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post #1 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Where Did You Find Your Horse?

So I am not quite ready to get another horse just yet, but I am starting to play with the idea. I know I want a young horse that I can break/bring along in partnership with my trainer. And yes, I have broken horses before and trained them, just never my own horse. It was always for a friend or client. I don't particularly care about breed. I just want to find a horse that has potential and that I mesh with very well. So my question is, where did you find your horse? Because honestly, I have no idea where to even start looking. Lol

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post #2 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 12:40 AM
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I bought my horse from his breeder, but how I found out about him and why he was available was purely chance.

My trainer was looking for someone to put some trail miles on one of her horses, and someone she knew recommended the breeder (who also trains). Knowing that I was looking for a horse, she asked if he had any horses that fit what I was looking for. He did, but only because my horse's previous owner had had to sell him back when she went through a divorce. The only other horses he had for sale were unstarted 2 and 3 year olds- not really what I was looking for!

I looked at A LOT of horses from online ads before going to see this horse. Maybe I would have eventually found another horse, maybe I'd still be looking
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post #3 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 01:10 AM
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I looked at lots of online ads and went to try several horses several hours away on a couple of occasions. For various reasons none of them worked out. After all of that effort I found my horse about 40 minutes away using the same online searches. Go figure!
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post #4 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 01:10 AM
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Most my horses, I just either stumbled into ownership of them (had them given to me for one reason or another) or heard about them through word of mouth from friends.

Denny, Jesse, Bessie, Rafe, Taz, Nester, Diamond, Talyn were all free horses that were offered to me (Denny in lieu of training bill, the rest straight out of the blue).

Dobe, Koda, Jet, those were all horses that friends of friends had for "sale" to a good home that could do something with them. Of those 3, Koda was the only one that had been handled but he wasn't even halter broke. The most expensive was Jet, but he was a registered (and very well bred) APHA...and he still only cost $500 before the horse market crashed.

If you're just looking for a prospect, those can be found nearly anywhere. Listen to your local trading radio station, browse your local craigslist and horse-for-sale sites, check out the flyers at the local feed store and tack shop. Look around for any larger breeding farms that might have production sales once or twice a year.
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post #5 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 01:33 AM
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The first one I adopted from the local shelter for $100, he had the basics down but was still green and I finished him out. Now he's a great horse and just the best guy ever to work with on the ground or in the saddle.

I just got a second horse that I'd had my eye on for 6 months or more. I'd ride past the trailer she was staked out at on a regular basis. She belonged to an older couple living on SSI. When I found out that they wanted to sell her, I snapped her up. When I feel she is well broke I will probably sell her on. If I'm lucky I MIGHT make a profit but even if I loose money I'll have had a good time, gotten more hands on training experience, and she'll have a chance at a better life.

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post #6 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 01:58 AM
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Via the internet - there was an online version of an ad in the local rag where the horse was advertised. I'd trawled Gumtree and the various Australian horse sale websites for a month or so before I started looking in more obscure places as I really wasn't happy with the lack of value about (I mean, one horse was being offered for $5k, doing prelim dressage, caveat that he had a major rearing problem and persistent sweet itch!!). I leased him via Gumtree, which I found generated the most responses (although I had to trawl through some spam/dodgy responses).

If I ever go to buy another horse in the future, though, I'll probably get one off the track. Much better value for money - so long as they're sound and don't have any major vices like bucking and rearing. But hey, my horse was not 100% sound (minor bone spur in near fore coffin, showed up on x-ray) and has a major bucking issue, and I still paid $2500 for him! His gaits are to die for, though...

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post #7 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 02:03 AM
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I posted an ad on Kijiji, and after it being up for just over a month I was losing hope of finding the right horse ( after things having not worked out two times before) I logged on to my email and saw that I had gotten a reply. A lady was selling her horses and wanted me to come try them out.
So I get there and see this short stocky cow horse, and then a giant slender-horse (who honestly scared me a little) and after trying them both I chose the giant slender-horse. Brought him home, fattened him up, and dubbed him Oliver. :)
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post #8 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 02:24 AM
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I found both my boys on good ol' craigslist.
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post #9 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 02:57 AM
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Drifter- From a woman I worked with.

Whiskey- Online. I had my eye on him starting in January and he kept sticking around so I finally went to go see him. The rest, is history
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post #10 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 03:33 AM
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My first horse: was a giveaway from a friend that was a lot of fun to ride.

Second horse: I found an ad online for a beginners horse. He wasn't actually a good beginners horse but I still have him 4 years later and I have learned a lot from him.

Third horse: A friend of a friend found an ad online and told me about him. He is an amazing horse that a have had some awesome times with.

Forth Horse: Recently a friend was given two young unbroken horses and she thought one would suit me. I went out and had a look at him and well now he is mine. I think with more handling and once he is broken in he will be a brilliant horse.

My two horse Apache and Sammy are my world
along with our dogs Patch and Bear.
But I will always love you Jimmy R.I.P
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