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How much do good kid/beginner horses go for?
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cavyrunsbarrels
Reg. Dec 2010
Posted 2018-11-07 10:11 PM (#7412696)
Subject: How much do good kid/beginner horses go for?



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I’ve never had to think about this before lol. So the horse in question is 10 y/o, 15.3 hands, very pretty apha gelding. Completely bombproof. Has been handled by tiny children and given beginner lessons to kids and adults. Rides English and western, trail rides, has done mounted shooting. Has NO faults. Trailers like a dream, perfect for farrier/vet/dentist. Stands great for bathing, grooming, etc. Easy to deworm, give shots to, and catch. Fine with stall, dry lot, or pasture. Can be turned out for 6 months and hop on bareback with a halter and he’ll be the same as when he’s being ridden consistently. His ONLY issue is that he does require injections in his lower back and SI about twice a year. He is totally sound to ride at all gaits, and will do anything you ask but is happier and more comfortable doing slower, lighter work. Basically, he would thrive as a trail horse, lesson horse, or confidence builder for a kid or adult getting into/back into riding, and could definitely do 4h and/or local shows. 

Sooo, what is a reasonable price for a horse like this?
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~BINGO~
Reg. Jan 2012
Posted 2018-11-08 11:02 AM (#7412737 - in reply to #7412696)
Subject: RE: How much do good kid/beginner horses go for?



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Bumping you up. :)
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ajs2002
Reg. Apr 2006
Posted 2018-11-08 11:25 AM (#7412742 - in reply to #7412696)
Subject: RE: How much do good kid/beginner horses go for?



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Due to needing the injections to be comfortable that puts him in the $1000-$3500 catagory around here.  Big sway just depending on how he moves and how pretty and ........
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mtcanchazer
Reg. Apr 2012
Posted 2018-11-08 12:15 PM (#7412759 - in reply to #7412696)
Subject: RE: How much do good kid/beginner horses go for?



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If you find out, let me know! LOL I have my beginner horse (AQHA registered mare, 17 y/o, 3D/4D barrels, given lessons, no maintenance, safe, safe horse, etc) priced at $4000/obo, and quite a bit of intersest but no buyers and only one person came to look and didn't get back to me..  
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stayceem
Reg. May 2007
Posted 2018-11-08 3:34 PM (#7412790 - in reply to #7412696)
Subject: RE: How much do good kid/beginner horses go for?



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I think that's such a huge scope and so subjective to each person. For me personally, I would want to know WHY the injections... is it something that will continue to progress and depending on whats going on could cause issues very quickly/easily.

I would say a horse without back problems from what I have seen, I think around $2500. It just seems like good riding horses don't have much for market value... not sure why but just what I've noticed. I know quite a few people who sell very well broke ... used on the ranch type horses and cant seem to sell them for much even though they're great teachers.

Now a horse like another posted described 3d/4d barrel horse that's safe and "aged"... I think $4500 is fair but it does seem like over 14 and people think they're knocking on deaths door.
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Chandler's Mom
Reg. Jan 2015
Posted 2018-11-08 10:23 PM (#7412819 - in reply to #7412790)
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stayceem - 2018-11-08 3:34 PM

I think that's such a huge scope and so subjective to each person. For me personally, I would want to know WHY the injections... is it something that will continue to progress and depending on whats going on could cause issues very quickly/easily.

I would say a horse without back problems from what I have seen, I think around $2500. It just seems like good riding horses don't have much for market value... not sure why but just what I've noticed. I know quite a few people who sell very well broke ... used on the ranch type horses and cant seem to sell them for much even though they're great teachers.

Now a horse like another posted described 3d/4d barrel horse that's safe and "aged"... I think $4500 is fair but it does seem like over 14 and people think they're knocking on deaths door.

Your last paragraph makes me think of my special boy. . . . When I got ready to buy my first horse after my wreck, I knew NOTHING, so I had some close friends that knew horses and me and my needs help me. Dan was sold to me as 14 years old; when I had him vetted, turned out to be 20ish. I don't know if I would have bought him had I known that at the beginning. Had I not, I would have missed out on almost 20 years of pure love from one of God's biggest blessings to me. I lost him July 21st at the age of 39. One of the MANY lessons my Doodlebug taught me was not to pay too much attention to age. For a kid's horse that is healthy, I absolutely would buy a 16 or 17 year old. I think they're like fine wine, better with age.
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stayceem
Reg. May 2007
Posted 2018-11-09 8:36 AM (#7412833 - in reply to #7412819)
Subject: RE: How much do good kid/beginner horses go for?



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Chandler's Mom - 2018-11-08 10:23 PM

stayceem - 2018-11-08 3:34 PM

I think that's such a huge scope and so subjective to each person. For me personally, I would want to know WHY the injections... is it something that will continue to progress and depending on whats going on could cause issues very quickly/easily.

I would say a horse without back problems from what I have seen, I think around $2500. It just seems like good riding horses don't have much for market value... not sure why but just what I've noticed. I know quite a few people who sell very well broke ... used on the ranch type horses and cant seem to sell them for much even though they're great teachers.

Now a horse like another posted described 3d/4d barrel horse that's safe and "aged"... I think $4500 is fair but it does seem like over 14 and people think they're knocking on deaths door.

Your last paragraph makes me think of my special boy. . . . When I got ready to buy my first horse after my wreck, I knew NOTHING, so I had some close friends that knew horses and me and my needs help me. Dan was sold to me as 14 years old; when I had him vetted, turned out to be 20ish. I don't know if I would have bought him had I known that at the beginning. Had I not, I would have missed out on almost 20 years of pure love from one of God's biggest blessings to me. I lost him July 21st at the age of 39. One of the MANY lessons my Doodlebug taught me was not to pay too much attention to age. For a kid's horse that is healthy, I absolutely would buy a 16 or 17 year old. I think they're like fine wine, better with age.

I agree. When I grew up, I remember the "Prime" of a horse was like 8-16... I ran so many great horses in their teens who ran into their twenties. Seems like a horse now ages out of its "prime" at like 10. Not sure when that happened.
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Runnincat
Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2018-11-09 9:09 AM (#7412837 - in reply to #7412696)
Subject: RE: How much do good kid/beginner horses go for?


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We just went thru this with my grandchildren.  Trying to mount them on something I felt comfortable with was a challenge.  My daughter-in-law bought an older gelding (they told us he was 15 at the time and "went back" to Hollywood Dunnit) for $6500.  He is unpapered and looks like a cross between a QH, Morgan and Arab.  Has a little bit of a sway back but is an extremely smooth mover.   My husband and I gasped when he came off the trailer but he is worth his weight in gold to us.  My 4 year old GD rides him independently.  Now age 5, shes entering the arena by herself on him and loping to each barrel.  The other horse is my old barrel horse I retired due to kissing spine.  It just so happens he has made a wonderful horse for my grandson who is 9.  I would NEVER sell him for under 8.  (PS the kissing spine doesnt bother him with the light rider, light amount of riding and going slow)  They both ride in youth rodeos now and fun nights and tag along to jackpots with me.  These 2 horses are priceless us.  When you find a good one, they are worth some bucks.
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cavyrunsbarrels
Reg. Dec 2010
Posted 2018-11-09 10:18 AM (#7412853 - in reply to #7412696)
Subject: RE: How much do good kid/beginner horses go for?



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Thank you all, this has been helpful in giving me an idea. The last part of my description is at this point, hypothetical as we are still working to see if he will improve with more rehab/strength training, or if he's just done and needs an easy job. He's actually the horse in my profile pic. The love of my life and "heart horse". I just wanna do whatever is best for him. 
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MOGirl07
Reg. Feb 2012
Posted 2018-11-09 10:50 AM (#7412859 - in reply to #7412790)
Subject: RE: How much do good kid/beginner horses go for?



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stayceem - 2018-11-08 3:34 PM

I think that's such a huge scope and so subjective to each person. For me personally, I would want to know WHY the injections... is it something that will continue to progress and depending on whats going on could cause issues very quickly/easily.

I would say a horse without back problems from what I have seen, I think around $2500. It just seems like good riding horses don't have much for market value... not sure why but just what I've noticed. I know quite a few people who sell very well broke ... used on the ranch type horses and cant seem to sell them for much even though they're great teachers.

Now a horse like another posted described 3d/4d barrel horse that's safe and "aged"... I think $4500 is fair but it does seem like over 14 and people think they're knocking on deaths door.

Totally agree with your last paragraph there. I don't understand why people are so reluctant to purchase a horse over 14ish. It's insane. My daughter's horse will 21 in the spring, my mare will be 18. They both have a good amount of useful years.
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