Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I would be surprised if you could not find a horse with her level of training, her sweet temperament, and the same or better conformation for $5000 or under. Yes, I think good training is especially valuable, especially for a first horse, BUT...
Here is a question. If that same mare (confo., temperament, bloodlines) was green, how much do you think she would be worth? Because there are so many green horses who match her conformation, temperament, and bloodlines, I would guess about $3000 would be a pretty common price (probably good in some areas). That being said, do you feel that she has at least $4000 training on her?
All of that being said, you cannot put a price on the connection that you just make with some horses. If you have that connection with her, nothing else really matters.
I the connection is your case, you could possibly try negotiating her price with them. You can even find a very nice/polite way that you have seen horses similar to her for X amount of dollars, and ask if they would be willing to match that. Also, you could let them know you are keeping their number, but will keep looking for something just like her (let them know you love her), but for X amount of dollars...they will either play ball or you have left the door open for yourself to come back later when they have not been able to sell for that price (quite possible, but not certain), and give them an offer for X amount of dollars. Point being, you might be able to negotiate for a little better deal.