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post #11 of 50 Old 10-15-2010, 04:28 PM
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Most people selling horses see those want ads and immediately think "starry eyed kid with no money wanting someone to give them the perfect horsey", even if this isn't the case, and they don't even take the time to read the ad. Because that is what the majority of them are. Those that do read them usually have a horse they REALLY need to unload, because it has major issues and they want rid of it. Don't give up searching, but I truly don't think the want ad is going to help your cause...

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post #12 of 50 Old 10-15-2010, 04:37 PM
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You have to "kiss a lot of frogs" when you are searching for a horse (as well as a lot of other things, but that is another discussion).

I totally agree with not posting a "wanted" ad, keep perusing all the good sites, as well as your local tack, feed, etc for ads. This is the time of year when typically people want less $$ for horses if they have to get rid of them. Certainly not the time to sell, IMO. The other good time is when people get low on hay later in the winter.
Keep looking-there is always another horse. Somewhere.

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post #13 of 50 Old 10-15-2010, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by franknbeans View Post
You have to "kiss a lot of frogs" when you are searching for a horse (as well as a lot of other things, but that is another discussion).
Thanks Frank and Speed Racer.
Well, my next piece of hate mail has arrived on the phoenix craigslist. This one reads:
"I did too. All she has to do is look at CL everyday. There are all kinds Arabians with all kind of prices. She could also go to the auction on Saturday and save a horse". HA
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post #14 of 50 Old 10-15-2010, 08:40 PM
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Can we see the ads that you have posted? Perhaps the wording is off?
It seems to me that you're being fairly breed-specific; and if the wording is off, I can see how some people might be irritated and not think much of your wanted ad. I've sold- goodness- lots of horses. I may have looked at one 'wanted' ad, years and years ago, and may have replied to it. I never look at wanted ads, and I'm willing to bet that I'm not the only seller out there that doesn't touch them with a ten foot pole.
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post #15 of 50 Old 10-15-2010, 09:50 PM
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Also, have you checked any rescues in your area? Many have nice horses for a reasonable price. Reputable ones have them vet checked and ridden so they are aware of what the horse is like under saddle.

Im looking at one for my Mom tomorrow...local rescue...16h, 16 year old TB trained up to second level dressage who trail rides. Less then $1000. If it works out he will be able to be the love of my cousin's daughter..her first horse (she is a younger teenager).

Just a thought.
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post #16 of 50 Old 10-15-2010, 10:23 PM
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I bought my newest boy off craigslist for $175 (the chestnut, he's a rescue though). :) I've never spent more then $650 on a horse and i've owned these guys :

(I JUST posted these on an auction thread.. sorry for the repitition)
1st - Dainty Little Dream - $350, 12 year old Arab x Welsh (bought her 3 years ago.)
2nd - Count My Strides - $650, 10 year old Mustang (bought him 5 years ago)
3rd - Best Kasenerio - $300, 6 year old Thoroughbred (bought him 3 years ago)
4th - Small Town Favorite - $175, 2 year old Thoroughbred (bought him last month)
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"I whispered to my horse, "i'm afraid of falling" and he whispered back, "i have wings".
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post #17 of 50 Old 10-15-2010, 10:40 PM
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I found my current awesome mare by responding to an ad for another horse on CL. He was too tall for me, and the seller's dad owned my mare and was thinking about selling her. It took forever to find her and get the deal done....about a year. To make room for her, I sold the one that didn't work out for me, via horsetopia.com, I think. When I was selling, it honestly never occurred to me to look at the 'wanted' ads on CL. I'd also suggest putting word out at your vet's, area trainers, and stables, saddle clubs and so forth. Most horse people around here know when the good horses are for sale, especially if it's the really good horses that they want to find a good home and are negotiable on price. I found some great leads through the chair of our local breed association.

There are a lot of horses out there and you will find one! Don't give up, and don't let the trash talking on CL get you down.

I think it's great that some of the experienced sellers/buyers on HF are willing to help you wordsmith your ad so that you get the attention of the seller you want to attract - you should let them take a swing at it!
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post #18 of 50 Old 10-16-2010, 04:17 AM
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See I am a great believer in the fact that the right horse will find you, One way or anouther!

I've never bought a horse when I was actualy looking, all of mine have been chance buys, given to me or offered to me (to buy) when I wasnt realy looking.

Harvey was bought by my aunt at a horse market because he looked too good a pony to be at a market, she gifted him to us and he has been a superstar.

Pride was anouther pony who was at a market, I went to the market to have a look at the tack, he was there, he didnt make his reserve, mum offered the dealer the reserve price as she just liked the look of him.

Rian fell into our laps when we heard about an arab for sale in the area. I was vaguely looking for a horse but not seriously. The girl phoned us about him.

Stan I phoned about a 1 line advert in a local free ads paper. Wasnt even looking for a horse, I was just curious as the advert was soo vague. Turned up to look at him fell in love and took him home.

Reeco was offered to me through anouther forum. After stan died I struggled for a while, i was very upset and concidering packing it all in. I was offered Reeco for alot less then his asking price and the rest as they say is history.
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post #19 of 50 Old 10-16-2010, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Update of the day...So...I have a very specific ad on the tiny (and not too often frequented) craigslist in the town where I live reading:
"Do you have a horse that you would like to find a new home for?
I've looking to get another horse for awhile now. I want to get back into riding. I'm on a student budget, so I can't afford something rather flashy and expensive, but the horse would have a great home and receive a lot of attention and be ridden daily.
It must be broke, and sound. Would prefer a mare, and hopefully under 15 years old.
So if you have one you'd like to find a new home for please send me an email and let me know what you have/what you're asking! Thank you!"
I figure beggers cant be choosers, and maybe its not meant for me to get an arab. If I can find a reasonably priced QH or even a grade that fits everything else perfectly, and is close to home, just be happy, ya know?
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post #20 of 50 Old 10-16-2010, 07:09 PM
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Poultrygirl, I have a smile on my face, too. You know, God works for us while we sleep! So, you may have found your new horse. Or maybe not - but you found new hope. Either way, you're on your way. Good luck and post to let us know how it works out!
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