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post #1 of 9 Old 02-14-2011, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question Project Horses... what?

Hi Everyone!!

SugarPlum here :) So I just have a little question. Those of you who have followed my "Abandoned" thread know about my horse Sugar. For those of you who don't know she is a mare I rescued. Possibly abused. I trained her and ended up jumping 3 feet with her until I left. This in about a year and a half).

So I have heard of project horses but I want to know your rules. Guidelines info anything. How do you buy one? How much time would you give? Selling price? Is there much profit?

Once I get back to canada would it be logical to take a year off and just train horses to make some money or should I consider keep going with school and aim for getting my large animal veterinary degree(I am currently in the middle of an animal health technician course and loving it) but my heartstrings are definantly pulling me towards horses!

Any info would be great and I will try to be open to any advice you give me!

Sincerely, SugarPlum!

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-14-2011, 06:16 PM
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Horse market is down due to econamy. Get your vet dagree. Then when you are done and have a job you will be able to aford to play with horses.

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post #3 of 9 Old 02-14-2011, 06:41 PM
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Horse market is down due to econamy. Get your vet dagree. Then when you are done and have a job you will be able to aford to play with horses.
It depends on what part of the country you're in. Horses up around here are still selling for a a couple thousand dollars. ND never really got hit hard with the economic problems.

Anywayyyy, I would say finish your degree, then have project horses, just in case something happens with them and you can't train any longer, you have something to fall back on. Plus you can save yourself some vet bills by doing things yourself. My BO worked for a vet for 6 years and if any of his horses get injured, he stitches them up himself and saves the crapton of money the vet charges (she's over an hour away and charges $120 alone for travel cost).
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post #4 of 9 Old 02-14-2011, 08:02 PM
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Yeah, get the degree. Economy isn't going to improve greatly anytime soon. Horses will still be dirt cheap in a few years.

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post #5 of 9 Old 02-14-2011, 08:12 PM
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Something else you could do: Instead of buying and selling your own project horses, you could post ads for your training and train for other people, rather than hoping someone will buy your horse when you've finished it.
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Something else you could do: Instead of buying and selling your own project horses, you could post ads for your training and train for other people, rather than hoping someone will buy your horse when you've finished it.
I agree. You'll probably spend less money this way than going out, buying project horses, then holding onto them until they sell.

But I will say getting a horse, training it from the ground up, then showing it would be an excellent way to get business.

And lastly, your vet degree is going to pay waaayyy more than training horses ever will. I'd get the degree first.
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-14-2011, 10:39 PM
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You asked a 2 part question, I agree with others go to school and get your degree.

But in answer to you other question, a project horse to me is any horse that needs to be taught a lot. I think a sound free or low cost OTTB that you teach the basics too and flip and sell counts as a project horse.
As far as price really depends on how much you teach them if it is just stop go, basic commands so they are not crazy, you are looking in the $1-2k range. If you teach them jumping, dressage it depends on their skill level, but you would be looking at $3k at least, and possibly a whole lot more.
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post #8 of 9 Old 02-15-2011, 10:32 PM
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I've paid anywhere from 50$ (yes, 50$)-300$, put 30-60 days on the horse, and resold for 600-1000$. That was when I didn't have to worry about board costs, as I used my parents fields, and facilities, so virtually costed me nothing to train the horse. I really haven't bought and sold any horses in the past few years, but have rather spent more time training others horses. That usually brings atleast 300$ per horse, or if I work one on one with a horse and handler, 30-60$ per training session, usually at the owner's place.

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post #9 of 9 Old 02-15-2011, 10:50 PM
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You should finish out your degree since you are already started.

Get a good career to support your "hobby" of horses and to have it as a back up plan :)

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