The effects of the current economy on horse ownership

Why Buy a New Horse?

The great outdoors – David Hasbury, Community Columnist
Published: January 21, 2009

Recently my wife Anita has been scouring the internet looking for a new horse — she has no intention of buying another horse, but just likes to window-shop, kind of “keeping her eye in” as she likes to say.

Truth is for some time now she has wanted to get a horse she can comfortably and safely jump fences with, not a show-jumper, but an event horse (low-level eventing she is quick to point out) and our current pair are not …

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Economy Saddles Lovers of Horses with Hard Choices

By Matt Russell
Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

If you’re looking to buy a horse, the good news is there are plenty on the market, and they’re cheaper than ever.

The bad news? Horse buyers often have the same problem horse sellers have these days: The rising cost of care forces them to get rid of the animals.

It’s a vicious cycle — the cost of care forces horses onto the market only to be purchased by new owners also can’t afford to care them — and it has horse lovers concerned about the animals’ welfare.

“People live in this fairy tale world when they think they want …

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Plunging Horse Sales Market: The View from the Ring

by: Deirdre Biles
November 07 2008, Article # 13037

On day four of the plunging Keeneland November breeding stock sale market, here’s what people had to say about the situation:

Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, Virginia-based bloodstock agent: “The market is obviously a reflection of what the world is doing outside the horse business. The last people to get real in this business, in my opinion, are the consignors. There are buyers here, but they are being super, super selective. You can get good money for a mare, but you may not get as much as you would last year. You’re going to have to seriously discount …

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