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Differences between $1000 horses and $10,000 horse

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  • Differences between $1000 horses and $10,000 horse

    Plants tongue firmly in cheek, while listing..

    I have up to the great age of topping 60, ridden a bunch of cheap horses, I have owned a bunch of cheap horses, I have bought low, sold a little higher....on most occasions, but definitely a bargain basement shopper.

    this year with my new knee, my last year with my coach, looking at an uncertain future, I took the plunge and bought a huge great...Well he is to me 16:3hh, TB, who can jump. Though I don’t, and is confirmed at second level. A horse I have secretly coveted for years, but never though I would own...and now I do...


    i didn’t realize I would have to factor in his vet visit every month, ripped his eye lid, got an abscess in his cheek, that took two visits. Two lameness visits, because he can be an arse. Cheap horses only ever see the vet for annual check ups.

    I did not factor in, fussy eater, cheap horses eat happily, his lordship gets bored, and requires his food mixed, not just dumped in his bowl.

    Cheap horses I can throw out in the field, spoiled handsome man hangs around by the gate, hoping someone will take pity on him. This morning I bought him in for a lesson, his stall was open, he shot in and it was hard to get him out again.

    My cheap horses and I muddled through, kind of learning together, Mr Wonderful has all the bells and whistles installed, if you ask nicely, properly he will try his heart out. Don’t ask anything, he will drag himself around on his forehand, ask wrongly, shout instead of whisper, ring a bell when you should have been blowing a whistle and he has a mini melt down.

    I am sure there is more, but it is so worth it to be riding him, my new happy place is just riding around the arena, on the buckle end, grinning like an idiot, just enjoying that walk. Everything is fun, sometimes challenging, but he is such a good boy. The saddle fitter was here two weeks ago, as the last winter storm blew through, I was sicker than a sick thing, but couldn’t miss out on this. Having got him set up, she wanted to see me ride him, and we went into the indoor, the wind was howling, wet snow was pelting on the roof, the place was rattling, and I had not one qualm about hopping on and riding, As coach pointed out, with my last mare I would have had her ear puffs in, fly veil on, and probably both of us would have been dosed with a calmer.

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    "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

    "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

  • #2
    Oh dear lord - it sounds like you got my last horse's doppelganger. And mine was white as well. Like yours Mr Drama King. Funny, everywhere he went even with 7zillion idiosyncracies everyone loved him and would fall all over themselves to do his bidding and cater to him. Best school master ever. If you asked him right he would give you the world. Ask wrong and it was nope. If the world was coming to an end he would pack you right thru it, however, move a chair outside the arena and it was cause for an epic meltdown.

    Don't you love people that say horses have no personalities? They clearly do.
    "Cats aren't clean; they're covered with cat spit."
    - John S Nichols (1745-1846,writer/printer)

    Don't come for me - I didn't send for you.


    • #3
      Sounds like my $400 horse. Of course I did buy him as a foal... and had someone estimate 30,000-40,000€ potential sale price at one point... so maybe that doesn't count...

      However, I will say the most high maintenance horse I have owned also had the highest purchase price of all the horses I have owned.


      • #4
        Oh he's a cutie!!! Congrats on your fancy boy OP! Btw we need more pics! I'm not at a place in life where I can own my own horse yet so I live vicariously through COTH.


        • #5
          The best horse I've ever owned is also the ugliest horse I've ever owned. Looks like he was put together by Committee. Solid, safe, sound. Not the cheapest I've ever bought, but no where near the most expensive either. Finally showing his personality and is just so much fun to ride. I love to canter, he loves to canter. Took us some time to click, but we are there. Worth his weight in GOLD. As Shiloh said, if the world was coming to an end, he would pack you thru it.

          I have come to truly believe we simply cannot price a good horse for what he is worth.
          Facta non verba


          • #6
            When asked, BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) will say it costs as much to keep a horse per year as the cost to purchase it. This equation does seem to work. Spend 25K to purchase and 25K to keep, spend £250 ....
            "Good young horses are bred, but good advanced horses are trained" Sam Griffiths


            • #7
              My current horse was $5k and he is a bit of a hothouse flower who is allergic to the mere presence of bugs in the atmosphere. So there are exceptions to everything...
              Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
              you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the long as its in a conservative color.


              • #8
                What a kind eye - glad you are so happy with him!
                "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederacy against him."


                • Original Poster

                  Then there’s the report that I was handed after his dental check, requires heavy sedation and two handlers. BUT I give him that, pretty much the same myself.
                  "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

                  "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig


                  • #10
                    My 10K (in 2001) horse was as sound as a dollar. In 13 years of owning him he had ONE abscess. But he was very tricky to ride; injured a few riders; and was a general drama queen. My current horse was half the price. He's level headed, learns quickly, and is a hell of a lot of fun to ride. But I've already spent more than his purchase price on one injury.
                    It all comes out in the wash.


                    • #11
                      I paid $2000 for my first horse, that guy was bullet proof. I sold him for $2500 when he was 16, ended up getting him back at 19 after he developed ringbone. After correct shoeing, I rode him daily until he was about 25 and he lived to be 32.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Willesdon View Post
                        When asked, BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) will say it costs as much to keep a horse per year as the cost to purchase it. This equation does seem to work. Spend 25K to purchase and 25K to keep, spend £250 ....
                        Oh how I wish this was true!!! My horse was free.


                        • #13
                          This makes me smile thanks for sharing.


                          • #14
                            My $800 horse is the hardest, fussiest horse I have owned in the 50 years I've had horses. He eats like Secretariat on the way to the Belmont, requires alfalfa blend hay because he colics on fescue, needs ulcer prevention every time he leaves the farm. You have to handle him just so, or you can't touch his ears, every other shoeing session he decides he hates the farrier. Oh, and he's kinda ugly. I love him though, he's a blast to ride, and that makes it all worth the trouble.


                            • Original Poster

                              Did I mention the shoes?

                              It’s a show weekend coming up, of course sunshine has lost a shoe. Last show we went to, couple of days before, yup, lost a shoe......

                              "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

                              "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig