I’ve just got to say, I’m on the mindset now where I know I’m going to be able to get a horse. Even though that won’t be happening until around August or so, I am still looking. I enjoy horse shopping, and I enjoy going out and trying horses and seeing what works and what doesn’t. I’ve always enjoyed horse shopping. I’ve just never had a blog to ramble on about it before!
It really amazes me some of the ads that people come up about their horses for sale and the prices they set these animals at. Riders who’ve never worked with a quality show trainer before at all think they’re horses can do great at western, dressage, and jumping and want $5,000 for some barely trained 12 year old unregistered poorly conformed horse becuase it jumped the paddock fence.
Fugly horse of the day blog often times lists some the worst ads I’ve ever seen, they’re really a hoot, but it makes you feel bad for the horses. I love the stallion ads they post that are found on Craigslist from time to time – some long and gawky poorly “bread” stallion that usually has some kind of color and nothing else, against a barbed wire fence with rusted out cars and farm equipment in the back ground. The best is when the advertised stallion has burrs in his mane and the halter is hanging off his face and he looks like he’s never been touched before, but because he’s a color producer, he’s worth some pathetic stud fee. Whether it’s $200 or $2,000 I’ve never seen a Craigslist ad displaying a stallion worth breeding to.
Now, lots of times when looking through horse ads, most people are honest and trying their best, but just don’t know what to write about their horse, or what type of picture to use. Some ads will read “lost my job” or something like that, and those could be worth a second look. It could be a nice horse, at a great price, from a good person in a bad situation just trying to sell the horse as quickly as possible, but at a high enough price to assure it doesn’t end up on a plate in France.
A lot of times, though, the ads are just ridiculous. Trainers putting up dark, blurry pictures of horses jumping that are just terrible, and hardly make the $12,000 asking price seem realistic. For $12,000, can’t you get one decent picture?? Then skip it entirely if you can’t.
Sometimes, there’s no information about the horse at all!! I ran across an ad the other day for a 10 year old TB and the entire ad spoke of the race history of the horse’s sire! Not ONE word about what the horse actually does or why it’s worth $3,000. Another ad for a 12 year old TB I came across said something about the owner not willing to sell the horse to be raced!! Do people really not have a clue? NO ONE buys and RACES some 12 year old horse!!!
I came across one for a paint horse that since it breaks the fences it’s for sale…
I could go on an on and on and on about unbelievable horse ads. What are some of the worst that you’ve ever seen? And, even better – did you look at those horses or even buy one?
I’d love to hear!
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