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post #11 of 14 Old 09-06-2013, 08:33 PM
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I've advertised my horse for sale on Facebook, and I get so many comments about her size. How big is she? I tell them, probably around 14.3 hh. Then they say, "Well that's too small. I already have small horses." I really want to respond with, "Well good things come in small packages!"
If you happen to be 6' and about 200 lbs, you may not feel good about riding that small package

I also know from experience that it is possible to get a good "free to good home" horse. Maybe not one under 10 years - Ellie was 17 when I got her - but after a bit of training (for both of us) she's become a good trail horse for this novice rider.
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post #12 of 14 Old 09-06-2013, 10:02 PM
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I don't know....I bought a reg MFT for $500 last year at a dispersal sale. She is a little too "hot" for a total newbie, but an excellent ride. I've seen some pretty decent horses for under $1000 in my area over the last few years.
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I don't know....I bought a reg MFT for $500 last year at a dispersal sale. She is a little too "hot" for a total newbie, but an excellent ride. I've seen some pretty decent horses for under $1000 in my area over the last few years.
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That's where your from though. In some places the horse market is alot lower than others. Here your not going to find that. There are a lot of nice older 15 years to 20 years, good broke beginner horses for sale for $600-$900 range. Just kid broke horses, but these people don't want an older horse.
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post #14 of 14 Old 09-07-2013, 12:43 AM
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There are a few ways to get a "next to free" horse, none of which are usually suitable for a beginner or child.

In the long run, it won't really matter if you pay $300 or $3000 for the purchase price, chances are you'll spend a multiple of it on feed, board, vet bills, lessons, training etc.

On a side note, here it is not even all that easy to find a good, sound, well trained horse between ~ 6 and 10 yrs old (let alone one for <$1000). They do exist, but usually if someone has made the effort to start and train the horse well, they don't turn around and sell it right away.
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