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post #1 of 35 Old 03-09-2015, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
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Prices of Horses

I am finally looking for a horse and I cant decide what will be a good price to buy a horse for I am 5feet 7 inches weigh 200 lbs, please advise height of horse should I buy and price range I also want to use the horse for my boys ages 12 and 9
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post #2 of 35 Old 03-09-2015, 07:18 AM
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This somewhat depends on your geographic location, the type of horse & the horses ability level. Here in the eastern US the horse market is still low. As an example I was offered several free horses last year because people could not afford to care for them. One that I took in was a 3 yr old AQHA green broke mare and has made a wonderful ranch horse with a little additional training.

I would check prices in your local paper , local horse auctions, SPCA and call some local breeders to get a feel for prices in your area before you buy anything.
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post #3 of 35 Old 03-09-2015, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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every person i come accross here is asking for 4 to 5 thousand dollars and trying to tell me that it is a really big thing to buy a horse its all a money game but I never believe this horse are living things not cars that only the rich and famous can buy horses are individuals its not only the looks that matter
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You want something stout. Depending on where you are located you may or may not be able to find a draft type pony or really well built QH. Prices are subject to your area. You'll want an older been there done that that has plenty of miles and a personality that is forgiving to new riders. Looking around on craigslist, horse buy/sell sites or the at the local feed dealers as well as talking to the people you ride with will tell you what your current price range is.
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post #5 of 35 Old 03-09-2015, 09:01 AM
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I agree, something stout and maybe stocky. A quarter horse would probably be fine. Based on your height, you'd probably fit a 15-16hh horse.

If you want a good trail horse, it could cost you 4-5k. Around here they're anywhere from 1k-10k.
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post #6 of 35 Old 03-09-2015, 10:33 AM
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every person i come accross here is asking for 4 to 5 thousand dollars and trying to tell me that it is a really big thing to buy a horse its all a money game but I never believe this horse are living things not cars that only the rich and famous can buy horses are individuals its not only the looks that matter
Unfortunately it can be a money game but unless you are looking for something to show, you certainly don't need to pay 4 or 5 grand. One thing to keep in mind is that a horse being sold out of a fancy stable might bring that price but the same horse being sold out of someone's backyard might be hard pressed to fetch $1,000.00.
On the other side, the purchase price evens off over a period of time with the maintenance of keeping a horse. Paying a bit more (not thousands) for the right horse sometimes is a savings in the long run.
The most important thing is to find a safe sound horse and these do come in all price ranges, from free on up. Keep in mind what you expect from the horse both now and in the future and keep looking. I would avoid auctions unless you are experienced or know someone who is. Auction horses can be a gamble, although some great horses do end up there. In any case have the horse vetted and take along anyone that you know with some knowledge if you can. Also look for a seller that will work with you. I would definitely go with one that is more concerned about the future home of their horse than one wanting to make a quick sale.
As for size and type . . .I would suggest something in the 15 hand range, but built sturdy.
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post #7 of 35 Old 03-09-2015, 11:22 AM
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I have bought several horses. 3 awesome trail horses cost me $400, $400 again, and a trade for the other. But, it depends on your area and the time of year you buy. Where I am, if you buy one right before winter or in the midst of winter, you can get one for anywhere from $100 to $1000 or the super expensive show ones for more, but in the summer when no one is worried about hay, they all cost at least a thousand.
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Horse prices depend on a lot of things, including how much the seller thinks of their horse. I recall seeing several poorly put together draft crosses that were registered as American Warmblood, either green broke or not even started, being sold for $10k+ because the sellers thought they could charge that much just because the horse was a "warmblood." You'll see the same thing with any breed when the seller thinks their horse has 'amazing' bloodlines or has a half sibling that's a world champion.

For a first horse, I would advise against going to an auction, and if you look at rescues, ensure that they are reputable ones. Some are, unfortunately, just horse traders who are looking to make a profit even if it means being somewhat less than honest about the horse.

Do you/your sons take lessons anywhere? Trainers are great resources for horse shopping, both in that they usually know who is selling (especially horses that may not be actually listed anywhere), and that they can help you select a horse that is suitable to your skill level and desires.

In my area, you can usually find a reasonable trail horse for $1-2k. Anything under that price range tends to have behavioral/training issues to work through or some kind of physical ailment- not good for a first time horse owner and not good for a kids' riding horse.

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post #9 of 35 Old 03-09-2015, 12:10 PM
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every person i come accross here is asking for 4 to 5 thousand dollars and trying to tell me that it is a really big thing to buy a horse its all a money game but I never believe this horse are living things not cars that only the rich and famous can buy horses are individuals its not only the looks that matter
Where are you located?
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It all depends on where you are, the color, the owner, if it has shoes are not. Horse clicks is a good place to look. Good luck!
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