How to Decide How Much Your Horse Is Worth

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Before you advertise your horse for sale, you will need to decide on a sale price. Determining just how much your horse is worth can be tricky, since every horse is unique. It is a good idea to shop the market a bit to get a sense of what horses with comparable traits and experience are selling for, but ultimately you will have to decide on your horse’s price on your own. These tips can help you figure out your horse’s worth.


Purebred horses, especially those who are registered or are eligible to be registered, typically fetch higher prices than horses that are mixed breeds or who do not have papers. Purebred horses will also fetch higher prices as breeding horses, especially if they have desirable bloodlines.

Certain breeds also fetch higher prices than others. Breeds that are rare or limited will bring high prices, as will breeds that are in demand as show horses.


A horse’s conformation and overall appearance can also affect his value. A horse with good conformation will be more attractive as a show horse, and good conformation also gives a horse a better chance of staying sound and rideable through most of his life. If a horse has poor conformation or conformation faults like being pigeon toed, long backed, or over at the knees, he will lose value. While probably still rideable, his riding career may be limited, and such faults would detract points in many shows.


The more professional training a horse has, the higher his value will be. Rather than having to invest time and money in training, a well-trained horse is ready to proceed in his career, so he will bring a higher value than an untrained horse.


A horse’s age can have a major influence on his value. Horses between the ages of 5 and 14 typically demand high prices, since they still have many years of use but are also well-established in their careers. Older horses are regarded as being less valuable.


A horse’s experience, especially in the show ring, can greatly enhance his value. If a horse is an experienced show horse who is ready to compete with his new owner, his value will likely be higher than if he has no experience. Horses who have won prestigious show awards and who are able to compete at higher levels will demand high prices, since they are rare and very much valued.

When selling your horse and listing your horse for sale, be sure to establish your horse’s value. Having a minimum price that you will accept for your horse can make interacting with potential buyers easier.

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