Some horse breeds are worth more than others (in the eyes of humans), and the following article lists the top 5 most expensive horse breeds in the Western world today.
1. Warmblood Horses (most expensive overall)
In North America today – warmblood horse breeds are the most expensive horse breed (if you look at overall price across the breed). This ‘breed’ includes Oldenburg, Hanoverian horses, Swedish Warmbloods, Dutch Warmblood horses, Trakhener and Holsteiner. Warmbloods are usually used for English disciplines such as Show jumping and dressage, and their athletic ability combined with their conformation and gaits makes them the number 1 favorite in the show ring for equestrian sports.
They are in high demand today but come with a high price tag. One of the most expensive warmblood horses ever sold was the dressage horse Totilas. His sale price was never publicly shared, but it’s in the 8 figure category.
2. Thoroughbred Horse
Thoroughbred horses might be the most expensive breeds if you look at a few top horses in the racing industry today. However, thoroughbreds are affordable overall, especially if they don’t excel in racing. There is a lot of money in horse racing, hence the hefty price tag for the high-performing racehorses.
The highest price thoroughbred ever sold was Fusaichi Pegasus; he sold for USD 70 million after winning the 2000 Kentucky Derby and the Dubai World Cup. Seattle Dancer was the most expensive yearling ever sold; the colt sold for USD 13 million in 1985 at a public auction. This equals around $37 million in today’s value, accounting for inflation. Another expensive thoroughbred is Shareef Dancer, which sold for $ 40 million in 1983 (about $122 million today). Shareef Dancer is probably the most expensive horse ever sold, accounting for inflation.
Thoroughbred stallions with rare, famous thoroughbred bloodlines can have a stud fee of up to $185,000 per foal.
The average price for a retired racehorse is between $1000 and $10,000, depending on their health, conformation, personality, and looks. Of the track, thoroughbreds are becoming more popular for English riding disciplines as they are so much more affordable yet super athletic.
3. Arabian Horses
The Arabian Horse is an elegant-looking breed famous for their long neck, pleasing head, and high tail. Arabian horses also tend to have a slightly longer life expectancy than other breeds. Arabian horses are one of the oldest horse breeds from the Arabian Peninsula, where they were bred to work desert horses. Arabian horses were also used as war horses because of their endurance and high speed. The oldest Arabian horse ever was a 46-year-old Polish Arabian mare.
Arabian horses are used primarily for endurance racing and showing today. A high-performance Arabian with good bloodlines can efficiently be priced in the 6 figure range. The most expensive Arabian horse is believed to be the Arabian stallion Marwan Al Shaqab. His owners were offered $ 20 million for him but were rejected as he was too valuable to sell with his $20,000 stud fee. he services around 50 horses per year, making his income $1 million yearly. Suitable for a horse.
4. American Quarter Horse
Quarter horses are known for their Short legs and muscular build. Their strong legs make them very fast over short distances. It’s a popular horse breed for Western disciplines in the US and internationally.
They tend to be the best horses for barrel racing as they can quickly get up to a fast speed and turn on a dime.
5. Andalusian horses
Fun fact! Andalusians were a rare breed in the United States 20-30 years ago and priced much higher than they are today. However, introducing Andalusian horse breeders throughout the US and Mexico has saturated the horse market and made them much more affordable. A young Andalusian with no previous show records or training is not necessarily expensive these days. However, the trained dressage Andalusians from winning bloodlines still sell for six figures; hence, they still made the list. Andalusians are also used for equestrian events such as dressage.
Their elegant gait makes them an excellent choice for high-level dressage. The Andalusian horse breed, also known as the PRE, is beautiful with a powerful canter and long, luscious manes. The breed originates from the Iberian peninsula; they were also used as war horses due to their intelligent and calm nature.
We hope you enjoyed this list of the most expensive horse breeds. Remember that a well-trained horse from a less desirable breed is still a perfect candidate for pleasure riding and trail riding. Luckily, only some people want to go to the World Equestrian Games.
Other expensive horse breeds include Akhal-teke horses, Clydesdale horses, appaloosa horses, gypsy vanner, Friesian horses, American standards, and more.