Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
I'm not a professional trainer, but I vote No. Even after they were trained, you'd be hard-pressed to find a buyer. If you figure each horse would need 60 days at the current training price of $500 - $800/month, that's still $1000 - $1600 in just training fees for the horse, not to mention vet fees, farrier, and feed. So, low end estimate of $1800 - 2000 as a sale price on the mustangs.
I can buy a green broke registered Quarter Horse, Arab, or FoxTrotter for that. If I look hard enough, a really nice one with papers in need of a good home. Why would I want a mustang?
There's a nice mustang for sale here. He's been for sale for quite awhile. Lots of trail miles, he's done obstacle challenges, mounted shooting, ranch work -- a good handy broke horse. He's currently priced at $1000 with no takers down from $3000. Untouched weanlings sell for $1000. That pretty much illustrates how many people will buy a mustang... a friend of mine has offered $500 for him as a spare horse for her family if they get desperate. I'm pretty sure if he's not off the seller's hay bill by the time it snows, she'll have scored a nice horse that would have cost her 10x as much if he were a Quarter Horse.
Trainers who work with mustangs either do it for fun, or because a client has a mustang they are willing to pay to get a good start on. If there was a market for trained mustangs, trainers would have bought up a bunch of them by now, and they haven't.
Last edited by SilverMaple; 09-24-2019 at 11:22 AM.