I was window shopping online (ssshhhhh don't tell hubby), and I was surprised at the prices people are asking for their horse. I know a good horse is worth it's weight in gold, however, if no one has money (or hay) I'm wondering how serious some of these sellers are?
I found an OTTB 5 yrs, experienced rider only, green with jumping potential (of course). Only safe in an arena, no special bloodlines. $5500
In a good market where I live, a green, "active", experience rider only horse like that might bring $3500 tops.
I found quite a few POTENTIAL barrel horses (geldings) for over $6000!!! Many were even grade. Nothing wrong with grade, you just don't know for sure what's in their makeup. If I'm going to pay $6000 for a grade barrel horse I need proof it can run a good pattern! Several of the horses looked like they wouldn't hold up after 1 race!! And most of them where only "introduced" to the pattern.
I know prices vary region to region, but there's usually some similarity of what's worth $$$ and what isn't. There are always going to be the high $$ horses regardless of the market, the $$$ earners, the ones with perfect breeding, etc. But WOW, just WOW!!
Or is it once again a sellers market??? (I'm thinking not) OK, random thought over