Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Sheridan, Oregon USA
• Horses: 0
$5000 doesn't guarantee you're getting a good horse... but yes, you can. Generally when a horse is priced 5k it's gonna be a dern good horse. I wouldn't pay that much for a horse and I lived in Alaska for 15 years where unregistered horses who'll kick ya with two rides under their belt were going for $3000!
The most I paid on a horse was $3500. I've also paid $500 and got one of the best horses I've known, as well as my favorite horse on the planet, Willy, who was only $600. I also paid $1300 and $2500 for some. You can get a real top of the line horse with a great disposition, good training, bloodlines, papers and the whole sha-bang for $2500, which is what I got my mare for. She's a registered barrel racer, packs beginners and has Impressive, Three Bars and Sonny Dee within 5 generations. Now, when you step into the hundred dollar range, quality horses are slim, but there still are quite a few, like my Willy and Auda.
A registered horse with good confo, disposition and training who packs beginners could go for $5000, but a different horse owned by someone else that matches the $5000 horse to a T could go for $1000. It's all what the owner is pricing him as. I would definitely not exclude horses less than $5000. Look at the description on the horses' ad, whether it's $1200 or $7000, then go see the horse for yourself and decide whether or not the horse is something you want.
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