How much does a horse cost?
Our philosophy at the Ranch is "Life's too short for a bad horse."   We know that purchasing a horse is costly,  
so if you're going to buy a horse, then buy a great horse. Pedigree and temperament are essential. Trainers are
not cheap so buying a disrespectful and unwilling horse, will take longer to train which will cost you more $ in
the long run. A great horse requires an investment of time: Either yours or a trainer's. Our advice is to check
out the pedigrees carefully and don't be deceived by flashy names or fancy advertising. Make informed choices
and never pick cheap over safe. Check the bottom of this page for tips on how to research pedigrees.
Pedigree?  What does it all mean? Why is it important?
Rocky Ridge Ranch believes that pedigree is perhaps the most important factor to consider in the purchase of
your horse. Pedigree is a historical record of your horse's generational line of descent.  Bloodlines can seem
overwhelming but it is actually quite simple to understand. Pedigree helps us to recognize superior qualities in
the genetic background of your horse which in turn shows its intelligence, physical characteristics, talent,
conformation, athleticism and temperament. It is also useful in determining genetic diseases and potential
conformation problems (i.e parrot mouth).

How do I search pedigree?
Here are some suggestions to start: Does your horse have a show record?  Do the parents have a show record?
Grandparents?  Great grandparents?  To find out, try some of these sites and tips:

  • www.allbreedpedigree.com These are free records for anyone to search. Type in the horse's name and  
    look for winners or point earners in their pedigree record. What discipline are they being shown in?
    Halter, reining, cutting, etc?  Are these winnings in a discipline you are interested in? (For example, if you
    are wanting a halter or western pleasure horse then you shouldn't be looking at a bloodline with winners
    in the barrel racing circuit).  Halter/pleasure is slow and relaxed while barrel racing is a speed-timed
    event. Polar opposites!

  • www.aqha.com  Records are available for free if you are a member. These records can give you insight
    into ownership and are the official records for all registered quarter horses. Some things you should
    check:  Has the horse been owned by many different individuals? Why? These records can give you coat
    colors many generations back which are helpful for future breeding. You can also check on offspring
    earnings.  Check for line bred or in-breeding in the lineage of your horse. Line breeding can indicate
    possible herd mismanagement or neglect which can contribute to potential increased health risks and
    disease. Certain bloodlines are carriers of diseases.

  • www.ncha.com  This site has records available. Make sure you check with the NCHA official records if
    the horse has been advertised with NCHA records. You can also look up rider earnings to see how good
    the trainer was. Many of these records are old and may seem unimpressive, but keep in mind the value of
    a dollar in the 1960's.

  • www.qhd.com This website is very useful for looking up reference sires and their offspring earnings. You
    will find a fairly accurate list of the top 10 and top 100 stallions in different disciplines. Cross referencing
    different disciplines with the bloodlines you are searching could tell you if that bloodline is considered an
    'all rounder", meaning they are shown in many disciplines.  As an example, look up Peppy San Badger.

Horse sale catalogues are great for familiarizing yourself with the pedigree names. Look at prices that
the horses sold for. Compare the prices that they sold for. What did people see in the expensive ones
vs. the less expensive horses? Their pedigrees can give you clues.

Talk with a Trainer. Although trainers don't want to bad mouth any horse,it would be beneficial to      
ask them if they have worked with a particular bloodline that you might be interested in. If you are
looking for a kid-safe horse, bloodline can be a factor in determining if the horse is suitable for children.
If the trainer found the horse to be calm, easy-going, and relaxed, then it may be suitable for a
young rider. In contrast, if the horse tends to be "broncy", skittish and unwilling, it may be related
to its bloodline.  This would be a clue that the purchaser shouldn't ignore.
How do I tie a horse?
One of the first things a new owner should learn is how to correctly tie a horse. Our unfortunate experience of
leaving a horse improperly tied resulted in damage of a vehicle.  A harnessed and hitched horse untied itself,
ran between a tree and the vehicle, and dented the entire driver's side.    Oops!   And it wasn't even mine.
Fritz babies are incredibly smart and are masters at untying ropes. It's in your best interest to have them
secured safely!
You want a kid broke horse for         
Sorry people but it takes time and money to train a horse
                                   Estimate below is just for one year.
                     Prices subject to change depending on your area

Daily feeding of just hay  $150.00/Month = $1800.00/yr
Daily grain                     $30.00/month   =  $360.00/yr
Paste Wormer  4x /yr.    $20.00              =   $80.00/yr
Farrier every 6 weeks     $40.00/trim      =   $240.00/yr
Vaccinations                  $60.00/yr          =   $60.00/yr
Training                         $600.00/month = $7200.00/yr
On this page we will try to answer some questions and make suggestions with helpful links for
horse buyers.  At Rocky Ridge Ranch our aim is to match the right horse to the right owner  and
we will  do everything we can to provide you  with your dream horse:  "Performance horse ability
What kind of saddle do I buy and how important is saddle fit?
do what you want it to do. Buying  a horse is an emotional decision, but you owe it to yourself