I know I'm not the only one in this situation. I thought it would be nice to start a thread here where "horse for sale" sites are all posted in one place, especially classifieds that are breed-specific. Perhaps our lovely admin would be so kind as to pin it for others?
Please post the sites that you know! Rescue adoption sites, breed specific sites, really good farm/breeder sites (I know there are some really good ones out there!), local classifieds, etc.
Here's where I go and some places I've been...I've also done some Googling to save some hassle for someone else:
www.craigslist.com (But of course! It's just a pain in the neck sometimes to search, especially if you want to search within a several hundred mile radius...it's better for local searches. Also, you might have to deal with some keyword stuffed listings. For some reason sometimes when I search for western saddles I get returns for people's sofas . But you CAN add quotes " " around your query, which limits the results only to matches that are worded exactly to what's inside the quotes. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it makes it worse.)
www.equinehits.com (The "Advanced Search" gets annoying after a while because you can only search one breed at a time. If you wanted to keep all your search criteria the same and just change the breed, you can't. You have to re-input all of your search information for each breed you search. There is also no way to sort ads by price, listing date, photo ad, etc. I've also run across a few scams here, so be careful.)
www.morgansforsalewanted.com (Morgan horses only)
www.curlyhorsecountry.com (Baskir Curly horses only)
www.horsefinders.com (Not a lot listed here, but they're there!)
www.horsepost.com (Not a lot listed here, either, but they do have a nice photo platform running, the interface is user-friendly, and it's not littered with a gazillion Google ads to confuse you.)
www.petfinder.com (There are lots of rescues listed on here!!)
www.oodle.com (a site that combs all the other sites for results within your query, but what's cool is that you can start a search for whatever you're looking for and then you can tell Oodle to email you with new listings. It's great! But a word to the wise - even though you can tick boxes and search every breed you want all at once, I wouldn't...it doesn't seem to work correctly after you tell it to search more than 4 or 5 at a time.)
www.2buyhorses.com (This site is OK at best. It works if you can get the sellers to email you pictures. It's quite expensive to create listings with photos. The free ads only allow 1-2 lines of text, so the descriptions of the horses are severely limited. This site also lists horses by sizes "Large, Medium, or Small" which does make searches difficult. The advanced search option only allows you to searh 1 state and 1 breed at a time, although it does afford you the option to search within counties of that state if you're plannning to stay local. The search options aren't as good as the other sites, especially when it comes to breeds that are popular and that usually have several pages of listings - like QHs and TWHs. They also don't offer a place for color description. But the site DOES work and there are some real KILLER DEALS because people don't have the patience to go through all those ads. You just have to have a lot of space on your email server from all the pictures you ask for. I actually did sell a horse rather quickly on this site and bought one, too, but it is kind of a chore.)
www.equine.com (This site used to be much better, IMO. But I think there's something wrong with the advanced search option. It doesn't search for what I tell it to and often returns searches with search results that aren't anywhere near my specifications or it returns a 0 result when I know darn well there must be several listings on there. However, I have found what I'm looking for in the past...didn't buy it, but did find what I was looking for. The ads are quite nice...if you can get it to search your criteria. However, you may find yourself searching many pages of ads that you'd normally screen out. One trick I can tell you is that if you do a simple search and there are too many returns, DO NOT tick the side box where it says "Refine Search". This is where you'll get a lot of search errors. Instead, look up to a menu bar under the display banner and tick "Advanced Search". Start a new search from there. Also...you're better off only searching one breed at a time.
www.youtube.com (Did you know horses are listed on Youtube? It's just a difficult venue to search because that's not what it's designed for. But, they're on there, and what's nice is that they are videos, so you can see the horses in action unlike many classified sites that do not allow hotlinking or offsite URL posting. You can type in your breed in the Search box and spend the rest of your life watching videos. Of course, the cool thing about YouTube is that when you look off to the side the site has provided you with a list of related searches, so it's more like an adventure down a rabbit hole. Who knows what you'll find! But the postings are free, there's lots of listings and lots of photo slide shows, and you can communicate directly with the sellers. It is a lot of fun to sift through them. However, there are a lot of listings that you won't see becuase they haven't been keyworded correctly by the YouTuber.)
www.horsechitchat.com (Never actually used this one...just came across it the other day, actually! But it looks clean and user-friendly.)
www.horsesforsale.org (Really difficult to use...and read. I had to go into my browser's tools and tell it to ignore the preset font...which messed up the placement of the words and the ads. But the ads are there and sometimes there are quite a few of them..if you can read them. It's also the same site as www.horsesforsale.net)
www.agdirect.com (Another new one for me! See...we needed a list like this long time ago! Lol)
www.horseforsale.com (Not to be confused with www.horseSforsale.ORG or .NET)
www.horsesmidwest.com (Too many links on the Home page. The "Horses For Sale" page link way up in the right-hand corner in blue IS NOT what you're looking for. It doesn't do anything. This site has some really nice site options...if you can find them. They're all located within a drop-down menu right underneath the page header. Make sure your pop-stopper is disabled.)
www.equiview.com (Paints and QHs only. Not exactly a classified, but it does list links to many partner sites down the left side in the blue box.)
www.horsemarketer.com (Searching is limited, but the interface is nice. There's not a lot there, but there are some.)
Horse Classifieds - Horses For Sale - Horse Trailers (You have to scroll down pretty far to view feature ads. There's a lot of junk to read on the page, and it does take a minute to load the menu at the top. But once it loads you can click on the far left option in the header and browse through horses for sale.)
www.horse2buy.com (As opposed to 2buyhorses mentioned earlier)
Please feel free to ad to the list!!