I'm looking for a horse, and I have pretty much exhausted every single source I know of. I've had my trainer looking, done stuff through word of mouth, in tack stores, and on sites such as Dream Horse and Equine.com and such. I guess it is hard because I am working on a fairly limited budget (think four figures-low five figures, however I don't think this is too ridiculous a request as I do not expect to get anything too fancy thats going to win the A's for my budget), but I just can't seem to find what I am looking for. When I DO find something, the owners have not called or emailed me back. I understand if the horse is sold, but I would like to get a short follow-up email/call/message to inform me of the current status of x horse. (I know i'm not the only one!)
Regardless, the last option I am thinking of is barn websites that have a sales page. Or "sale barns". I was wondering if anyone knew of any in the NOVA/central MD area or really anywhere in the greater Washington area? Think 2-3 hours from Washington. I realize there are a lot of websites, but I know some are more obscure than others, and I was hoping to enlist some COTH magic to help me find some places to start looking.
Well, we have horses for sale, and know of many others that are not listed on-line. Let me know if I can help you out.
I am assuming you have looked at VirginiaEquestrian.com and DianeCrump.com as well?
I'm assuming you've looked at Virginaequestrian as well.
Ummm one of our local barns, East Coast Equestrian center (Eastcoastsporthorses.com) its probably a little far for you, but she has some decent horses for sale. Word on the street is it's name your price with her as she really needs to down size so it might be worth it for you.
I don't know what your criteria is exactly, but if you're willing to look on the younger side, you should google breeders in the area. I think that COTH also has a list by state of breeders, but I have misplaced the link.
I think bigeq.com has a variety of prices, if i'm not mistaken. It more like a general sales listing now, since they really don't have any criteria as to what kinds of horses you can post. I would take a look.
On exchangehunterjumper.com, however, they have to verify that the horse is qualified enough/shows enough to be eligible for their listing... so those horses tend to be on the pricier side.
I recommend that you contact Darlyn at Fairview Horse Center in Haymarket, VA. She frequently has some nice horses that are very reasonably priced; she is a breeder who posts here also. http://www.fairviewhorsecenter.com/
Finally, you might consider contacting Pat Limage at Mid Atlantic Hanoverian Breeders group. They circulate emails among members when someone is seeking a horse, listing the desired criteria. The MAHB website also has a breeder directory http://mahb.homestead.com/Directory.html
I wouldnt blow off bigeq.com entirely, i know it used to be high end. but the last time i was on it, yes there was alot of high end, but there were also alot of good 'local' types and some green prospects that were fairly priced in the everyday persons budget.
Ive started using it a little bit because it seems to cut down on the tire kickers you get on eq.com and those crazy third party international scam artists..