet Deck and Leo and Flit Bars (including an old AAA daughter of Tiger Leo). I had previously owned a AAA son of Go Man Go but had sold him when I moved to Oklahoma.
I thought these mares could produce good barrel horses so I bred several of them to Oklahoma Fuel just before he died. I sold those colts for a lot of money to Ed and Martha Wright and several other leading barrel racing trainers.
One by one, as more money has come into different sports, breeding and pedigrees has become more and more important in almost any horse sport. Specialization within different breeds and crossbreeds is gradually making this happen at a faster rate. The more athleticism and speed an event requires, the faster this is happening.
When it now costs $10,000.00 to $25,000.00 or more to train a horse to 'show ready' in almost any competitive event, the idea of any serious competitor throwing this kind of money into a horse of unknown pedigree is getting pretty hard to justify.
Obviously, this does not apply as much to backyard pleasure horses, trail horses, etc. But, I even want to raise my own pleasure and trail horses because I get a very high percentage of user-friendly horses with good conformation and very willing minds -- enough so that I prefer them to buying much cheaper prospects.
To deny this trend is to be 'barn blind' to the facts.
Last edited by Cherie; 12-26-2012 at 05:22 PM.