Cheap horses

(30 Posts)
Officedepot Thu 03-Jan-13 13:31:53

Always thought that the price of a horse would depend on following things:
- age
- size
- temperament / manners
- breeding (ie pay more if pure-bred / registered breed)
- competition potential
- any vices / illnesses etc

Anything else?

Have seen several ads on Preloved etc that seem very cheap, for example:

- 16hh 16 year old for £350 (apparently good and no vices),
- 5 year old 14.2hh cob £750 (again apparently good in every way and no vices)
- 10 year old 15hh (again apparently good and no vices) for £650 including tack.

The low prices make me suspicious that the horses actually have hidden vices etc. Can anyone think of a genuine explantion why people are selling horses so cheap? I know you might get the odd person who just needs a quick sale, but there seem to be loads of ads for cheap horses at the moment.

Seems odd that these horses are so cheap and if you buy a cob from a dealer like Safecobs you could pay £4,000 (although appreciate you are paying for the training and peace of mind there).

Anyone got any experience of buying a cheap horse, good or bad?

I'm not actually buying (well not yet!) just curious!

Twattybollocks Wed 09-Jan-13 20:01:44

Oh, and I've seen some cracking coloured ponies at the local gypsy camp, but also seen a fair amount of poor quality there too.

DolomitesDonkey Thu 10-Jan-13 04:49:27

Fango They were when we were children, fashions change! I saw a friend's hunting photo recently and the field was full of duns - perhaps they're on the rise again now?

Pixel Thu 10-Jan-13 16:47:34

I like duns. They don't show the dirt wink.

I paid £75 for the pony, she was wild off the hills, but 18 months later is a wonderfull little pc pony.
Most recently paid £200 for my ISH mare from the knackers yard, who was slightly short on the front and loopy to ride, changed her feed - got the back lady out & she's safe as houses and perfectly sound. If somewhat lacking brain cells.

MissBrown Sun 13-Jan-13 20:31:33

I paid £50 for my daughter's pony from the sales (black sec.B was colt). We bought him outside the ring as we the meat man was there that day. I just had a hunch about him. For the first month I couldn't get near him. He wasn't aggressive in any way just nervous. Moving on 2 months and a new yard with a regular routine he is a super star. He is only 2.5 yrs so not being broken yet but showing a lot of promise. My 7 yr old daughter leads him around like a dog on a lead. He has been seen by the vet and is sound. Everyone who meets him loves him as he is such a character. He follows people around like a puppy, he has been named 'the stalker' at the yard! So... you can get cheap ponies that are fine as we have found out.

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