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post #1 of 2 Old 06-29-2020, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Fair price for a green horse

Hey folks! I'm new here but have been lurking around for some time.

Long story short, I've quite recently relocated to the US, so I'm not familiar with the market. I consider myself a decent rider that can ride most things that move and be competitive in amateur eventing.

There is a mare (no papers, but allegedly a WB, and looks like one) that I've had the chance to ride for the past few weeks. When I started riding her she was very green, but made a good amount of progress and I see some potential to turn her into a decent amateur family horse. She's about 6-8 years old (vet can probably confirm this during a PPE), moves nicely, jumps well and has a pretty good temperament, but by no means a bombproof horse. I think she still needs a lot of mileage before you could give her to children / beginners unsupervised. Right now she obviously has little to no show experience.

I'd probably pay about 3-5k EUR in NL/BE/DE area if she had an OK pedigree (i.e. no odd crosses, OK enough for a breeding horse). No papers maybe 1-2.5k EUR, but frankly, I don't remember last time I saw a horse sold without the pedigree. Again, I'm not familiar with US market.

What would be a fair price range assuming that she's healthy? Is it fair to knock the price down because they can't get her papers (would like to keep the option to breed)?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-29-2020, 08:24 PM
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Any horse without papers is grade and worth less per se' because of a lack of papers.
That you can refute easily depending upon training and experience the horse has...
Being this horse is green and has not much saddle time it will absolutely affect the price the animal is worth.
Without papers, a brand there is no proof of anything...
You have a mutt...some sort of draft and something else that bred and created what you see...
That is all a warmblood is is a mutt..period.
Could it of been a purposeful cross, maybe or maybe it was a oops stallion got loose and did the deed and again, what you see is what you get.

To me, the value of the animal is attributed more to being green, no papers, no saddle time, no experience and no one seems clear on age...
That to me is the negotiating point...
Would I offer less for a animal that is lacking in all those areas...yes.
You see potential...that is something you keep to yourself not discuss with anyone or you will be paying more for what you have accomplished riding the animal recently.
Mum is the word..
The PPE is paid for by you, a vet of your choice and the findings are yours to know and if you choose to share them, again a negotiating point of the sale.

The worst day is instantly better when shared with my horse.....
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