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    07-25-2010, 11:49 AM
If you got him riding for a beginner or a child, he will probably be worth about th same. Maybe $500, but not anything like $1000. If you found someone looking for a companion horse (which would be good), than $200-$300 is about right.

As for weight, if you had pictures we could see just how overweight he is.
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    07-25-2010, 11:54 AM
I don't have pics at the moment, but will get some soon. He is about 50 pounds overweight.

By the way, he stands still while you saddle him.
No need for tying him up.
    07-25-2010, 12:23 PM
I have to go right now, but I will post a comment later.

BTW - that is great that he will stand still.
    07-25-2010, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by GraciesMom    
But already being 20 and that small
In what world is 15 hands "small"? Most people who just do pleasure riding don't want a 16hh+ horse. 15-15.2hh is the average height of a fully grown horse. To answer the OP, if you were to sell him as-is, I would ask around $300-400 and be willing to negotiate. If you think you could get him easy-going enough to put a beginner on him, the price would deffinately go up. Contrary to what others are saying, I think you could easily get $1000 for him if he was kid-safe. A kid-safe horse is worth its weight in gold. 20 isn't "old" in my opinion. Many horses live into their late twenties and early thirties, especially "pony" breeds, like the Haflinger.
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    07-25-2010, 03:27 PM
If I could get him to ride with a beginner on him then I would keep him.

Any ideas on how to get him to listen better when riding him?
Right now I ride him in a round pen only.

Also any ideas on how to get him a little more spook proof.
He is a little spooky, especially around new areas.
Even if its just outside his pasture/pen.

Sorry for all of the question.
    07-25-2010, 03:38 PM
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Since you aren't very experienced, I would recommend you get an experienced horseman to help him get over his issues. What problems does he have under saddle? We could help you more if we had specifics. As for the spooks, you can work on that on the ground. Lots of sacking out. Introduce him to lots of scary things(umbrellas, plastic bags, bells, feed bags, etc) and don't take the object away until he is comfortable with it. There are tons of great sites, and threads on here, about sacking out.
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    07-25-2010, 04:51 PM
In order to still be marketable, a 20 year old horse either has to have 1.) a fabulous performance record or 2.) be kid-safe and bomb proof. This horse is currently neither.

The OP can't handle the horse terribly well and wants to know what the horse can reasonably sell for. The ONLY way to do anything other than a couple of hundrend bucks or free to a good home is to put some professional training in the horse. However, the cost of professional training is going to exceed the horse's potential value in 10 days or less; and I wouldn't market a horse as kid safe or bomb proof without a *LOT* more time in it.

Either free to a good home, or donate to a riding school.

I don't know what the market is like in the area the other posters are from, but in mine, you can get a young, sound well broken horse for well under $1000. Heck, people are giving them away because they can't afford to feed them.
    07-25-2010, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by maura    
The ONLY way to do anything other than a couple of hundrend bucks or free to a good home is to put some professional training in the horse. However, the cost of professional training is going to exceed the horse's potential value in 10 days or less;
I fully agree with this, which is why I didn't recommend a trainer. I just said an experienced horseman, like a friend, as alot of times when a beginner rides a horse the horse will have some little quirk that can be easily fixed by someone with some horse training sense, and that quirk may be all that prevents the horse from being considered kid-safe. This is just one way of looking at it, the horse may be psycho for all I know. If the horse does have more than minor problems, like rearing or the like, I vote free to good home. For minor issues, like lazy or a bit stubborn and the OP doesn't want to worry about training, I vote for asking a few hundred and be willing to negotiate.
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    07-26-2010, 11:01 AM
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15h is not small. My 14.3h Haflinger gelding carries my 250+ lb butt around with no problems, lol.

To the OP, if you don't need the money, you might look at donating him to a theraputic riding center. He could be a good sturdy lead-line horse. You'd get a nice tax deductaion if you use itemized deductions when you do your taxes.

Otherwise, I'd say he'd fetch $200-300 right now. The market is really soft. If he were a really great kids horse (would trail ride with kids or beginners and respond well), then he could probably fetch $400-500.

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