Question About Value.
I have a GORGEOUS Spotted Saddle/TWH mare (not sure of age) that is green broke, and getting more training at the moment. She's very sane, and trail worthy, but she doesn't like being away from the other horses when you go riding, and she gets kind of nervous about animals making rustling noises in the leaves. I will be selling her soon, and I was wondering how much she might be worth, in this economy. With her problems and with them corrected. She's a sweetheart(:
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Gonna throw $500 out there.
Green broke horses just aren't terribly marketable right now, at least not in my neck of the woods.
A dead broke, rock solid, reliable trail horse with no soundness issues is around $2500.; which I think is a crying shame. Most people will have way more than that in a horse before they get it to that stage of training.
Your girl is cute and flashy, which is a plus. It's usually easier to sell color.
You don't mention her size, a horse up to carrying weight will usually birng more. Anything 15.3 - 16 H and up you can get a little more for.
So my real answer to your question is right now she's worth between free to a good home and $500. Sorry, that's the market right now. Finished and rock solid broke with no holes in her training and no "buts" as in but doesn't load, but doesn't go in front, but isn't good for the farrier. $2500 - $3500 depending on her size, how well she gaits, etc.
Thanks both of you, that was very helpful. She's pretty tall I would say, though so I guess anything-500 either way. I just want her to go to a good home, so I appreciate the comments. (:
Too bad the economy is bad, lol.
age will have a big effect as well, people expect issues with a 3 or 4 yo, not so much with a 6-10 year old, and not much market for a 16 or older horse.
Work on her a couple of more months, get her to a 'solid broke' rather than 'green broke' status, work out the spooky issues with her. Stick it out for another couple of months.
The horse market WILL increase in the next months, horse prices will rise again in the next year. You may see a better turn-out then, than now for what she has to offer right now. if you can afford to keep her and train her further along, she may yet be more valuable than right now :) It should be worth it.
I think it depends on where you are at too. I would guess there are a lot of gaited horses where you are.
In Arizona gaited horses used to bring a minimum of $2500. A couple of years ago I found a 15 yr old Fox Trotter for $500 and felt like I stole her. She's not perfect either, but she's a good girl and a lot of fun. A neighbor got another Fox Trotter, 7 yrs. old, for $800. So I would guess in that price range. Really, it's exciting to me to be able to even afford a gaited horse. But on the other hand, it's kind of sad that a horse barely brings a months worth of training.
I am going to have to spend about $700 a month to get my colt trained, probably a minimum of 3 months if I am lucky, and then what I will get back is a horse worthless to anyone but myself. But hey, if he works out for me, that's all I am asking for.
That is why I am so afraid to part with my horses. You just don't know where they could end up. :cry:
I agree with bubba on $500, give or take a little. My horse is exactly like yours. He's ten, green broke, and spooks at everything, I paid $600 for him.
But it is a very unfortunate truth, that when horse slaughter stopped inside the USA and transport prices to neighboring countries were unaffordable due to rise in gas and diesel, horse prices took a severe dump and the horse industry was severely hurt because of it. Even here in this very thread, you see the complaint about "how years ago, a good trail horse could fetch 2500 Dollars and more, and it's a shame that it isn't that way anymore". Supply outstripped demand. Prices dumped. Economical Law.
I did not want to turn this into a pro/con horse slaughter thread - there are plenty of them out there. The only statement I put - and am pretty sure stands true - , was that, if nothing else, prices will be on the rise again.
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