Where to find high end hunters online?
I'm looking for websites or breeders you guys could point me to for horse shopping. Location isn't a huge deal, as I'd be able to travel anywhere in the US or Canada. Europe is also an option, and I would be totally fine looking for horses that are there, though North America would be better.
Budget limit is high 5-figures/low 6-figures so I have quite a bit to play around with.
And I just realized I didn't give enough information. I'd be looking for a 15.3 - 16.1 hh horse that is currently doing at least 3', with the ability to do 3'6" in the future.
dreamhorse, equine now, Virginia Horseman, and BigEq.com
BigEq.com is probably the best one for what you're looking for, and you won't have to wade through a lot of listings for other disciplines.
it sounds like you are looking for an older horse, but i know a really good breeder at prospect hill farm in ND. the oldest horse you would probably find there would be about 4yo, people hold on to these horses and never let go lol. they are bred for hunters and very good at it. a breeder buys from them who is based in the twin cities, her name is mary but i cant recall her last name this minute.
For upper level purchases, I use Hunter Jumper Horses for Sale | Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation Horses & Ponies For Sale or ExchangeHunterJumper.com, Quality Hunter & Jumper Horses for Sale, it also helps if you know some good agents/trainers and just ask around on the circuit. Depending on where you are located, you might check out some AA shows & see what any of the trainers there have for sale. Capital Challenge(The Capital Challenge Horse Show) is Sept 29th-Oct 7th in Marlboro, Maryland; the Pennsylvania National(PA National Horse Show - Home) is Oct. 11th-20th in Harrisburg; the Washington International(Washington International Horse Show) is Oct 23rd-28th in DC. Those are all large shows that would have plenty of horses in your price range. Good luck!
I don't want to actually approach any trainers about it yet, as I'm just trying to get a feel for what's currently in my price range. I've gotten a very serious offer on one of my current horses and am trying to see what I could get in terms of quality if I decide to take it.
And thank you so much for the site suggests!
Agreed, the exchange and bigeq are going to be your best bets for high 5 figures. (although I heard a rumor that theexchange might be closing soon) You might see a few off other sites but those two are pretty much all nicer rated show horses. A 15.3 horse that can do the 3"6 will probably be labeled as a small junior, and just fyi sometimes small juniors are more expensive than large juniors (16 and over). Simply because it's hard to find a horse that can easily jump a 3"6 course well with enough stride to lope down the lines that's less then 16h. Esp one that's fancy enough to be competitive at rated shows. There is also usually a huge price difference between a 3" horse and a 3"6 horse.
Have you tried ProEquest.com?
And I've actually never heard of ProEquest.com. I'm looking through it now!
I would look around or ask around for professional hunter/equiation trainers. Maybe set up a lesson so they can see your skill, or just tell them what you are looking for and if they know anyone who might fit you.
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