The Real Cost of Owning a Show Horse

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-08-01T15:09:13Z

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A Horse is a Horse

A horse is a horse? Well, maybe not. For $5,000 you can get a muscular and compact Morgan, or even a speedy American Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred cross. Or you can spend $250,000 or much more on a warmblood -- a horse that has a champion heritage and a proven track record, and is registered by world-recognized breeding associations to excel in dressage or show jumping. Among other things, a show horse should have as few scars as possible, straight legs, a strong, broad back and a head and neck in proportion with the rest of the body.

$80,000: A young Holsteiner, a breed of horse from Germany believed to be the oldest of the warmblood breeds --

Running Tally: $80,000