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Another Pricing Thread, and have you ever used an Equine Appraiser?

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  • Another Pricing Thread, and have you ever used an Equine Appraiser?

    Has anyone ever used an Equine Appraiser? If so, who did you use? Did you feel they were competent? Were you happy with the results? Price range for how much it cost?

    I'd also like everyone's opinion for what you think the following horse is worth RIGHT NOW. I know what he'd more than likely be worth with training, etc., but am a little stumped by what his current value might be. He would be a resale project, not a forever horse. I'm more than comfortable with "fixing" the issues he has, just need help figuring out a current value.

    5 1/2 year old Dales Pony Gelding. Very large for his breed--15.1 hands. Very nice disposition, and conformation. Lovely movement for lower level dressage (maybe up to 2nd level-ish), and a cute, if unenthusiastic jump online. Could possibly do some very low level eventing. Very green under saddle--less than a dozen walk/trot rides. Severe trailer loading problems. Has never been off the small farm he was bred at. Has wedged himself under the butt bar of a trailer twice now.

    All opinions are appreciated. Thanks, guys!


  • #2
    Never used an appraiser. Hard to say price with a Dale. Is it a full Dale pony with papers?
    Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole


    • Original Poster

      Yes, fully registered with papers.



      • #4
        To answer your question regarding Appraisal prices, they can be all over the map. I try and keep my prices reasonable...others do not. Also keep in mind the experience of the appraiser you are hiring and what they specialize in.

        Tracy Dopko
        Daventry Equine Appraisal Services
        Home of Welsh Cob stallion Goldhills Brandysnap
        Also home to Daventry Equine Appraisals & Equine Expert Witness


        • #5
          If you can address the trailer issues I bet it would have a positive impact on both price and marketability.


          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by schneidepc View Post
            If you can address the trailer issues I bet it would have a positive impact on both price and marketability.
            Yes, that's why I mentioned he would be a resale project.

            I did end up buying him and I'm going to pick him up Tuesday afternoon with a super safe box stall trailer that a friend of ours owns. Then "boot camp" begins. Breakfast and dinner daily in the trailer, actual riding on a regular basis. LOL I'm looking forward to him. He's going to be a fun guy. Aside from the trailer loading (which is so not his fault originally) he's a really cool horse with a wonderful disposition. I hope to have everything sorted out enough to show him a bit in the early spring and have him on the market for sale by late spring.



            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by Daventry View Post
              To answer your question regarding Appraisal prices, they can be all over the map. I try and keep my prices reasonable...others do not. Also keep in mind the experience of the appraiser you are hiring and what they specialize in.

              Tracy Dopko
              Daventry Equine Appraisal Services
              Thank you, Tracy. We were thinking about the appraisal more because the seller and I had extremely different opinions on what he is CURRENTLy worth. I've never used an appraiser before, and didn't have any idea where to even look to start with.