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post #31 of 59 Old 03-28-2015, 10:52 AM
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It is true that a seller often has an asking price and a lower figure in mind that they would be very happy to accept, especially if the buyer would be providing a good situation for the horse. Negotiating the price does need to be done tactfully by both parties. Is a 16 year old worth more or less than an 8 year old? It could be worth more if the buyer is looking for a well broke horse that is safe and dependable in all situations.
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I am not trying to derail the thread, but parts of this discussion clearly illustrate my theory about low horse prices. We horse owners are partly to blame. Believing what you are buying has value is a start.
Why would you tell someone that you have never met that a horse you have never met is not worth the price the owner is asking??
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I am not trying to derail the thread, but parts of this discussion clearly illustrate my theory about low horse prices. We horse owners are partly to blame. Believing what you are buying has value is a start.
Why would you tell someone that you have never met that a horse you have never met is not worth the price the owner is asking??
I agree. I think $2,500.00 is a fair price to pay for what the OP is looking for, and I would not say the horse is worth less because of his age. Are there situations where someone can purchase a good horse for much less than it's worth? Sure there are, but you don't come across them everyday, and if you do is the horse worth what you paid or what you SHOULD have paid? I would have a problem with someone offering me less than half of what I was selling a horse for. If my price was just a little over what they had to spend I might negotiate.
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16 is not old!!!! What you pay is up to you and your bank account. I don't think the price is out of line for a good, sound, well trained horse. You can always make an offer and see what happens.

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I'd say 15 is definitely not too old. My horse is 18 and jumping over four feet and still going strong with cross country when we do it. My mother's old lesson horse, Spike Lee, quit barrel racing when he was 29, and I know a Morgan mare who is now 33 or 34 and is having her last showing season this summer. As for cost, if the horse does what you want her to do, and holds true to what they've said, $2500 is a good price.
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I am thinking about buying a horse that is 15 years old. Will turn 16 in June. I will be using her for trail riding. She is an outstanding horse but so many people say 16 is "old". She has points in many different areas but I will just use her for trail riding. So 1. would you worry about that age and 2. is $2,500 for a good horse to much for that age?
Well she is on the older side.... 2,500 is a fairly good price. Trail riding would be good. I think she will be okay.
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I don't think 15 is too old to be a trail horse. Not at all. However, I do think that you can get a good trail horse for less than $2,500! At least you can around here.



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I have a friend that has a 16 year old quarter horse that he ropes off of. He is an exceptionally nice horse. He recently turned down $20,000 for the horse. He was afraid that he couldn't replace him without spending more.

Price is relative.

I can't imagine selling one of my nice trail horses for $2,500.

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I have a friend that has a 16 year old quarter horse that he ropes off of. He is an exceptionally nice horse. He recently turned down $20,000 for the horse. He was afraid that he couldn't replace him without spending more.

Price is relative.

I can't imagine selling one of my nice trail horses for $2,500.
I mentioned previously that in our area, mature, reliable horses are a niche market that fetch a good price, and this is exactly why. When you are lucky enough to have horses of this type, they are "keepers", folks are very reluctant to sell them, and when they do, they will not sell cheap.
BTW, this doesn't just apply to trail/performance horses...I've looked at and ridden a few lesson horses that I put in the same category. Every once in a while you ride a horse and know that it is the "total package".

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If you want safe, NOTHING is better than "been there, done that, will keep you safe" middle aged horse. $2,500.00 saves you $1k on an ER visit.
People think that trail riding is easy and safe. On one of my rides in Shawnee National Forest DH's 20yo, "Merry Boy's Hart" walked into and started dragging a piece of barbed wire fencing. I was, fortunately behind him and saw the wire, and I dismounted, this SEASONED horse let me pick up his foot and remove it, and we continued. A young horse or another without that many years of experience would have panicked and probably both horse and rider would have been injured. It's not worth it.
Good trail horses are gems and if she is as described, she IS worth at LEAST $2,500.00
I'd say no if she was a 25yo.

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