The answer to these questions depends on what you mean by “most expensive”. The cost of a breeding stallion can be measured in terms of its stud fee, which includes not only his purchase price but also maintenance and training costs.
Most expensive horse breed
If we are talking about purebred horses that have been bred for centuries or even millennia then there’s no way to measure their worth other than through their history as well as their pedigree.
For example, Arabian horses trace back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans; thoroughbreds originate from Thoroughbred stock originally imported into England during Elizabeth I’s reign; And Percheron horses originated from French draft breeds brought over to Poland by Polish nobles at the end of the 17th century.
So it really comes down to how much one values each particular type of horse. If one believes that all horses are equal, then any horse with an illustrious lineage will be considered more valuable than another simply because of its ancestry. On the other hand, some people may value certain types of horses above others based purely on aesthetics: They might prefer a sleek, long-legged chestnut mare with a white blaze over a big black warmblood gelding just because they find the former more attractive.
1. American Saddlebred Horse – $2 million+
2. Arabians – $1 million – $3 million
3. Quarter Horses – $500k-$1 million