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post #1 of 3 Old 04-26-2016, 05:28 AM Thread Starter
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Trail horses for sale in Flemingsburg KY

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I live in OH and have been browsing sales for a new trail horse. I have noticed many ads from the same "dealer" in Flemingsburg, KY and would like to do my research if anyone has any information on them. The farm seems a bit sketchy due to the low prices for what appear to be excellent horses. The only credible information I have found searching have related to a horrific trailer accident from 2003 that involved who I assume to be the owner of this farm selling the horses. There are also allegations he is a "kill buyer" but in my mind that just means these horses deserve to come home with me rather than risk going to slaughter. If I can rescue even one horse from that fate I will do it. There are numerous ads on craigslist and equine.com but none of them list a seller name or farm name, just multiple ads for different horses posed in same way/location listed in Flemingsburg, KY. All ads list horses ranging from $2200-$3500 claiming to be very broke, very safe, healthy, experienced, mid-range ages (7-15 years), good sizes 14-16HH of varying breeds/colors and photos show good body condition. Most ads also include videos. I have read another forum that has many responses about how "fishy" it all seems, but other posts from people saying they have had good outcomes dealing with them. I live a good 3-4 hours away and am currently pregnant, so I really don't want to take too many chances purchasing a horse that may be listed under false pretenses. I do plan to make a farm call and have an experienced rider/friend come test ride for me (just to be safe with my pregnancy) and a vet check prior to any purchases, but if anyone has more information about these people or their reputation with trail horses I would really appreciate it. There are many ways shady people can hide vices with drugs or conditioning. I really don't want to get a horse home and risk being thrown or stuck with a trail horse I can't trail ride. I wish I lived closer to do more extensive riding or multiple visits, but I don't. I don't want to pass on a good opportunity to buy a good sturdy trail horse, but I'm not naive to the risks. I already have a project horse I've been training for 2 years and only have time for the one. I need this new horse to be a reliable trail companion who can help my younger gelding learn in a comfortable setting and not create more work for me.
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Do not assume that every 'dealer' is a crook and a snide. We have run into several that are very legitimate. There are a couple of dealers that come to the local Sulphur, Oklahoma auction from the East Coast when they have 'special' sales. They only buy the top end horses, often paying $2500.00 to $3500.00 each for them. I have them pay even more. They buy ranch used horses and horses that flunk out from reining and cowhorse training that are not going to make futurity or 'open' caliber show horses. Some are 'really broke'. I have been lied to more by individuals than the better kind of dealers.

The horses that have had show training are usually horrible trail horse prospects. [They are good 4-H and 'open' show prospects.] They have only been ridden at the show barn they came from and have no idea how to ride out on a trail. The ranch used horses are much better. They are used to going anywhere you point their heads. If they aren't real 'goosey', 'brochy' or 'cold-backed', they are usually good trail horses. The one other thing you have to watch on them is not to kill them (or you) with kindness. Some have not been stalled or fed a lot of grain and they 'can't stand prosperity'.

I would not touch a horse headed to slaughter from one of these dealers that sells saddle horses. THERE IS A REASON THEY ARE NOT SELLING IT FOR MORE MONEY AS A SADDLE HORSE! There is something really wrong with it. Most kill buyers sell saddle horses. Some of them sell really good horses, but most sell cheap horses. You can bet they have tried every 'broke' horse they buy and if it did not make the team to sell it to an individual, there is a very good reason. They make a lot more money selling saddle horses than the $400.00 - $500.00 they get in Mexico or Canada. The horses you have to really watch from dealers are the ones they are trying to sell for $600.00 to $1000.00. A little Bute or Ace can make a $400.00 horse ride like a $800.00 horse very easily. The better dealers that buy and sell higher priced horses are a lot more trustworthy.

If you spend more than $1000.00 for a horse, be sure to get a PPE done by a good Vet. There is also something you can tell any person selling a good horse that you are having a PPE done on. You can tell them that you are going to ask the Vet to pull blood and freeze it. Tell them that if the horse comes up lame or wild after bringing it home, then you will have the Vet test the blood for drugs. It can be an empty threat, but it should assure that a horse is not 'helped' with drugs.
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I don't know of any horse farms in Flemingsburg,Ky with 150 horses.
Ramey buys horses cheap and sends them to slaughter, thousands. It is horrible, but lots of people can't afford to feed them during the winter so they sell them to horse slaughters. Please buy them all and get them out of here. No one does anything to help them.
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