This is the final post in BRD’s three-part series, which covers different options for buying a horse and things to consider when selecting where to buy your next horse. Our previous topics covered online resources and a review of horse auctions. In this post, we will discuss other methods of finding a horse that we have not previously addressed.
We understand why some buyers would have qualms with auctions, and why they may not want to buy a horse online. Luckily, there are other places you can go!
- Tack Store Bulletin Boards
This is probably one of more old-fashioned, traditional methods of advertising, but it is still popular and effective. Many people will post flyers about horses they are trying to sell with general information on the horse in question, which brings up another point to consider: try to find a tack and feed supply store before you buy a horse, and do a bit of research on owning a horse before you commit to buying one.
- Horse Shows
Horse shows are an excellent option if you want to buy a show horse, or are considering competing in horse shows in the future. This being said, please note that show horses are purebred, and highly trained, and are therefore going to be on the higher end of the budget spectrum.
- Right from the Horse Breeder
Buying a horse from a breeder is going to also be on the higher end of the budget spectrum, but they should also be able to help you get the exact kind of horse that you want. We would mostly recommend this option if you have a specific breed, age, and color that you are looking for with the papers to back it up. Horse breeders typically have a lot of experience in their craft, and are therefore also a great resource of information.
- Sales barns
Sales barns (not to be confused with horse auctions) are another great resource! Unlike auctions, where animals are corralled and moved around on a single, eventful day, sales barns act as a one stop shop to simplify the horse buying experience. Sales barns regularly receive new inventory of horses, and the employees work with the horses first-hand to obtain a clear understanding of the animal they are expected to sell. Because the staff are knowledgeable of the animals they’re working with, they are a great resource for helping you select which horse will best fit your expectations and meet your needs. Sales barns also sell plenty of other horse related products and supplies.
- Word of Mouth
One of the funny things about horse people is that they tend to spend time with other horse people. One convenient way to find a horse is simply to spend time around other people who work with horses.
Do you have a relative who owns a farm or a ranch? They might use horses in their ranching process, and therefore might also know other people who use horses in their ranching processes. Even if they don’t know someone directly, they might know someone who knows someone who is trying to sell a horse.
If they don’t know anyone who is selling a horse, consider asking the owners of the place where you plan to by tack and feed. Ask your friends, and the handlers and the boarding stables.
Of course, this might be a less reliable method that is slower to produce the desired outcome of finding a horse, and may lead you into a situation where you may not know much about the horse, like we discussed in our previous post. However, all the missing information on any horse in question can be resolved by simply asking. When buying a horse anywhere, make sure to ask a lot of questions and do your research.
This was the final post in our three-part-series, we hope you enjoyed it! If you enjoy what you’ve read, please make sure to sign up for our news letter for future posts about horses and horse health.
iHeart Horses (2020, June 6). Where To Buy A Horse: 6 Places to Look. https://ihearthorses.com/6-places-to-look-for-horses-for-sale/
Shaffer, C. (2021, September 222) Sale Barn 101. Horse and Rider. https://horseandrider.com/how-to/sale-barn-101