ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: $$$/Training/Descriptions

Re: $$$/Training/Descriptions

Mary Ruebush (mruebush@montana.campus.mci.net)
Sun, 09 Mar 1997 21:52:30 -0800

Dear Barbara -
You have indeed extracted the "kernel". We have all been lucky with
purchases on occasion, but if you consistently plan to acquire horses for
less than a couple of thousand dollars, as you said, someone is either
taking the sale price in the shorts, or short-cuts have been taken with the
horse. If it has never had vet care, will it die of an aneurysm from
strongyles at your first vet check? Mary
At 09:02 AM 03/09/97 PST, you wrote:
>REPLY TO 03/09/97 06:00 FROM ridecamp@endurance.net: $$$/Training/Descriptions
>From: Barbara Madill <madill@teleplex.net> writes:
>Subject: $$$/Training/Descriptions
> During the recent Ridecamp conversation regarding the prices of
>horses, several people made comments that, perhaps if consolidated or
>extrapolated, might help readers decide what is a "fair" price for a horse.
> First, anyone who has horses can look in Quicken and figure out what
>it costs to keep a horse per year. Therefore, it is unrealistic to expect
>to find SOUND, SANE horses READY to WORK for under a couple thousand.
>(There are bargains, but far and few between).
>I just want to point out that the above statement is your OPINION
>also! For many of us, it is extemely realistic to find a bargan
>horse. In my neck of the woods, there are far too many Arabs and
>Arab crosses languishing in backyards, that only need a reminder of
>their manners, some consistency in handling, and regular,
>challenging riding.
>My newest horse (going on 2 years) was a situation where the buyer
>took a horse that had done trail patrol, and tried to retrain her
>for an arena horse. She HATED it. I ended up with the horse, for a
>song, and took her back out in the hills. While she has a very
>strong personality, and this has been an ongoing process, I don't
>believe I am the only one that can handle this horse. Just about
>any experienced endurance rider would think she is piece of cake!
>Even though I made the statement that for $3,000, I believe I
>COULD go out and buy a sound, sane endurance horse with a good
>record, I still maintain I can find a sound and sane horse with
>potential, that I am capable of "reforming" for under $1,000.
>Not that my horses ALWAYS have the perfect mannners! But I haven't
>seen much difference in how they behave, compared to some pricey
>endurance horses I see at rides!
>What you are saying in your post is that you can put a price on, and
>pay for sanity. I totally disagree with that one!! The horse that
>acts perfectly for one rider (sane horse), can turn into a raving
>lunatic under the next owner, if the next owner is not consistent,
>firm, and understanding of the nature of horses.
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