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post #1 of 11 Old 08-31-2007, 05:15 AM Thread Starter
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Can You get a Good Horse for around 5K?

What kind of horse can you get for $5k? Is this too low for a first time horse? We don't want to buy a cheap horse with problems and I'm worried about the quality of horse we can get for that. Should we spend more?

We are looking to mostly ride english pleasure but want a very healthy, sound and pretty horse.
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-04-2007, 12:21 AM
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im unsure of what country u in but in Australia 5,000 would easily buy u a pretty, quiet horse
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-14-2007, 10:12 AM
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you could buy a great horse for 5k in Kansas. I have never spent more than 3k for one and they were all great horses. Check I have bought and sold several horses through them with great luck. The horse market is down right now so it would be a good time to buy.
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-23-2007, 06:54 PM
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This really depends on where you live and what you are looking for. I suggest looking at horse classifieds to see how much horses in your area cost and to see how much the kinds of horses you want cost.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-18-2007, 08:32 AM
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$5000 shud be more then enough to get a good horse. I got my previous horse for $1200 and she was the best horse ive ever had and I had her for 6 years. When I got her she wasnt even halter broke, worm invested and living like a feral horse. lol Guess that mean you gotta read the book before looking at the cover you no
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-27-2007, 01:33 PM
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This is probably late, but my first horse was only 5 years old and only $1000. She wasn't really trained so I had to do most of that which just meant alot of riding, and I like riding alot so it worked out. She turned out to be the best thing in the world. Anyhow its like picking blindly in a jar, no matter what the person tells you or the price of the horse, you get whatever you end up with. It could be a $25,000 horse, completely trained and have a hidden problem. My best advice is to go through trainers and people of good reputations in the horse world and you'll do fine.

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-27-2007, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by huntergrl
its like picking blindly in a jar, no matter what the person tells you or the price of the horse, you get whatever you end up with. It could be a $25,000 horse, completely trained and have a hidden problem. My best advice is to go through trainers and people of good reputations in the horse world and you'll do fine.
I agree with huntergrl, find a breeder/trainer that will let you talk to others who have purchased horses from the same blood line to hear about their experiences. This is how me and my wife got started.

The horse market is very low here in my neck of the woods and is a buyers market....If you have $5000.00 to spend, spend wisely. There is quite a bit of equipment you will want after you get a horse. I'm a God fearing hard working combine driver hoggin up the road in my pa pa pa pa plower clugalugaluggin 5 miles an hour on my InternationalHarvester! Craig Morgan
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post #8 of 11 Old 02-01-2008, 01:24 PM
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you can totally get something for under $5k ... i just about a 4 yr old off the track (i know most ppl would say it's crazy, but i have years of exp. and thought id be ok) and she is AMAZING! so sweet and just so much fun to ride, most of the time ... so keep you eyes out and look around ... search online!

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post #9 of 11 Old 02-01-2008, 02:20 PM
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You can get a good horse for any price, but yes you can get a good horse for 5k or under. And for a first horse I wouldn't spend any more than that.

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post #10 of 11 Old 02-20-2008, 03:29 PM
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$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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