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Ponyclubrocks
May. 2, 2007, 11:13 PM
My Dad bought my first horse for me in 1968 for $200. He was a 7 year old grade gelding (probable Morgan). He was a terrific horse and I had him for 32 years. He was 39 when he died in 2000. What a bargain! In that 32 years he was never sick, never lame and never refused a fence. We fox hunted, did pony club, low level eventing and a million trail rides. My last ride was two weeks before he died.

BarbeyGirl
May. 2, 2007, 11:17 PM
A few days of work cleaning up an old barn. :) She was an 18-year old, black-bay Arabian mare with a star and snip. Karlina and I spent three happy years together before my ability outgrew her age, when she went back to her former owner. She got out of the pasture, foundered on apples, and died shortly thereafter. I'll never forget her. :sadsmile:

ChocoMare
May. 3, 2007, 07:09 AM
$300 for a rain-rot encrusted frosted 9 y/o Appaloosa mare with a big right knee. I didn't care.... she needed to get out of where she was.

I had her for only 2 years and about 10 rides. :( The arthritis in that knee took her from me.

Boy do I miss that mare. :cry:

Arrow
May. 3, 2007, 07:13 AM
In 1973, my parents bought me a shetland pony for $60--the owner would have sold her to us for $55 if we would have been willing to take her weanling, too!

Thomas_1
May. 3, 2007, 07:20 AM
My very first one that I owned all by myself (without having to share with siblings) was a connemara pony stallion and my father (who was a horse trainer and hunt master) took it and 2 hunters to part settle a debt. I've not the faintest idea what the value of the debt was though as I was too young to care.

matryoshka
May. 3, 2007, 07:44 AM
"Free to a good home" pony mare that ran away with me continually on the trail. She was a flaxen, 14.2hh, and quite pretty. I still have a fear of being run away with, though, so there was some cost involved...She taught me to keep my butt in the saddle, that's for sure! If I got ahead, she'd stop, duck her head and let me roll off the front. Got behind, she'd take off. There's something to be said for a first horse that makes you ride right!

Thomas, it figures your first horse would have been a stallion. :D

chicamuxen1
May. 3, 2007, 07:49 AM
Oh, that would have been $175 for Shannon the wonder pony. He was a Connemara/Arabian cross that had run wild as a stallion in a herd of cattle since he was 2 yrs old. When he was 7 the neighbors of the farmer bought him and had to round up all the cattle and run them into a corral then thru a shoot to catch him. They had him castrated and slightly started under saddle when I talked my father into buying him for me. I was 16 yrs old, Shannon was 7 and basicly had learned to buck anyone off that got on him. Very talented boy. He was sired by a well know Connemara, Jimminy Cricket who was fairly famous for his jumping ability. Shannon inherited that ability and could jump anything he put his mind to. Fences of all type and heights to include electric and barb wire. Stall doors too if they had an open top. I rode him over a few 5' courses which I thought was darn good for a 14 hand pony. I sold him eventually to a family who had 3 young daughters and he went on to do really well in Junior Jumper competition. He was retired to their farm and lived the good life into his 30's. He was quite the character and a real gem.

chicamuxen

Anyplace Farm
May. 3, 2007, 10:00 AM
$500 in 1977. The one I own now? Also $500. The one before him, $1000. OTTBs...cheap!

BEARCAT
May. 3, 2007, 11:08 AM
$750

My second was $350
and my third $125 !! :)

Auventera Two
May. 3, 2007, 11:39 AM
My very first horse was a 30 something Saddlebred. I got him from the humane society for an adoption fee of $100.

2nd horse was a yearling colt for $200.

3rd horse, TB/QH mare 4 years old, around $2,000

4th horse, TB/QH mare 2 years old, $2,900

5th horse, Arabian mare very old, $700

6th horse, Arabian filly weanling, $1,000

7th horse, TB/QH mare 9 years old, $2,500

8th horse, PO/QH mare 16 years old, FREE (rescue)

Those were mine specifically. We've had a lot of others that were family owned. Some very expensive, and some free.

Reiter
May. 3, 2007, 12:02 PM
Mine sounds a lot like the OP's! :)
I bought her in '88 for $250! She's 1/2 Arabian and has done almost everything with me: A level jumpers, eventing, dressage, trail-riding, camping, etc. I just had a hunter pace with her on Sunday, so at almost 20 she is still going strong! :)
You can see her on my website if you like. Go to MARES and click on her name (Satyn)!
I breed warmbloods now, so unfortunately several Zero's have been added on to the price of my horses! :(

LanceBabe
May. 3, 2007, 12:07 PM
"Free to a good home" pony mare that ran away with me continually on the trail. She was a flaxen, 14.2hh, and quite pretty. I still have a fear of being run away with, though, so there was some cost involved...She taught me to keep my butt in the saddle, that's for sure! If I got ahead, she'd stop, duck her head and let me roll off the front. Got behind, she'd take off. There's something to be said for a first horse that makes you ride right!

Thomas, it figures your first horse would have been a stallion. :D

My first was a shetland pony gelding that I bought with my own money for $17 at a sale barn in 1970. He used to do that exact same thing to me!!!! I never had a saddle, though, and rode him bareback with just a halter and two lead ropes. I have no idea what his height was. I only had him a year and a half before I got too tall to ride him (and I'm only 5' tall, so he couldn't have been very big).

Bank of Dad
May. 3, 2007, 01:02 PM
Free for # 1,2,3, sent #3 back, and bought $700 QH in 1977 and had her 22 yrs, bred her to Arab for $250 in 1979, had the filly for 25 yrs, just paid $800 for her purebred 1/2 brother who was 4, untouched and untrained, but coming along great. Lets not talk about how much I've spent for training, lessons, vet fees, or assorted tack and junk.

HandsomeRansom
May. 3, 2007, 01:13 PM
The first horse my dad bought for me when I was 12 was $4500. The first horse I ever bought was $800.

Lori
May. 3, 2007, 01:27 PM
I rode other people's outgrown or cast away horses and ponies up until I graduated. None were really good horses or ponies and all of them had a quirk or temperament issue to deal with if. My dad did lease a pony for 6 months for me for my last year as a jr. Cost was 50.00/month, board was 30 or 40/mo that I remember.

My first horse was 700.00 and I made a few payments with a contract to a man in Great Falls, VA. Horse was a nutcase TB and I traded him for a wonderful pony from a "dealer" after about 6 months of failed handling (being new to this, I had no idea at the time the next person was a dealer).
I have spent as little as "free to good home" to 6500.00 on ponies.

The cost? Not having good ones wasn't good for the confidence or for the wallet when you had to sell them. I can collectively say I lost over 10k in sales price alone over the course of 20 or so years (but I have honestly never counted). It would have cost as much to have had a top trainer teach me these lessons in retrospect. lol Lots of heartbread involved (don't know if that is avoidable no matter what, though).

Good points, I learned A LOT of knowledge from the horses and ponies themselves. Wisdom only the horses themselves can teach. It is not in a book, nor can a human give you the feel of these lessons. I learned to ride and to read a horse--to really feel them, not to just ride on a horse.
I also know what I like and can feel it when I try it out. I think riding a lot of ones with quirks, dangerous tendencies and ruined temperaments helps in this respect. I can see it in a horse before I ever even get on and certain ones I won't even get on to try because I can see what they will be like and know I don't want that for my own. If it passes the trial test (usually 2 separate rides) and does not work out in a few months time, I will sell it and look for something that does click with me.
I look at horses as dance partners. If you cannot dance together, time to find a new partner..... ;)

Gracie
May. 3, 2007, 01:45 PM
$150 cash in 1975 (mostly ones and fives) in babysitting money I saved for the express purpose of buying a horse. She was an unbroke grade 3 year old chestnut filly with star-snip-strip.

She broke my shoulder the first week I got her back from the trainer when she reared up while I was riding bareback. I lost my balance and pulled her over backwards on me. Kept that horse for 7 years. We had such fun riding the trails together.

Romantic Rider
May. 3, 2007, 01:46 PM
I've been riding horses since before I could stand, so my Mom says. I know my parents led me around on a big Arabian mare, and a little grade pony gelding.

My first horse that I considered mine, (though she taught my two siblings to ride too) was a QH pony mare, and I have no idea what she cost. (And I guess I really didn't care.) We ended up putting her down because of founder.

Then I got a wild Paso Fino mare, that we had originally bought for my sister. But she was too spirited, so I got her. I loved that mare and we got along really well. She was expensive, 3500 if I remember correctly. But she had good bloodlines and had been a high level show horse. We sold her a couple of years ago when we made a big move.

Then I bought my little Arab mare, (they were asking 1000 for her, by we traded another horse, and I only paid 400)

And just in April I got an Anlgo-Arab mare for my birthday. She was 3500, but she is also a seasoned endurance horse.

strawberry roan
May. 3, 2007, 03:25 PM
$40 in 1973 for a 13.1. h pony that we had to walk about 5 miles home. We turned him into a great little hunt pony! :)

Dalriada
May. 3, 2007, 03:27 PM
Mine have all been dual purpose - show plus distance - so mine have cost considerably more. Anywhere from free to $10,000.

It pays off too as we have many champions in multiple divisions/disciplines with the same horses within their breeds.

HECS04
May. 3, 2007, 03:32 PM
My first horse was an arabian gleding (5 years old at the time) he was $5,000. My second horse was a thoroughbred mare (7 at the time) and she was $7,000. And my third was a 3 year old thoroughbred mare and she was $2,500.

Beverley
May. 3, 2007, 03:47 PM
1st, $200, 1965. Grade mare. Died o' colic within a year (and had a bad ticker besides, it turns out).

2nd, free, 1965, a weanling tw/qh cross given to me by a friend of Dad's. Unforunately had to be put down after a few months- came with a slight hitch in one hind leg that developed into paralysis in both hinds. Darn shame, was very cute, had a great mom and that woulda been a fun cross to try.

3rd $200, 1966. QH mare no papers. Owned her for 29 years, put down at age 31 in 1995

4th $700, 1970. QH g. Owned him for 26 years, and hunted him for 20, put down at age 28 in 1995.

5th free, 1973. QH gelding no papers. Free 'midnight' breeding to #3 above by manager of well known stallion (no, I can't tell). Super horse, a man who had never RIDDEN before went foxhunting on him. And my husband the horse hater loved him and rode him frequently. Killed by lightning, 1987.

6th $750, 1987, OTTB, foxhunted, raced over timber one year, became a Utah mountain horse til put down at age 25.

7th, shelled out the big bucks, $4,000, 1993 QH g. (and worth every penny, turned down double that more than once!)

8th, free, 2001, very elegant Oldenburg/qh by First Class, dressage reject, my sister just up and shipped him to me when her trainer said 'he'll never make it past 4th level.' Like I needed a third horse. But I've still got him even though I've never used him to full potential. Really should sell him but never get around to it.

9th, $2500, 2005. A now 4 yo appendix qh who shall be my little old lady trail horse. Many are eyeballing him enviously, I suppose I 'would' sell for some ridiculously high price!

hundredacres
May. 4, 2007, 08:59 AM
My first "horse" was a Mustang that the neighbor bought for us at the El Monte, CA auction in the mid '70's. She cost him around $75 but then we paid him $100 or $150 (can't remember) after he 'broke' her to halter and take a saddle and bit (but no rider).

dylans_mom
May. 4, 2007, 09:54 AM
2002--$1000; put 4x that into him to get him rideable/retrain him (he was 20); didn't work so I retired him out. He was not a bargain :)

walkinthewalk
May. 4, 2007, 04:11 PM
I was 12 when I got my very own horse for $350 in June, 1959 - a healthy sum back then.

Goldie was a "Trigger" Palomino, Saddlebred/cross and supposedly had been a mounted police horse at one time. She was beautiful, loving, loyal, and my best friend:)

I had saved all my life for a horse, so my mom bought me a black with silver diamonds saddle bridle and martengale from Sears-Roebuck for her. The saddle has taps too:) I STILL have that saddle, bridle, and martengale. All of which were retired from use many many years ago and sit covered in the attic:yes:

cowboymom
May. 4, 2007, 06:05 PM
My first horse, a shetland pony, was free. My first "rider" horse, a welch gelding, was on loan. My first real horse, TWHX gelding, was $300. Oh for the good old days.. I'd get that horse again right now if I could, he was awesome...

Prieta
May. 4, 2007, 06:30 PM
Peggy, Shetland/Welsh mare - didn't know the price but she really dig dog food! Whenever I'd ride her when I was 7, she'd go straight for dog food in the garage. Peggy also was in heat at the time that she'd run away with me on her to that beautiful stud a field and a forest away!

Prieta - $300 very green and unpapered Quarter horse mare who bucked me off too many times. From her, I've learned to feel the horses while riding. She was my very first of my own! :D I love her - she was a gem!

matryoshka
May. 4, 2007, 07:18 PM
One of the first 3 free horses we got had a habit of savaging other horses. :eek: Sometimes one should look gift horses in the mouth! The guy knew we were ingorant city folks and unloaded a problem horse on us. We dealt with it, but one of the poor, abused horses we took in paid the price. He chased her into a fence, knelt on her, and pulled hunks of skin off of her. She had been skin and bones when we got her (only 4 year old), but she looked even worse after that. He got to wear a muzzle for a long time after that, and the baby horses would chew on him! The story of the mare turned out well. We trained her, put weight on her (she turned out to be gorgeous) and found her a really good home with a talented rider.

A lot of free horses aren't free, by they time you pay the vet bills, deal with problems, retrain them, etc. But if one has time, patience, and the money to get them healthy, they can be more rewarding than any animal with a several-thousand dollar price tag!

hundredacres
May. 4, 2007, 07:35 PM
A lot of free horses aren't free, by they time you pay the vet bills, deal with problems, retrain them, etc. But if one has time, patience, and the money to get them healthy, they can be more rewarding than any animal with a several-thousand dollar price tag!


I will never forget what my trainer said when I introduced her to my new ottb that I paid around $500 for -

Me: I just don't think I could pay $10,000 for a horse.

Her: (nodding toward my new "cheap" horse) You just did. You're just making payments.

(man was she ever right)

matryoshka
May. 4, 2007, 08:16 PM
I will never forget what my trainer said when I introduced her to my new ottb that I paid around $500 for -

Me: I just don't think I could pay $10,000 for a horse.

Her: (nodding toward my new "cheap" horse) You just did. You're just making payments.

(man was she ever right)
:yes: A good lesson for us all. I gave a presentation at a Pet Expo a couple of months ago, and talked about things to consider before buying/adopting/leasing a horse. I told them that the purchase price is not the biggest cost. If you can't pay the monthly bills, farrier, vet care, board, feed, etc. then don't get one! Take lessons instead. These people were smart to take the time to learn about horses and what goes into their care before finding a horse. I sure wish my family had been that smart back in the 70's!

Mali
May. 4, 2007, 09:43 PM
Nothing. She was my "engagement ring".

Ponyclubrocks
May. 4, 2007, 10:25 PM
I was 12 when I got my very own horse for $350 in June, 1959 - a healthy sum back then.

Goldie was a "Trigger" Palomino, Saddlebred/cross and supposedly had been a mounted police horse at one time. She was beautiful, loving, loyal, and my best friend:)

I had saved all my life for a horse, so my mom bought me a black with silver diamonds saddle bridle and martengale from Sears-Roebuck for her. The saddle has taps too:) I STILL have that saddle, bridle, and martengale. All of which were retired from use many many years ago and sit covered in the attic:yes:

What a sweet story!:)

county
May. 4, 2007, 11:43 PM
I was 15 in 1965 and paid $50 at a sale for a mare that probably wasn't worth $25. I worked for a guy with a breeding farm who told me " the nice thing about a mare like that is you can breed her to a donkey and improve her " I took it as a compliment. The best thing about her was the knowledge I gained over the years about breeding and improving conformation. Anyone can breed two top notch horses. To really learn you need to see and breed some lower quality along the way.

Samotis
May. 4, 2007, 11:46 PM
My first horse my parents bought for me in 1994. He was a 16.3 hand TB gelding named Frenchy. He was 3k. He was a great quiet horse. His show name was All That Glitters. He went on to win in the first years with someone in Colorado, then I think he got injured in a pasture and was put down. He was a beautiful horse and will be missed! We sold him and I bought my horse of a lifetime. I still own him, he is now 17 and the love of my life!

lindac
May. 4, 2007, 11:47 PM
$800 in 1978 for a 12 year old unregistered Five Gaited American Saddlebred gelding. He was a great horse that I showed in traditional Saddle Seat classes and Driving classes and later in Western, Hunter under saddle, and Dressage . He also trail rode and jumped. He was a great horse and I had him until I put him down at age 25.

I still have dreams about that horse :yes: .

saddleup
May. 5, 2007, 07:55 PM
$800 for a 9 year old TB mare. I did dressage with her, but badly...she was sweet as could be, however, and put up with my beginner mistakes. I sold her to a 12 year old girl who wanted to do hunters. I'd never jumped her, didn't know her background when we bought her. The girl's trainer came out to look at her and asked if she could point her at a fence to see what she'd do.

She sailed over it beautifully; we set a course of 8 fences and she did it like she'd been doing it all her life, complete with lead changes and a lovely even pace. Obviously she had been a hunter in her previous life.

Needless to say, I should have asked more money for her!

mustangtaco
May. 17, 2007, 12:00 PM
$1,000 bucks for an 11 year old mustang with a few fixable training issues. He is now 20 and going strong. I love the heck out of him... he will do just about anything!

EnviroGA
May. 17, 2007, 09:14 PM
I always had to buy my own horses. My parents couldn't afford the upkeep of a horse when we lived in NY. My first horse I bought for $1100. It was a horse that a friend of mine owned and had to sell quickly when she divorced and moved to a different state.

Janet
May. 17, 2007, 10:15 PM
The FIRST pony that my sister and I shared was a "free lease".

The first horse we OWNED cost $300 in 1966. Rocket was a very well trained school horse (TB x QH) from Sunnyfield Farm (where the USEF was based befor they went to Gladstone) and Rocket had been trained by Mike Page.

He took me from D1 to B.

Remember Ferdinand
May. 17, 2007, 10:38 PM
$200.00 for a green, green, GREEN broke 2 yr old Quarab. He was getting up off the ground from being gelded when we pulled up to look at him. He took off galloping across the yard with his head and tail held high and I was instantly in love. I was 9 yrs old. What the heck was my Dad thinking?:lol: He was the best horse I ever knew and my best friend. I lost him when I was 14 and not a day goes by that I don't think of him.

BelladonnaLily
May. 26, 2007, 08:33 PM
In 1977 my sister and I got ponies for Christmas. Mother and daughter pair complete with western saddles, bridles, halters & leads. $350 for the complete package. They were raised in town and totally bombproof. Dad hauled them home in the back of his '71 Dodge pickup with siderails. We later sold the daughter because she kept bucking us off :lol: but the mom stayed with us until her death in 1989. I taught her to jump, bareback until I finally got an english saddle. She was a great pony :yes: I have no idea how old she was when she died but she was at least in her late 20s.

Laurel&HollyFarm
May. 27, 2007, 11:57 AM
$500 in 1994 for the most amazing grade quarterhorse. He was 23 years old at the time :D, I was 36 . He took me on my very first NATRAC ride six months later only losing 1/2 point for conditioning, a little more for attitude :cool: . Nick was incredible and is one of the reasons I was able to get my current one time valued at $30,000 horse for $3,500 :eek: . Nick had a huge personality and died at the age of 30. He is sorely missed :cry: .