NWSS Horse Sale Lower Than Last Year


Photo: The Denver Post

Not much of a surprise to those  in the industry, but the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association’s Mile High Select Sale was again a disappointment for sellers. With 14 horses (out of 100) a no-sale, the average sale price was $3521 with the top seller only fetching $12,500. It’s a shame to see such great horse blood going for so cheap.

The Denver Post covered the sale and did a great job of identifying the reason for the bad market…

The bad economy, the closure of the last U.S. horse slaughterhouse in 2007, overbreeding, an abundance of mid- and low-grade horses, and the high cost of caring for horses have all conspired to cause horse prices to plummet across the country.

“There’s no bottom to the horse market any more,” said Scot Dutcher, chief of the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s bureau of animal protection.

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