Someone who is selling their horse- Through a website called equine.com
A sale barn- This is where you buy the horse for the price the owner says. They auction off only chickens and ducks. And they sell all other animals. I mean ALL other animals. They even have zebra's for sale! Peacocks, baby lions, but those are on seperate days. I would go on a day when there is only horses so I won't have to wait for the auction to be over. I saw a REALLY nice paint horse in a pen that had already been bought, because we drive past this place like EVERY day. I would really rather take this option over the others. Because they have nice horses, and I would be saving one from slaughter. 85% of the horses that go in there and perfectly fine.
A feed barn- The owner of the feed barn would call around and help me find the perfect horse. A little weird situation I would say, but I would take anything!
And someone in my saddle club group - The saddle group is HUGE over 300-500 people participate every year. So there is always 5-10 people who are getting a newer, better horse, and want to sell theirs, or they are going to college. So after the fair this year, I will go and look around all the age groups and ask everyone if they know of any horses for sale. Or they might put them all in one pen and point out the ones for sale.
So please tell me wise ones. Which of these options is best for an intermediate rider?