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post #1 of 10 Old 03-01-2014, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Where to Look For a Horse

I am looking to get a horse this spring and I do have a budget so I can't just go on some horse "company" website and spend $15,000 on a horse. I was wondering if anybody on here would know where I could look for one, I've been looking on craigslist and other sites and I can't find "the one." I live close to the Minnesota Wisconsin border if that helps... If you know any good sites it would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-01-2014, 03:03 PM
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kijiji, horsetopia.com, equine.com are some other places to try looking. Also check out local tack store for posted sales ads. There are also a lot of facebook groups out there for horse sales, I live in a small town and I'm following probably around 5 pages dedicated to horse/tack/etc. sales in my area and province.
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-01-2014, 03:07 PM
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horseclicks.com ! I found my horse Smokey on there. and he is definitely the one. couldn't ever imagine my life without him or a different horse.
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post #4 of 10 Old 03-01-2014, 03:15 PM
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Put feelers out to local barns and such. I ended up buying my gelding when I went to the barn he was at looking to lease a horse. BO made me a deal I couldn't refuse on the perfect horse for me.
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post #5 of 10 Old 03-01-2014, 03:17 PM
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Also Facebook, there are lots of sale groups on FB and I've bought and sold off there
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-01-2014, 03:19 PM
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also new vocations! rescue thoroughbreds and standardbreds. they may be far away from you, but because their adoption fee is so low, paying for transport wont be too much to pay for. you should check it out. New Vocations
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post #7 of 10 Old 03-01-2014, 03:26 PM
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If you aren't very experienced then I would put some feelers out with groups like your local 4H and Pony Club and local horse vets and farriers who often hear of horses for sale and would know something about them first hand
Not all dealers are expensive and some will exchange the horse for another if it doesn't work out for you but I would get suggestions from someone up front for good ones as there are some bad ones about
You could also ask around local boarding barns and riding schools
There are lots of horse selling sites - but remember its a buyer beware situation out there so always take a knowledgeable person with you and have a PPE before you part with any cash
I'm not sure what your budget is but even though it is possible to get lucky its also just as possible to find that cheap horse ends up costing you a lot more money in extra feed & vets bills to get it right if its got health or weight problems, trainers if its got behavioural issues or if its young the length of time you have to keep it before its old enough to ride
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post #8 of 10 Old 03-01-2014, 03:43 PM
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Let me just second all of the people to get in touch with the farriers/barn owners in or near your area. My farrier gets people offering to sell him horses upon horses or hears of horses for sale on a daily basis. Barn owners are generally involved in bigger horse communities (especially if they are a lesson barn) and may have one of their own for sale + may have a student who has one for sale + may have a friend who has one for sale, etc.
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post #9 of 10 Old 03-01-2014, 03:45 PM
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^ this, and I would hook up with an experienced horse person to get a second set of eyes to go with you. You can also try www.dreamhorse.com, I like this site the best because you can fine tune your search better than most. I would also scour the "free" horse ads, because many people who can't afford their horse anymore, are looking for a good home for the horse, and many of them end up getting neglected if the owner stops caring for it, or end up with a kill buyer.

The first thing I would do....is make a list of what you want in a horse, and then go search that horse out. Look at a lot of them, don't fall for the first cute one you see, and if you find one you like go back a couple times before you sign on the dotted line.
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Thanks guys! :)
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