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post #1 of 46 Old 05-28-2009, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Is it risky to buy a horse for 500 dollars?

Ive been looking for another horse and have searching a few breeds that Im interested in, TWH's, Rockies and Pasos. Ive noticed that people have quite a few pasos for sale that are dirt cheap.. like 400 and 500 dollars. Ive always been told to stay away from extremely cheap horses because that means there's something wrong with them. Im not set in stone on going out and seeing one.. just web shopping right now.. but what have been your alls experience? Are horses that cheap normally safe? Or is there something wrong with them... like.. temperment wise that they have to price them that low to get rid of them?
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post #2 of 46 Old 05-28-2009, 04:14 PM
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I've seen great horses that sold for less than $500. I've also seen 10k horses that I wouldn't want to have to deal with.

I don't know where you are, but in many places the market is way down. Look at the horse, not the low price to make your decision.
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post #3 of 46 Old 05-28-2009, 04:17 PM
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Right now it could be the economy. A lot of horses are going for cheaper than they normally would. If you have a horse you are interested in - go try it out, but bring someone along who really knows what they are looking for. If the horse passes your initial inspect, get a vet check just to be sure.

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post #4 of 46 Old 05-28-2009, 04:21 PM
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Whatever the proce is, vet check! Other then that, look at the horse not the price. Many people just can't afford to keep their horses right now and are selling them for cheap
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I bought my horse for $500 and there was absolutely nothing wrong with him he was just green and scared. No temperment or health issues what so ever. Some people just dont know what they have and esp with the economy the way it is.

But from personal experience i would never buy a Paso, every single one ive ever met has been crazy, then can be tempermental and crazy. No offence to any one that has one, i'm just saying from my experiences.

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post #6 of 46 Old 05-28-2009, 04:46 PM
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Sometimes you can buy very nice horses for under 500. I bought one once for 50.

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post #7 of 46 Old 05-28-2009, 04:53 PM
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I have a friend who got one for free and he is wonderful! Green but a very quick learner!
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post #8 of 46 Old 05-28-2009, 04:57 PM
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Check the horse first and have it vet checked! If the horses likes you and you like the horse and you think its good. Give it a go. I bought a horse for $300 and she is one of my best mares.

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post #9 of 46 Old 05-28-2009, 05:15 PM
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Price doesnt have much to do with it if you vet check it. The market is so far down that there are going to be alot of cheap horses. I agree with SD, there are 10k horses out there that are worse than 500 dollar horses. Just depends on the horse.

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post #10 of 46 Old 05-28-2009, 06:15 PM
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Price really doesn't mean much, especially if you know what you are looking for in a horse. I have never paid more than 600$ for a horse, and each one has been suitable for the purposes I have wanted it for.

Sure, you "may" not get a fully trained, been there, done that, type horse but then again, you may be pleasantly surprised. I have always bought untrained, or otherwise 'project' horses (horses with some training, or 'messed up training').
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