Yeah I agree but money doesn't always buy happiness in the horsey world. I think some breeds are a "flavor of the day" too so then the price goes up on whatever breed that is.
I agree with Vidaloco here.
Popular breeds or rare breeds will be higher in price even if the horse market is lower then it's ever been before. It's because people WILL pay the $32,000 for a Friesian or Gypsy Vanner.
Also location will play a huge part. Where I live in New York, the horse market is up. The only breeds that are selling for cheap are the OTTB and the OT Standardbreds. Any other horse is anywhere from $2000-$32000.
I paid $5000 for my horse, Sonny...and that was a steal for what his abilities are. Even the vet said (to us, not to the seller cause then the seller would raise the price) that Sonny was worth at least $10000.
I had a friend who bought an ex-lesson horse. He wasa a 15 year old Arab cross and she paid $3500 for him.
The barn owner is selling off her horses
The cheapest is $2000 (he has navicular)
And the most expensive is $32000 (a Gypsy Vanner)
So prices are at a high here in NY, but most of the horses are worth it I believe
Around here, horse prices have dropped like a rock over the past couple of years.
It aint hard to find a good, ridable horse for under $400. And some folks are just giving them away because of the ever-increasing cost to keep one. .
On the other hand, a first-class (brand-name) horse that is trained for a certian disapline(sp?) will allways be expensive.
I guess it all depends on what ya need and what you are willing to pay to accomplish your goals.
I think the best option for buying right now is going down to the states. They have so man of them it gives a huge selection. Most are much better bred for jumping as well, you just have to do the research.
Mature 165cm, 4yo, Elite Hanoverian mare. By His Highness (Hohenstein x Donnerhall) from a Grundstein II mare. Exceptional pedigree, type and movement. Preliminary Champion at first outing. A competition horse with a huge future. $80,000. Central Coast, NSW.
Height - 16.3 hh Age - 10 yo Price - $77,000 - Warmbloods
FEI dressage gelding, 10yo, brown, 16.3hh by Medallion. Competing PSG (scored 64%), ready for Inter 1 and training Inter 11/GPrix. Lovely type, free moving and easy to handle. Professionally trained and reliable competitor. For sale to fund purchase of young European horse. Located in SE Qld. Video/DVD available, price negotiable. $77,000 inc GST. Ph 0418 284 169, 0412 226 789, Murrumbateman, NSW.
By Loredo (frozen semen), is winning and placing at PStG and Inter I (training GP) in excellent company. Just turned 11yo, 16.3 - 17hh. Exceptional movement & presence. Would suit a rider wanting to be competitive at GP in the very near future. $85,000. Genuine reason for selling. Genuine enquiries only. Mt Evelyn, Vic.
Height - 17 hh Age - 5 yo Price - $60,000 - Warmbloods
Absolutely stunningly eye-catching leggy grey stallion. 17hh, 5yo, reg AWHA. Sire: Frozen semen Rabino/Ramiro Z out of a Ludendorf/Monopol mare. Related to greats such as Sandro Hit. Razino is currently competing with enormous success winning consistently with scores of over 70% at official Nov. Level & is training towards Elem. Fully qualified for the 5yo class at DWTS '08. A remarkable temp., has always been 100% reliable at comps & takes all in his stride, very safe & quiet to ride & handle. Razino has had 2 very successful seasons at stud with big scopey foals on the ground, he has attracted mare owners for dressage, SJ & eventing inc. Being used as a sire for the SA Mounted Police. Can live cover as well as collections & ride him straight after due to his outstanding nature. Excellent quality semen, good income potential. Has just passed full vet check with x-rays. Danson Dressage - Heather Currie. $60,000. Lewiston, SA.