Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
My current horse I bought from my friend, who got her from the sales. There are heaps of horses at sales, but it's certainly a risk.
Horse before that I put out a wanted ad online, and got a reply.
Horse before that I adopted through a Standardbred rehoming program.
Horse before that I found through an online ad (she was an unbroken 3 year old). This was a bit of an out of the way classifieds place, so it's worth looking around.
Horse before that I bought through an ad in the paper. It just said something like "Two clydesdale/tb fillies, rising two year olds" called them up and got my old mare, the bigger of the two. They bred heavy horses for a carriage business that did weddings and such, and they'd bought two half clydesdale mares who had TBx foals at foot. She was brilliant, vague ad, but good and I'm super glad I gave it a chance.
Horse before that also was from the paper, and he, and the other mare, was the best horses I ever had. Ad was also somewhat vague. "TB gelding, 16.1hh, D grade showjumper, 11 years old POA". Called, the price was reasonable and he was great.
First horse my mother put a wanted ad in the paper, for a kids horse, and they called with him.
I know online purchasing is easier, but I am still a fan of buying the local paper and looking through the classifieds! Often the ads are short, vague and without pictures but sellers are often serious and the owners a pretty decent type.