The price of a horse varies from one extreme to the other, from a few hundred dollars to millions, so what is the most expensive horse in the world? In most cases, the most costly horses are Thoroughbred racehorses, in particular successful stallions embarking on a stud career. Knowing the sums of some horses is impossible as transactions are not public knowledge.
Fusaichi Pegasus – One Of The Most Expensive Racehorses
Fusaichi Pegasus is a Thoroughbred racehorse that went to stud for a reported $60 million. During his racing career, he took home $2 million in prize money. Also, Fusaichi Pegasus won the Kentucky Derby in 2000.
At the start of his stud career, Fusaichi Pegasus’ stud fee was a cool $150,000, one of the most expensive in the world. However, Fusaichi Pegasus did not pass on his winning genes to his offspring. By 2017, the stud fee fell to just $7,500.
Totilas is a Dutch Warmblood stallion. He set the dressage arena alight with his extravagant movement, winning numerous top honors. At the World Equestrian Games, Totilas took home three gold medals.
His success put a huge price tag on Totilas. Shortly after the World Equestrian Games Totilas sold for 11 million Euros. Sadly, he never did as well in competition again, retiring to stud in 2015.
Totilas came down with colic in 2020. It was not possible to save him, and he passed away.
MHS Going Global – Among The Most Expensive Show Horses
MHS Going Global is a top showjumping horse, and most likely the most expensive in its discipline. After the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, MHS Going Global sold for an incredible 12 million Euros, moving from Irish rider, Greg Broderick to Greek rider Athena Onassis.
Green Monkey is a Thoroughbred racehorse that broke auction records for an unraced two-year-old, selling for $16 million. He is not only famous for his huge selling sum, but for not showing his expected talent on the racecourse.
Green Monkey only ran in three races before retirement to stud. His stud fee was $5,000, small in the scheme of things for racehorses. Green Monkey spent his stud life on a farm in Florida until he came down with laminitis, which leads to his death at age 14.
Galileo is an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse with an estimated value of 180 million Euros. While a successful racehorse, Galileo’s jaw-dropping value comes from his success as a sire of many winning offspring.
Frankel is another impressive racehorse with an estimated value of 165 million Euros. He is one of the most successful sons of the great Galileo. After his racing career finished, Frankel returned to his birthplace, Banstead Manor Stud in England, for stud duties.
On the other side of the ocean, in the United States, lives Tapit. This son of the legendary Pulpit has a value of over 100 million Euros. Progeny of this grey stallion has won more than $166 million on the racetrack, making him one of the most influential Thoroughbred stallions in history.
Most Expensive Horse Breeds
The Thoroughbred usually tops the list for the most expensive horse breed. The most successful and well-bred sell for tens of thousands, even millions. Unfortunately, racing failures sell for small sums for second careers in other disciplines.
The ones that go on to a second career are the lucky ones. Sadly, many Thoroughbred facing failures suffer much worse fates.
The Akhal-Teke is one of the most interesting and expensive horse breeds in the world. As the national horse of Turkmenistan, The Akhal-Teke is an excellent endurance horse. It is one of the rarest horse breeds on the planet, with only around 8,000 in existence.
The most unique feature of the Akhal-Teke is its coat. The breed has a metallic shine to its coat, something no other horse breed has. A high-quality, well-bred Akhal-Teke sells for around $100,000.
The Arabian is arguably the most beautiful horse breed. It is also one of the oldest breeds in the world. You will find the Arabian at the beginning of the pedigree for every Thoroughbred that ever ran on earth. A quality Arabian sells for at least $25,000 and up to $300,000.
The most expensive Arabian is the mare Pepita, which sold for 1.4 million Euros in 2015.
World’s Most Expensive Horses Conclusion
It is impossible to know for certain what is the most expensive horse in the world. Several horses reach what looks like impossible values. Many horses of this standard are not publicly advertised and trad hands behind closed doors.