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
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!
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.
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.