These days, you may find your ideal horse in almost any size and color. There is really something for everyone, whether they want hardy hybrids or predictable breeds. Actually, the decision you make when shopping will likely be influenced most by your budget. And the pricing range could be the widest of everything you ever purchase.
There is undoubtedly a wide variety when it comes to a horse breed’s worth, from the adoption cost for an untrained mustang of a few hundred dollars to the completed show horse priced at $60,000 to the wonderfully bred racing possibility that brings millions. Although training and breeding have the greatest impact on pricing, some breeds tend to command greater prices.
Physical traits: A balanced tiny horse that looks like a full-sized horse
Price: $2,000 to $3,000
Miniature Horse Highlights
Physical traits: The breed comes in three distinct body types, from the older, stouter Foundation type to the more refined Classic type to the ultra-refined Modern type.
from $1,000 to $8,000
Norwegian Fjord Horse
Physical features: Known for their manes with black and white stripes
Price: around $10,000
Those who enjoy the huge, drafty pony appearance adore the unusual Norwegian Fjord horse breed. They may not be as tall as certain breeds, but their massive bones let them to do difficult tasks, such as hauling a cart or carrying a rider.
Physical characteristics: Large boned, tall, feathered feet
Price range: $10,000+
The Budweiser crew is largely responsible for the Clydesdale’s renown. However, when farms get smaller, fewer people can employ larger draft horses, which prevents their values from reflecting their reputation as riding horses do.
A beautiful Clydesdale may be had for about $10,000. It’s interesting to note that sport horse crosses with Clydesdale tend to sell for more money.
Almost entirely white as it ages, the Lipizzaner’s gorgeous coat makes it an uncommon breed. They may command very hefty rates due to their scarcity, particularly if they are well-trained.
A riding horse should cost at least $10,000, and even more for breeding grade stock and those with a track record of winning shows.
Many people like appaloosas for their agility and technicolor coats.
Despite being common, you can find a good Appaloosa for under $10,000. However, if you’re searching for high-caliber competitive quality, you’ll soon be spending $20,000. or more.
American Paint Horse
The cost of an American paint horse varies widely, with show stock fetching high rates.
While a foal or one with basic training may be purchased for around $4,000, a gelding with a show record or breeding potential can bring significantly higher prices, such as Mark This Rocinante, who sold for $33,000 at the 2018 Triangle Fall Horse Sale.
While a Holsteiner foal may be bought for around four figures, a thoroughly trained older horse with some showing experience will cost a lot more.
Trained Holsteiners may cost as much as $60,000 or more.
Physical characteristics: Medium, well-crested neck on a long body with sloping shoulders
Price range: $50,000-$312,000
The warmblood breed known as the Hanoverian has long enjoyed popularity (and expensive prices!) because to its accomplishments in dressage, show jumping, and eventing.
A Hanoverian sold for $3.26 million in 2014 at a German auction. Hanoverians “regular” prices are in the upper five figures, and several with established show or breeding histories reach the six digit range.