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post #1 of 32 Old 02-04-2009, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question "Cheap" horses

I was curious about the prices of horses and how that reflects them. I am seeing horses going for $500 stateside, and they seem like they could be perfectly fine. Yet up in Canada I rarely see a vice-free healthy horse for under $1500, and that's untrained or green broke. Are they just naturally cheaper south of the border?
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post #2 of 32 Old 02-04-2009, 06:15 PM
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in 07, I purchased a 4 year old app mare that was green broke for $4500 (a bit much, but I paid it)

Then in 08, I purchased a 15 year old qh gelding, been there done that type of guy, but he needed a slight refresher, for only $1,000 (Could have gotten him for less, but I didn't care)

I think it really depends on area, and the horse itself.

Hmmm, guess I didn't really answer your question. Sorry

I'm in NJ btw
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post #3 of 32 Old 02-04-2009, 08:11 PM
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Come on down to Indiana...I watch some sale sites and there are quite a few good-sounding horses going for less than $500 (and a few being given away ).

Three years ago I gave $300 for a gorgeous 4-yr old App gelding, 'green' broke (had just finished 30 days WP training) but never gave me a minute of trouble and is now the best horse I own. Last week I traded an old 4WD that needed a LOT of work (might have been able to sell it for $800 if I marketed it right) for a 6-yr old 18hh underweight-but-sweet-and-supposedly-well-broke-to-saddle registered Belgian gelding, and I could have probably gotten him for nothing if I had pushed the issue. Last month, 8 appendix-type (but poorly-bred looking) yearlings were abandoned on a county road nearby. The bottom has fallen out of the market around here.

Is the whole economic thing as bad in Canada as it looks to be here? Maybe that's the reason?

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post #4 of 32 Old 02-04-2009, 09:43 PM
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here in Prineville, Oregon the horses are still going for alot. Everyone here thinks there horses are woths lots. The only ones that are cheap are the old old ones or the unbroke
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post #5 of 32 Old 02-04-2009, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Is the whole economic thing as bad in Canada as it looks to be here? Maybe that's the reason?
I don't think it is as bad. I tend not to watch the news much, so I didnt even realize there were issues until very recently. I bet that would have a lot to do with it.
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post #6 of 32 Old 02-05-2009, 09:17 AM
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yea. It's really mostly due to the economic crisis going on here in the states. There's really no one buying so a lot of people are dropping their prices ridiculously low because they really need to get rid of the horses.
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post #7 of 32 Old 02-05-2009, 10:27 AM
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And if you really want a good price wait till winter, the people really hurting will sell their horses and cattle so they aren't on their feed bill.

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post #8 of 32 Old 02-05-2009, 07:08 PM
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I always used to think a cheap priced horse must have some kind of problem but I recently bought a $300 horse and she is amazing, needed a little bit or training but the onli reason he was selling is coz he didnt want a horse any more. He dealt with cattle more. Hope this helps. And remember every horse is different so even if they are $300 or $30000 if you are right for you then they are right!

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post #9 of 32 Old 02-05-2009, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I always figured you could get a good horse for a decent price, but I never thought it could be *that* decent. Lol I guess that's a good thing so I shouldn't complain eh?
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post #10 of 32 Old 02-05-2009, 10:07 PM
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exactly, As long as the horse is good for YOU it doesn't matter if the horse is cheap. Just be thankful lol
And good luck with what ever horse you have :)

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