Cheapest Horse Breeds
It is no secret that buying a horse can be expensive! Horse prices vary greatly and can reach $10,000 or more. Many of us may not have this kind of money to spend, but thankfully there are several horse breeds that are often on the cheaper side!
The cheapest horse breeds tend to be Quarter Horses, Arabians, Thoroughbreds and wild Mustangs. Although you can usually find cheaper horses within each of these breeds, you will need to keep a few things in mind.
There are special considerations that need to be taken with most inexpensive horses. Some new horse owners may get lucky and come across a great horse at an exceptionally cheap price, but not everyone is so fortunate.
The key is to know what qualities you are looking for, what issues to keep an eye out for and to understand that you may need to put a lot of work or extra care into a cheaper horse. The following information will help you be better prepared to find the right horse for you at the lowest price possible.
WHAT BREEDS TEND TO BE THE CHEAPEST?
For various reasons, certain horse breeds have a lot of available horses on the cheaper end of the price spectrum. While some of their prices can reach astronomical heights, there are many great horses of these same breeds that can be found for relatively low prices.
Understand that some low-cost horses will need extensive training or additional care and they may or may not come with registration papers, hence their cheap price.
If you are willing to train a horse yourself and possibly ignore their lack of papers, then a low-cost horse may be perfect for you.
Thoroughbred horses are most often bred for their racing potential. Horse racing is a lucrative sport and Thoroughbreds are the prized horses in the game. Since it is so lucrative, many current and aspiring racehorse owners breed their horses regularly, resulting in an overabundance of Thoroughbreds.
A select few of these horses will go on to be worth hundreds of thousands – even millions – of dollars. However, many more of them will not make successful racehorses and are eventually sold or sent to Thoroughbred rescues.
These horses are often still rather young and have excellent potential as solid riding horses for the everyday equestrian. Many of these horses can be found with ex-racehorse rescues or through trainers who help prepare these horses for a post-racing lifestyle.
While they do not tend to be in the six figures as often as Thoroughbreds, some Arabians can cost $20,000 or more, but typically they are on the cheaper end of the spectrum.
Sometimes, you can even find Arabian horses costing $1,000 or less depending on their skill, age, and temperament. Arabians are often referred to as ‘hot-blooded’, meaning active, athletic riding horses.
Quarter Horses are a very popular breed in the equestrian world. These horses make ideal all-around horses and can be successful in a variety of sports. They also make very good trail horses, casual riding horses and are equally capable of being a child’s horse as a competitive athlete.
While some Quarter Horses can cost $20,000 or more, it is possible to find a high-quality Quarter Horse for a relatively low price. Many times, you can find a good Quarter Horse for less than $1,000.
Adopting a wild Mustang is often cheap, usually around $100-$200. These horses typically have no training and will need a lot of work and probably veterinary care. They are only a suitable choice for experienced equestrians.
This may or may not be a horse that you could ever ride, but that depends on the horse’s age and temperament. With the right training and a lot of commitment, many horse owners find that they can train a wild Mustang to be both a beloved companion and a great riding horse.
PLACES TO FIND INEXPENSIVE HORSES
Finding horses online is often one of the easiest ways to find a cheap horse, but pay close attention. Look for any inconsistencies in the ads, or overselling. You want a seller that is honest about the horse’s true abilities.