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post #1 of 6 Old 08-07-2013, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Trying to find the right horse...

How much would you pay for a pleasure riding horse ?

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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Horses where I live range from $100-$3,500, my bugdet for buying a horse is $1,500
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 12:11 AM
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If you have a budget of $1,500 then I would say you have the ability to secure a decent riding horse. Where I am that money would get you a steady, reliable and (usually) sound mount. It probably wouldn't be of competitive 'show quality' but it would safely pack you around the trails and fun shows for many years. Sometimes, I think, the real trick is to find the balance between waiting it out for the right horse to come along that clicks with you versus making a hasty decision in order to get riding or being fooled by a pretty face.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 12:15 AM
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That is about average ($1000-$2000) for a good, broke, pleasure riding horse. I'm in southeastern Oklahoma. Of course you can find one for $100 that is not broke, wild and crazy and I just saw a roping horse for sale for $17,000. So it really depends on what your looking for and willing to pay.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 12:23 AM
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For $1500, you should be able to get a pretty darn nice horse, especially one that's not trained for any particular riding discipline like ranch work or showing.

Like Chevaux said, don't get too hung up on "pretty", especially at first. Any horse you find that interests you, go and try them out multiple times. If they are being sold as a trail horse, take them out on a trail or two to make sure that they are everything the seller claims. What I've found that helps is to picture every horse you see as a plain old sorrel with no white and a big, ugly head. That way, you're looking at their merits as a riding partner instead of thinking about what everyone will think of their looks.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 12:46 AM
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I'd pay up to about $3000 for a good aged (10ish), healthy, well conformed, attractive and quiet pleasure horse with the right training. This would be good with trails (gates, water, traffic), handling (floating, shoeing, saddling) and basic flatwork (walk, trot, canter, halt, turn, yield to pressure) and probably to pop over a little jump. I'd want it to also have experience going to competitions or club days.

For older horses, or ones without well rounded, calm training I'd pay less. Also horses such as a TBs or STBs go for a lot lower.
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