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post #11 of 19 Old 07-28-2013, 07:22 PM
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Could you set up an on line store of your handcrafted horses? The internet gets to all regions, not just the one you live in
I was thinking the same thing.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #12 of 19 Old 07-28-2013, 07:49 PM
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A horse is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. However, there are suckers born every minute.

A stable that my wife worked for, paid around $50,000 for a warmblood from Czech. An awesome looking and huge horse. He bucked the owner off once and then he was left alone the rest of the time he was there. They finally sent him off to training but decided to donate him to a university.

I kind of understand paying a lot for a stallion with great bloodlines. After they are gelded, bloodlines really don't mean much.
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post #13 of 19 Old 07-28-2013, 08:27 PM
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A stable that my wife worked for, paid around $50,000 for a warmblood from Czech.
My neighbor has purchased two horses from Europe so far this year (and it's still only July!). Haven't asked her what the horses cost, but just shipping them from there to the western US can't be cheap.
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post #14 of 19 Old 07-28-2013, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Could you set up an on line store of your handcrafted horses? The internet gets to all regions, not just the one you live in
I haven't made any in quite a while, so I'm no longer trying to sell them. I was just using this as an example of the difference in attitudes from one region to another.
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post #15 of 19 Old 07-29-2013, 12:53 AM
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I think I get what you're saying, tell me if I'm wrong.

In town, a horse is 5k. In the country, the same horse is $500?
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post #16 of 19 Old 07-29-2013, 01:03 AM
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A horse is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. However, there are suckers born every minute.

A stable that my wife worked for, paid around $50,000 for a warmblood from Czech. An awesome looking and huge horse. He bucked the owner off once and then he was left alone the rest of the time he was there. They finally sent him off to training but decided to donate him to a university.
Just because a horse is expensive does not mean s/he performs for everyone. And just because someone has money doesn't mean s/he can ride.
When you pay that kind of money for a horse, it's usually for talent and the potential to go far in the show world. But that does not mean an expensive horse will automatically carry you to glory. Many talented horses are not easy to ride, think of Hickstead who was known to be notoriously difficult.
Don't know the people, so I can't judge, but they might have better invested in riding lessons from a good coach who knows European horses, rather than sending the horse to training.

We have a similar divide between urban and rural areas when it comes to horses. I always thought it was cause of the difference in people's lifestyle. In rural areas here, people often have horses "on the side", they have a big field where the horses live year-round and sometimes get ridden. In urban areas however, many people make a very concious choice to have horses and it's a time- and cost-intensive hobby. It's just a different attitude. In the end, I always feel like no matter if someone pays $300 or $3000 for the horse, it doesn't really matter all that much. In the light of how much it costs to properly keep a horse, the purchase price doesn't make all that big a difference.
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Just because a horse is expensive does not mean s/he performs for everyone. And just because someone has money doesn't mean s/he can ride.
When you pay that kind of money for a horse, it's usually for talent and the potential to go far in the show world. But that does not mean an expensive horse will automatically carry you to glory. Many talented horses are not easy to ride, think of Hickstead who was known to be notoriously difficult.
Don't know the people, so I can't judge, but they might have better invested in riding lessons from a good coach who knows European horses, rather than sending the horse to training.

We have a similar divide between urban and rural areas when it comes to horses. I always thought it was cause of the difference in people's lifestyle. In rural areas here, people often have horses "on the side", they have a big field where the horses live year-round and sometimes get ridden. In urban areas however, many people make a very concious choice to have horses and it's a time- and cost-intensive hobby. It's just a different attitude. In the end, I always feel like no matter if someone pays $300 or $3000 for the horse, it doesn't really matter all that much. In the light of how much it costs to properly keep a horse, the purchase price doesn't make all that big a difference.
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That sounds like a pretty plausible answer to me.
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post #18 of 19 Old 07-29-2013, 11:14 PM
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If you live in a place where you can buy good horse for $300, and you know where the same horse would bring $5,000, it seems to me that you should consider buying and transporting some horses.

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post #19 of 19 Old 07-30-2013, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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If you live in a place where you can buy good horse for $300, and you know where the same horse would bring $5,000, it seems to me that you should consider buying and transporting some horses.
LOL, yeah, without a driver's license and vehicle or a place to keep the horses? I guess I could try to persuade my landlady to let me keep them in the very tiny backyard while I ride one of them at a time to my hometown to sell. Three days journey on horseback, and take the train back home to get the next horse...

See the problem there?
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