If you have been thinking about purchasing an Arabian horse, you may have been wondering what is the Arabian horse price range. We will do our best to give you some general guidelines.
Arab or Arabian horse is a horse breed that first came from the Arabian Peninsula. This breed is one of the oldest, dating back about 4,500 years. While they originated in the Middle East, they were transported around the world by both trade and war. They are known for their strong bones, speed, and endurance.
Arabian Horse Price Range
Like anything else, the price of an Arabian horse will be dependent upon several factors, which we will discuss next. However, the average Arabian horse price is between $4,000-$25,000. The Arabian Horse Association reports that the most expensive Arab horse for sale had a bid of $20 million, which was declined by the owner.
Before buying or selling any type of horse, there are several important factors to take into consideration. We will briefly touch on some of them below.
Lineage Or Bloodline
As we stated earlier, the lineage of Arabian horses goes back over 4,000 years. Along the way, there have been many different types of Arab horses. Among some of the most popular are:
- The Polish Arabians
- The Egyptian Arabians
- The Domestic Arabians
- The Crabbet Arabians
- The Russian Arabians
- The Spanish Arabians
Digging deeper in the breed, there are also many different strains. The Arabian horse price will be partially determined by the type and strain of the horse.
Conformation Of The Arab Horse
Conformation refers to the structure or shape of a horse, and these traits can have a big impact on the horse’s athletic ability. Arabian horses are typically about 57 to 61 inches in height and come in many different colors, such as Sabino, Rabicano, white, and gray. While they are not the largest breed of horse, Arab horses are noted as being very strong for their given size.
How the horse looks or “conforms” to the standard is another factor that goes into the price of an Arab horse.
Full-bred or Half-bred
While a full-bred Arabian horse does have a higher value, half-breds are still very popular today. Perhaps part of the reason is that half-bred Arab horses can be about half the cost of some of the purebred ones. Most people aren’t willing to pay the premium for the purebred Arabian horse.
Here is an interesting video about judging Arabian horses.
As with any animal, age is a critical factor in determining value. For Arabian horses, their prime age is between 7-14 years in general. Older horses, say around 20 years old, are considered to be senior, and less valuable.
Arabian foals can be priced much less than prime age horses, but that’s because little time and training has yet to be invested in the animal. Over the long term, you will spend considerably more over time with a younger horse.
Arabian horses which have more competition experience will always carry higher prices, even if the horse doesn’t have many wins. The more that the current owner has invested in showing, racing, and competing with the horse, the more money they are going to want for the animal. All of this experience has value to the buyer, as well, as it means that the horse has had a lot of training.
Now that you know the primary things to look for when buying or selling an Arab horse, you should be able to negotiate a fair Arabian horse price, whether you are the buyer or seller. Again, a general range is between $4,000 and $25,000, with top horses selling for well over $100,000.