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In this next year I am hoping to acquire yet one more horse :) Yay! But I have run into some problems and just want to throw it out there and see if anyone has some advice for me.

I'm looking for a younger horse (4-8, preferably 6 years old) that is most of all sound of mind. I will be the one responsible for the horse and therefore I'm looking for a horse I will enjoy riding. I jump. So I would like a horse with some kind of an ability. But mostly I'm looking for the brain.

Seems fairly simple right? Not.

I'm on a budget. And I don't mean a 1K budget. I mean like I've got a couple hundred to spend on a horse. I'm having difficulty finding a horse that just strikes my fancy. Or that even falls under these qualifications. My ultimate goal is to have a trail horse. Size isn't that big of an issue because the horse that I have right now is big enough for my dad to ride and I can just hop onto a smaller trail horse.

The reason we are looking is because our older horse is just that. Too old. And trails are just too stressful for him. I'm the only one that is small enough to ride the poor guy and it's just not fun for me anymore. Phantom jumps, hops, rears, and anything else you can think of while on the trail. I need something either my dad can get on and ride or something that I can get on a ride so he can ride my horse. Problem is, I can't seem to find one!

I feel as though I'm not looking in the right spot. I've tried craigslist, but I'm wary of scams and such. Dreamhorse I look at often but there isn't anything new at all.

Does anyone have some tips for me? Wrong time to look? Look at a better site? Any success stories?

Utmost importance:
GELDING
Younger age
Broke (solid w/t/c)

The horse doesn't need to be bombproof yet! I can deal with some goofy (baby) stuff here and there. But I need something that I can comfortably ride without worrying he's going to dump me at any second. Or fight him the whole way.

So any ideas??
 

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I think your list of criteria makes for a horse that a lot of people are looking for:

couple of hundred dollars
GELDING
Younger age
Broke (solid w/t/c)


Maybe if you got involved with a trail riding association, their online groups, newsletters and keep an eye on their classified and/or talk to active members you might be able to come up with some leads.

I would be interested in hearing what Cherie', here on this forum, might have to say.

Good luck,
 

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The gelding part is not my doing. My dad is a hardcore gelding only person. Which drives me up the wall but it's what I have to work with. If I found a mare that was COMPLETELY not marish AT ALL whatsoever, I could maybe sell it onto my dad. But the mare would have to be pretty dang special. I'm not against mares, I understand my dad's view. He hates the mare type tendencies and doesn't wish to deal with them. Especially since we already have two geldings.
 

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Unfortunately you get what you pay for. I found the cheaper ones can be the most expensive. Like my appaloosa. Seemed so quiet and sweet, but as my grandkids say «grammy's horses does wheelies.» :(. Maybe some rescue orgs. in your area but be patient.
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Not sure where you're from, but rescues are sometimes nice. I would try asking around at your local stables. The OTTB's are also very nice. They're the kind of been there, done that horses. Most of the time.
 
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if you have a good eye i would look at an auction, then rescue in your area... there are usually some pretty good diamonds in there... (found my little arabian at an auction... loves jumping hint hint :p) as for websites just type in "horses for sale" in google and you will get a ton of websites. from there you can pick regions and prices etc...
goodluck in your search :)
 

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Some of mybest horses were rescues. That's why it would be a good place to look. Most breeds of horses have specific rescues.
Wherever your go bring a knowledgable person or 2 good luck
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If I had the chance to do things over. I'd rather learn from someoneelse's mistake rather then my own. But that's just where I'm from.
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I think save up money. That way you can look at horses for a few hundred dollars, and at horses for a few thousand and find what you think is best. I mean many people would get more than what you want to spend if they sold their horses for meat.

You're not just paying for a horse, you're paying for the time that someone has put in, the feed they have fed and that goes into many thousands. I think even though you can get dirt cheap horses they are worth far more, and it kind of annoys me that people are adverse to paying that.

Finally, good horses go for more, average horses tend to go for cheap. When you have a good horse people always are interested and it sells for more, where as just an ordinary to bad horse is going to be the one that sells for a few hundred.
 

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The gelding part is not my doing. My dad is a hardcore gelding only person. Which drives me up the wall but it's what I have to work with. If I found a mare that was COMPLETELY not marish AT ALL whatsoever, I could maybe sell it onto my dad. But the mare would have to be pretty dang special. I'm not against mares, I understand my dad's view. He hates the mare type tendencies and doesn't wish to deal with them. Especially since we already have two geldings.
Your dad has got a point. There are lots of wonderful unmarish mares out here, but you have geldings. I will stand by my saying (& I am pretty sure your dad will agree) "Mares make geldings do stupid things." Good luck in your search.
 

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Since you have that you live in the "rainy, wet north west" in your information... I am assuming that means somewhere around the west coast of Washington? (one of my sisters went to college in Seattle)

http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?N=29&Ne=4&Nf=coords%7CGCGT+47.384016250891%2C-121.7729+-1&Ns=coords%2847.384016250891%2C-121.7729%29%7C%7Cshelter_name%7C%7Canimal_type%7C%7Cpet_breed_1%7C%7Cpet_breed_2%7C%7Cidentifier&Ntk=animal_type%7Crecord_type%7Cstatus&Ntt=Horse%7Cpet%7CA&distance=0&lat=47.384016250891&location=Washington&lon=-121.7729&pet_breed&startsearch=Search

^^^ that is a search for male horses at horse rescues in Washington. This particular boy caught my eye when I browsed through:
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/21310427


^^and is registered (no lying or guessing age) but I find it really fun that at the bottom of the information on the gelding is: No breeding :shock::think::lol::rofl:

Other places to look at are:
http://www.horseclicks.com/

http://www.equinenow.com/

http://www.horseville.com/
 
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