Top 6 reasons not to buy a
#1 The horse market is down and you can buy horses at our
local Friday night sale for $200 to $1500.
We have a local Friday night sale also (Mountain View,
OK), and there have always been cheap horses sold there, they just get a
little cheaper when the economy and slaughter market is not on a high.
When you hear that the horse market is down, this only means that cheap
horses get cheaper. Good horses always hold their value. People
who own and want good horses are committed long term and can still afford to
own and keep them when the economy is down.
#2 We can buy horses that look as good as yours for a lot
less money, they just have a little Impressive blood in them.
This statement is correct also. You can buy
them cheaper upfront, but if you ever want to sell them, you will have to
sell them for less then too. Julie and I could have bought up a lot of
these Impressive broodmares much easier and for a lot less money than we
paid for the ones we own. We realized long ago that raising these
babies was not profitable day in and day out. The horse market is
basic economics, Supply and Demand. There is a larger supply for these
horses than there are demand. Some of these horses will be good minded
and ride well and have the structure to stay sound, but many will not.
Sometimes, the extra you pay for a prospect if similar to buying insurance
on a product.
#3 We can buy horses that look as good as yours for a lot
less money, they just are not as big.
This statement is correct also, but again Basic
Economics - Supply and Demand. Oklahoma and Texas are loaded with 14
to 14.3 hand horses, I will bet there are millions of them for sale on any
given day. Many of the people who contact and buy from us need a horse
that can hold up to heavy work and has enough leg under it to cover ground
while doing it's work. The Quarter Horse breed is a relatively small
breed in reference to unrelated genetics. As a breeder it takes
dedication to keep the size up, because it is a tendency for the horses to
get smaller especially when you try to line breed.
#4 We can buy horses that are bred similar to yours, but
This statement is correct also and this is
where our mission and dedication is important to you. We are
dedicated to producing a beautiful performance horse that is mentally sound,
conformationally correct and suited for daily work and reliability. We
believe that our horses must be performance horses first and then they MUST
look great. AQHA refers to conformation as "Form to Function" and we
endorse this theory. We understand that there are over a million
performance horses alive today and we have tried to own the best looking
ones we could find for our breeding stock. We understand that there are
many breeders in our Market today, but few who are dedicated to producing
what we consider the complete horse. Similar genetics are
meaningless. The breeder must be dedicated to what the horse is on
the inside and outside, not just what it is on paper. Julie & I have
traveled all over the country looking at mares to buy; many of them were
better in on paper or prettier and even cost less, but we were dedicated to
our mission of producing the complete horse, so our customers could buy with
#5 We can buy a prospect, but it is by an unknown
I am sure that this may be true also. If you
plan to keep your horse forever this may not be important to you now, but if
you ever want or need to sell your horse it could cost you hundreds or
thousands later. People like to deal with name brands. I think
that everyone understands how important it is when you sell horses, but what
about everyday life? Our customers enjoy being able to tell their
friends that they own a Skip and Slide or a Cowboy Judgment, because most
everyone who has ever looked at a Quarter Horse Journal has seen them in an
advertisement and recognizes the name. People also like the fact that
they can point out our web site and their friends can see and learn about
how special their horse is. Julie and I have been committed to
advertising our stallions since we started over 10 years ago. We have
spent over $20,000 on advertising since then to ensure that our horses are
known and recognized in the horse market. We usually have an ad in the
AQHA Journal every month of the year.
#6 We would buy one of your horses, but they are just too
tall and I might fall off and get hurt. That is why a shorter
(cheaper) horse suites me better. This is my
favorite of all!!!! First of all, I
do not think that 3 or 4 inches in height would really make a difference if
you did fall off of a horses. Second and most importantly, if
you are worried about falling off, you probably should not be riding anyway!