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post #1 of 8 Old 12-06-2010, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think lol?

we are currently looking for a horse , at the minute we dont have a big budget and its proving hard to find a descent horse so i was just thinking should i leave it a year and save ? Hopefully by that time i will have saved up another 600 atleast ( i know , i know you shouldnt count your chickens before there hatched but just a thought) And then i wil be able to buy a better quality horse .
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-06-2010, 06:39 PM
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You have to understand, the original purchase price is nothing compared to the cost of maintaining a horse for even, say, a year. You have to worry about paying board, lessons if you're new to riding, feed, tack, farrier, vet bills, and everything else that comes up. Are you prepared to take on this responsibility? Have you looked into the cost of board in your area? I don't mean to sound discouraging, but it's a long-term commitment that eats up a lot of $!
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-06-2010, 06:45 PM
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I've paid under or right at $1000 for all of my horses and they have all been great horses. I would say just keep looking and in the mean time save some money. I don't think money has anything to do with it. Unless your looking for perfect conformation and perfect bloodlines, then obviously your going to pay good money for that. Me i could care less about all that, but i don't show either and i don't have crazy money to spend on a horse either. But I think you can find a great horse thats inexpensive you just have to look around.

But equiniphile brings up good points as well.. They are very expensive to maintain..
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-06-2010, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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You have to understand, the original purchase price is nothing compared to the cost of maintaining a horse for even, say, a year. You have to worry about paying board, lessons if you're new to riding, feed, tack, farrier, vet bills, and everything else that comes up. Are you prepared to take on this responsibility? Have you looked into the cost of board in your area? I don't mean to sound discouraging, but it's a long-term commitment that eats up a lot of $!
I know what the expenses of owning a horse is and i know how much responsability it takes.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-06-2010, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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I've paid under or right at $1000 for all of my horses and they have all been great horses. I would say just keep looking and in the mean time save some money. I don't think money has anything to do with it. Unless your looking for perfect conformation and perfect bloodlines, then obviously your going to pay good money for that. Me i could care less about all that, but i don't show either and i don't have crazy money to spend on a horse either. But I think you can find a great horse thats inexpensive you just have to look around.

But equiniphile brings up good points as well.. They are very expensive to maintain..
Yes i understand what you are saying . i am looking for a horse at around 800 but anything at or around that price is an ex-race horse , young , very old , a broodmare or completely mad .I am like you i honestly dnt care about the horses breeding , conformation ect but i realy cant find what im looking for.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-06-2010, 07:39 PM
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In that case, what are you looking for doing with a horse? All of my horses have cost me less than $1000, a variety of trail horses, a dressage mare, eventing prospects.....My best horse cost me $850 20 years ago, and he's the most reliable horse I've ever ridden! I would say, start looking within your price range now to see if you find "the" horse
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-07-2010, 06:22 AM
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It is my understanding that horses in UK and Europe are a fair bit more expensive than ones in America. I know Australia is more expensive too. I'm often surprised by how cheap the horses that Americans get are.

If you want a decent horse that isn't old or young then in my experience you do have to spend a bit more (over $1000 here, probably more, not sure how that works out with you). You end up paying for training or breeding. If you save what you are planning to spend on upkeep for a few months you should have a decent amount saved. Remember you're probably going to need $1000 or so for tack and gear.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-07-2010, 06:39 AM
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Ya, around here in the U.S. The price of horses is fairly cheap but that's due to the economy. So, you can find decent horses for a good price because people can't sell them for what their worth and many are just trying to get rid of them. The cost of a horse is nothing compared to the cost of upkeep. Some people are lucky and have their horses on their property and their own hay.
But many people just can't justify having a horse for the simple fact of money. I hope you find what your looking for. Are there any rescues in your area that maybe you can take a look? Adoption fees aren't all that bad.
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