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Secondtimearound 04-30-2011 12:26 AM

Prices for buying/affording a high performance horse?
 
Back in the game now and in an area where high priced horses seem to rule. I am not kidding when I tell you most places here have special barns for show horses, which is code for Six digits prices. I have been told horses that clear 4 ft etc run 6 digits. When I check the horse exchange site, there see a ton of high five figures and six figure horses. I am trying to ease my husband into the cost of getting back into riding. Some stables here are 2400 a month,Most, 1000.00 a month. That's on top of lessons and the rest? I feel like I need a clear budget when presenting this incredibly expensive sport to him. Anyone have real numbers as I was living in the clouds.

Thanks for your info

PintoTess 04-30-2011 05:26 AM

It depends on sire and dam, confo and potential and ability. If all these factors are good, you are looking at a pretty high priced horse.

wren 05-01-2011 04:41 PM

Holy cow, where do you live?
Really, you might want to look into getting a horse of the same quality but cheaper from a different part of the country. Not only will you have the mystique of "where did this wonderful horse come from?" with the other boarders, but even with shipping it might end up being a good bit cheaper.

Saddlebag 05-01-2011 05:40 PM

Years ago a young lad of about 14 entered the show ring on an immacuately groomed and fed cross-bred farm horse. Yes, the farmer was there in his over-alls. He was a fine horseman who had taught this kid on his work horse. The two put on quite a show clearing some fairly high jumps and beating the pants off the high priced horses. It was wonderful. After that they were often a winning pair, the farmer in the sidelines just beaming.

Deerly 05-01-2011 09:18 PM

Yikes, where do you live? There are lots of really talented horses in the 4-5 figure price range without having to make the jump up to 6. Generally those 6 figure horses not only have breeding and talent but also a lot of show experience, wins and ribbons under their belts.

It really depends on the sort of horse you are looking for. If you just want a good, solid horse to get back into riding and not a horse who has an impressive show record or pedigree you should be able to find a much more reasonable price.

I live in Los Angeles, CA where horses / boarding / everything is very expensive compared to many other places in the country due to limited horse space and land. Boarding around here is between $350 - $1000 depending on the barn / amenities you need. Training / lessons is on top of that. It's fairly easy to find good, safe boarding between 400 and 500/mo.

Of course, if you want to jump into the big show leagues that is a very expensive hobby. The big show barns and training comes with a huge price tag not to mention the tack / clothes / hauling to shows and the big shows are also very pricey just to enter each class.

Of course, there is plenty to do and love with horses without showing on the A circuit and shelling out thousands of dollars a month on top of a six figure horse! Once you decide what your goals and priorities are I"m sure you'll both find a way to make it work :)

franknbeans 05-01-2011 09:40 PM

I have no idea where you live, but I live in NOVA, which is pretty expensive, nothing like you are talking tho. (Noone would be able to have horses!) I have a feeling that you are looking to be competitive at fairly high levels. That would be the only way I could explain the price. However, if you have been out for much time at all, you might try to get back into it yourself, without actually making such a huge investment. Who knows-perhaps your riding is not all it used to be. Been there, done that.:wink: I now prefer all 4 feet on the ground! Sort of goes with the old 'statement-"you can never go back'' It just isn't the same.

upnover 05-02-2011 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by franknbeans (Post 1019914)
I have no idea where you live, but I live in NOVA, which is pretty expensive, nothing like you are talking tho. (Noone would be able to have horses!)

Actually there are quite a few barns in the Nova area that don't think twice about a horse that's well 6 figures.

a lot of it is going to depend on what level you are, what discipline, and what kind of shows you want to do. If you're showing hunters at 3"6 (or even 3") and want to travel to (and win at) the top A shows? Yes, expect 6 figure price range. Easily. Although at 3" you can find a good one for upper 5 figures. If you're just starting off, want to do more local shows or lower level A shows, you could find a decent horse for lower 5 figures. So figure out first what your goals are and what's manageable in your budget.

Our barn is a big show barn but in a fairly inexpensive area of the country so our board is $650 a month. That's about average for the show barns in the area, although there is one that's $1200 a month (that also includes full groom service, which means you never have to brush or tack/untack your horse) I think you need to go around and find which barn best suits your future plans, then you can get some more specific numbers. If you want to be at the top, you often have to ride with the top, and shell out the big bucks. If you're just looking to show a little but learn a lot, that can be done at a much lower price tag.

upnover 05-02-2011 11:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag (Post 1019579)
Years ago a young lad of about 14 entered the show ring on an immacuately groomed and fed cross-bred farm horse. Yes, the farmer was there in his over-alls. He was a fine horseman who had taught this kid on his work horse. The two put on quite a show clearing some fairly high jumps and beating the pants off the high priced horses. It was wonderful. After that they were often a winning pair, the farmer in the sidelines just beaming.


I love stories like this! It's always nice when the underdog comes out on top. However, it's not the norm and while you might be able to find a diamond in the rough it's not nearly as likely. Some of it too will depend on what discipline you show in. The jumpers? More likely. Hunters? Well, there aren't many farm horses winning at the top.

SaratogaTB 05-02-2011 12:42 PM

You can find an amazing sport horse on CanterUSA.Org

If you do your due diligence, you can find a trainer that wants a solid, sound, willing TB to just get a good home. Sometimes they will give them to you, I have also seen them go for $500. The hunter champion in the state I ride in came through CanterUSA.org for $600 and he is a flashy boy winning all his classes.

Check it out!

kitten_Val 05-02-2011 01:11 PM

My dressage trainer is charging I believe $450/month. 1 jumping ring, 2 dressage arenas and 1 indoor with mirrors. Not super-fancy barn (like some in area), but very nice. Now while its in MD it's still very far from DC (takes me about hour to get there, longer if I haul the horse). Everything similar close to DC probably will be twice more expensive.


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