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post #1 of 22 Old 10-10-2010, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Where or how did you find your horses?

Hello everyone
I am now having to start looking for a new horse. My senior gelding had to be put asleep a few weeks ago.... I am just looking for a gentle pleasure/trail horse. I was curious how any of you found your horses. I am a bit scared having to look on Craigslist type adds. Worried I am going to get scammed or a bad horse I can't handle. Have any of you bought from horse traders that weren't bad? Or individuals in your area? Or have you used rescues? My gelding I found at a rescue in Colorado he turned out to be great for me.I now live in Texas and I am looking daily at some rescue sites. Just haven't seen anything yet that seems to be right for me to check into.And these horse adds with photos of people standing on horses and flipping off the backs of them is just waving *Big RED FLAG* for me.
Thanks for any input~
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post #2 of 22 Old 10-10-2010, 08:51 PM
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Sorry to hear about your old guy.

It is really hard to find a new one, IMO, especially for those of us that can only have one, maybe 2.

I have tried is all, basically, and finally found my old guy years ago from a reputable breeder, who happened to have one I could afford. Have had him 17 yrs. When it was time to start looking at something younger as he had some arthritis, it was hard, since we were so used to him. Nothing was ever just right. I bought a couple, that, sadly did not work, mostly from traders. Finally got the one I have now from word of mouth, friend of a friend of a friend sort of thing. He is perfect, and his previous owner(s) are always interested in his progress. I could not ask for more.

Take your time, there are SO many out there, be careful, and take someone with you to look who knows you, your abilities and what you want and need. Someone who can be the voice of reason, while we are falling in love (if you are like me) with every pretty face.

Good luck, and remember, the more you look, the more you learn about what you want, need and about yourself.

Have fun, most of us don;t get to do this often!

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post #3 of 22 Old 10-10-2010, 10:24 PM
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Sorry to hear about your old guy. Dont be afraid of CL ads. I got my 3yo off CL and she has been a total dream. There are a LOT of people that are selling cheap thru CL to get rid of horses, some good,some bad, before winter set in and then get nothing for them. You cant really get scammed if you go check out the horse yourself. Dreamhorse and Horseclicks are good sites too. I found my asb on one of those two.

I definitly agree with franknbeans. Know what you want, stick to it, and have fun! I love horse shopping, but Im all full this fall, so no shopping for me.
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post #4 of 22 Old 10-11-2010, 12:44 AM
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Another I am sorry to hear about your old horse.

I found mine on dreamhorse.com
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post #5 of 22 Old 10-11-2010, 07:02 AM
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I bought my daughter's new horse off CL. I had seen videos of him and contacted them to comment on how wonderful he appeared even though he was way out of my price range. I had stated like this "if your horse was in my price range he would be in my pasture" When she emailed me back she asked me what my price range was and I told her not even close to her asking price. In fact it was $3000 less!

Sheldon was purchased from his breeder who had never planned on selling him but after a car accident needed some money and this is the one the lady wanted. Sheldon is bred to the hilt to run but even thought this boy is fast his heart isn't in it. The breeder told buyer one that... buyer one bought anyway. Sheldon didn't end up being what she wanted and no one wanted a Dash for Cash, Jet Deck gelding that didn't want to run. About 5 weeks after I contacted buyer one she sold me Sheldon for $1500. He is in the show ring showing western pleasure and just made his English debut :)

My friend just found her 3yr old son a horse, at a stable where the owner was no longer able to ride due to health issues. Sapphire is 20 and perfect for a little one.

Good luck to you. Let your horse friends know you are looking. Sometimes your new best friend can be right around the corner.
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post #6 of 22 Old 10-11-2010, 08:44 AM
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Sorry about your old horse.

Like other people have said, don't be afraid of craigslist; i would suggest doing lots of test rides and if you find a horse you might think is suitable ask if they would do a two week trial period that way you could take the horse home and make sure it's suitable when it's away from it's owners. Don't be afraid to take someone with you and maybe have them ride the horse too. Me and a friend went to look at a small pony that she needed for her lesson kids and we both rode it and then asked the seller if we could have her on trial.

My friend got her horse from craiglist i believe, payed $1 for him and now he's used as an eventing horse (she got really lucky in my opinion).

I got my horse from a local trail center. i volunteered as a trail guide and fell in love with him. i spent nearly 4 months riding him before i bought him and he still turned out to have problems that i didn't find out about until a while after i'd already parted with my money.
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post #7 of 22 Old 10-11-2010, 04:28 PM
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I'm very sorry to hear about your horse passing.

As far as where I've gotten my horses-
My mom got a horse a few years back from a rescue, great horse, but wouldn't let anybody ride him but her...

I got my first horse off of CL and I loved that boy! He was a pain, but the people weren't able to predict some of his issues because they didn't have the space that I did... but you can find some lovely horses off of CL.

My current horse I heard about from an e-mail that a lady sent out to our 4-H group. Lovely boy, we went out to see him. She needed to get rid of him due to financial issues so he was free. Love him to pieces, he could easily be a $6000 horse. He was also on dreamhorse.com.

You can find horses a lot of different places! I have yet to have a bad experience... but that is just me.
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post #8 of 22 Old 10-11-2010, 04:34 PM
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I'm sorry to hear about your old guy.

I found Soda through a friend. I actually rode him for awhile, then she decided to sell him and I bought him.

I found Lily on horse.com after my old girl passed.

My parents got their TWH from a breeder and I have a friend who has gotten several horses off of dreamhorse. Some were good and others bad. You just have to follow the normal rules when buying a horse. These sheets are kind of handy: Equine Legal Solutions - Buying Checklist
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post #9 of 22 Old 10-12-2010, 02:54 PM
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Sorry about your boy.

I found Sonny on horsetopia.com and either horseclicks.com or equinenow.com. He was on 2 websites.

You could also ask around in your area.

Hope everything works out!

Sonny-13 yr. old Qurab Gelding
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post #10 of 22 Old 10-12-2010, 03:23 PM
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sorry about your horse.

I found my mare through some friends, their neighbors had her and were selling her.
My old gelding, his old owner was going to pay my mom to ride him to get him in shape to sell. We bought him instead.
My new gelding, my grandpa gave him to me.
so I've never used the internet, just through local people.
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