Are the horseshoes made of gold?
FHOTD recently did a blog post on horses available for $350. We thought we’d go in the opposite direction and see what’s out there for around $35,000. We’ve come to the conclusion that some people are extremely out of touch with reality!
“EXCELLENT BREEDING in this spectacular Hanoverian Dark Bay Mare by Popeye K. Born 2002. Currently showing baby green hunters. Amazing jump. Lovely movement. Beautiful animal. Top hunter prospect. Very athletic. $35,000”
We’d love to provide a picture to go with that ad but, alas, it was text only. That’s right – they expect you to pay 35 grand for their “spectacular” creature, but apparently her height is irrelevant and they’re too cheap to spring for a photo ad…
So we’ll snark blindly!
Baby green hunters is just that – hunters for the young’uns. It’s about 2’3″, 2’6″ max. This is a 9 year old with the education of a 4 or 5 year old! Also note that there is no mention of her winning the baby greens. For all that they claim she’s excellent/spectacular/amazing/lovely/beautiful/athletic, what do you want to bet that the showing hasn’t been particularly successful? Maybe they should spend less time searching the thesaurus for synonyms of “great” and more time actually schooling the mare!
Great Gaits.dressage Prspect.beautiful Neck AND Face
I suspect that this is actually quite a nice horse. There’s a short video which shows him moving well, and the full ad text lists some reasonably impressive accomplishments. So why, oh why, could they not create a better ad?
He’s owned by a large breeding farm with facilities in multiple countries. You’d think they would have someone to proofread! What is with the weird random punctuation and capitalization? Did the writer find it shocking that a horse would have both a beautiful neck AND face? And why is that emphasized in the ad? I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking to drop $40k on a horse, I’m looking for talent!
Plus, the only photo is this shot of him careening around on the longe line. There’s nothing to judge his conformation from and if I had to base my opinion of his movement on this pic, I would assume he was half Andalusian and half motorcycle. But at least he has ribbons in his hair! That’s what really matters, right? (Or maybe they’re there to distract you from the motorcycle-ness. vroom vroom)
Draft crosses can be excellent horses. We’ve got nothing against them. But when we click on an ad for a $30k Warmblood we expect to see a damn Warmblood, not a partial Shire!
Of course, we also expect to see a horse who’s able to carry himself in a proper frame, instead of going around inverted with his nose poking out. Or one with flashy, athletic “gates”, if a high level of training isn’t the reason for the price. Maybe we’re just crazy picky…