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post #11 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 03:51 AM
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post #12 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 07:07 AM
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I found both on an Irish ad site called donedeal.

I found Bandit when I didn't even want to buy a horse.... I was browsing when I saw his pic, fell in love with his face and went to see him that afternoon. He was a complete prat to deal with, but I knew that it would take nothing to bring him around - he ended up coming home that weekend.. accompanied by a mare and yearling!

I went to look at Nod, who was nothing like she appeared in her pics (which was well taken care of, good condition, healthy) but I looked beyond her current state and brought her home the next day. She has since turned a serious corner and worth her weight in gold.

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post #13 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 07:13 AM
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My first horse from a friend of mine.
Second horse my friend tagged me on an add on facebook. didn't think I had the money but my parents told me to go have a look and we clicked so we negotiated.
third horse I didn't buy, only leasing atm but he was a friends horse I met through pony club

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post #14 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 08:04 AM
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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.
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post #15 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 08:06 AM
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All 4 of my horses came from good friends...all of them came out of Texas, the 2 QH were Angelo State University breeding program horses....
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post #16 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 09:53 AM
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Dallas - I was looking around for my first horse, and was pretty specific about what I wanted and what the horse had to be capable of. So I was checking into horses I heard about by word of mouth, but I was also looking on the internet. I came across his ad and decided I would go and see him. He turned out to be exactly what I was looking for, and his correct owner did a great job with the training she put on him. He was only 4(younger than I hoped because I was still young), but he has such a great brain it worked out. We've had rough patches but he's turned out to be worth it.

Shaymus - I was looking for a companion horse for Dallas, and if possible a horse that my mom could ride. Although Dallas is a very good boy he was too green for my mom who hadn't ridden since she was a kid. The trainer I was at the time got Shaymus in on trial as a lesson horse, but he didn't work out for her lesson kids. I had no problem riding him and really liked him so I ended up buying him.

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post #17 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 10:34 AM
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I got mine on horsequest/donedeal (he was on both)
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post #18 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 11:08 AM
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I bred and raised all mine myself...
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post #19 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 11:25 AM
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My first pony when I was a kid I found through an ad in a local paper.

Several years later, when I was out on my own, there was a quarter horse breeder that was a customer at the bank I worked at. When he found out I liked to ride he invited me over (probably wouldn't have if he'd known then I was going to become their 6th kid, lol). Anyway, my next 3 horses I bought from them.

A couple from an auction - a specialized auction, not one of the once a month auction places.

Most of the other ones I've bought over the years have been from word of mouth.
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post #20 of 35 Old 08-10-2013, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the feedback! I've started looking at dreamhorse.com and a few other sites like it. I never thought to try craigs list though. I've also thought about getting another Thoroughbred, preferably unraced, but I have no idea where to start with that. I know a few breeders in the area, but pretty much all of them breed warmbloods that are way out of my price range.

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