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post #21 of 29 Old 06-09-2010, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by greymaregirl View Post
this all seems very similar to the uk. everyone wants a bombproof horse for life 2000 would easily get that over here... but people see the ex racers and pay 500. A few months later they have spent the extra 1500 on vets and farriers and quaks, and realise they are left with a horse they cant ride. /they 'love' the horse to bits and cant part with it.... after all he is really good to feed and cuddle. Ive only had my horse for 18 months and i have been very lucky I can ride him and hes great fun... but i have to admit it is only luck that got me there!
It is very similar here. With the horse market being so bad, many bargain hunters assume that every horse will go for a bargain price. Although you can find good deals, every one that I know that has a seasoned, go anywhere, do anything horse that is willing to work every day wouldn't part with it regardless of how much money they were offered.

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post #22 of 29 Old 06-09-2010, 09:01 AM
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This is JJ. I got him for the low, low price of exactly zero.

However, I knew I was getting a horse who was only trained to race, and I'd have to put quite a bit of money into him to get him trained as my foxhunter.

An already well trained TB would have cost me at least as much as the money I've put into him over the last 6 months, so it's all relative.

If you know what you're looking for conformation, soundness, and temperament wise, there are some great horses out there to be had for little to nothing. But they generally need professional training to turn them into good pleasure animals.

Never laugh in someone's face who is polite and merely making inquiries. You don't know their experience or financial circumstances, and it's rude to assume they're ignorant or stupid.
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post #23 of 29 Old 06-09-2010, 09:28 AM
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some people just don't know what horses go for.

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post #24 of 29 Old 06-09-2010, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
That ridht there is the number one reason not to be rude to someone that says something kind of ridiculous. He started out wanting to pay $150 and ended up dropping $2500 on a horse. You didn't have what he wanted anyway but if you did you could have been driving a guy away that was probably just using a bargaining tactic and planned on spending a reasonable amount.
The way I understand - he was looking for something for $150 for the grandson. The grandaughter got the $2500 horse.

But NO I would not of laughed. Wonderful horses are still being given away. It never hurts to ask.
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post #25 of 29 Old 06-13-2010, 08:04 PM
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Speed your ex-racehorse. Here in New jersey you can adopt a standardbred horse for about $250.00. They are really nice horses and can jump, enter horse shows, do dressage, trail rides, and lots more!! They adapt well to a 2nd career and love having a job to do!

So, stop laughing......some great horses are not very expensive!!!!
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post #26 of 29 Old 06-14-2010, 09:05 AM
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Thank you, Christine. He's a lovely animal, with an even lovelier temperament.

He's having some feet issues right now that I thought may have been laminitis, but the vet says no. He'll be getting shoes on tonight, and I'm hoping that brings him back 100% sound.

TBs and their thin hoof walls......
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post #27 of 29 Old 06-14-2010, 11:08 AM
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The economy being what it is at this point. . . it is unlikely, but not impossible to find a fantastic horse for that price. Or even free. It may come with worms, ribs showing, and funky hooves. . . but it can't be ruled out! That being said, I am looking for a similar type "bombproof" horse, not so old it will be a pasture pet in three years, for around $1,000, and I'm not having any luck so far either!
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post #28 of 29 Old 06-15-2010, 02:55 AM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
I wouldn't say it's wrong but it is rude and you missed an opportunity to possibly educate someone about buying horses.

I agree.
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post #29 of 29 Old 06-16-2010, 01:25 PM
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In this economy I don't think 150 is unreasonable. Plenty of horses go through the big auction in my area for well under that.

Plus I know of a lot of people who could give a horse a really good home but can't afford to plop down 1000+ for something at once.

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