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  1. #1
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    Default Bargain Horses less than 1k

    What great horses have you picked up for less than 1k? What circumstances led you to decide to buy? Before and after pictures would be appreciated too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalila View Post
    What great horses have you picked up for less than 1k? What circumstances led you to decide to buy? Before and after pictures would be appreciated too!
    Oh gosh, almost anyone with an OTTB could post here.

    Mine on the track, 3.5yo:
    http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/...adyinBlue1.jpg

    Over the summer, 4yo:
    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...39210825_n.jpg

    And yesterday, a couple months away from being 5yo:
    https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...95125121_n.jpg

    She was free, minus the $275 to ship her eight hours to me, bought her off photos. Already having a little herd of my own, I was being picky: I wanted a smaller, delicate mare with chrome, bay or black. She fit the bill. Didn't bother vetting her.

    She doesn't look like too much in her winter woolies, but she is quick quick quick and catty over the limited amount of jumps I've tried her at. She's a trail machine: she led the way through her first water crossing, on a loose rein, after the "experienced" trail horse fussed about getting his feet wet.

    She's going to be something very special, as long as I keep up my own motivation and have the finances to get her out competing.


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    I paid $600 for my girl:

    About three and a half months in (we were practicing standing nicely without tying and she thought it was an invitation to sneak in some early dinner):
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.n...21720812_o.jpg

    Still shy but super sweet and very gentle. I almost fainted when they were loading her into the trailer at the track - she was pretty scared and they were VERY firm with her but she never kicked or bit. I think once she gains some confidence she'll really be something special.

    Not a conformation expert so if anyone wants to give an opinion I'd love to hear it. I really do think she's well put-together and a steal for the price
    Last edited by bellsandwhistles; Mar. 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM.


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    My free horse:

    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...41468521_n.jpg

    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...52717132_n.jpg


    Well he was claimed and the person who claimed him had zero success. That person gave him to my farrier. My farrier didn't do his research and the horse was actually out of races in WV. He didn't feel like racing him in MD, so called me and said if you want a horse, have him. I took him off his photo and pedigree only.

    I've only had him a month, so can't really give you a before and after. I have high hopes for him though.


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    My husbands old guy. He was 34 here and retired but was always a firecracker lol. He's a twh mutt but he gaited nicely and was a great trail horse for my hubby since he had a spinal fusion the gait was much easier on his back

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    Free 4 yr old OTTB that I started on the farm track as a 2 yr old. Raced, came home, was sold to a dressage barn, and returned with no explanation within 24 hrs. Turned out he had started rearing pretty badly. Got that under control, and evented him 8 yrs through prelim. Turned out to be the best jumping horse I have ever had.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bellsandwhistles View Post
    I paid $600 for my girl:

    At the track:
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.n...92227365_n.jpg

    About three and a half months in for weight gain comparison (we were practicing standing nicely without tying and she thought it was an invitation to sneak in some early dinner):
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.n...21720812_o.jpg

    Still shy but super sweet and very gentle. I almost fainted when they were loading her into the trailer at the track - she was pretty scared and they were VERY firm with her but she never kicked or bit. I think once she gains some confidence she'll really be something special.

    Not a conformation expert so if anyone wants to give an opinion I'd love to hear it. I really do think she's well put-together and a steal for the price
    I think she's BEAUTIFUL!


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    I am not good at posting photos, links to places with photos, etc but our Advacnced horse is an Oklahoma bred OTTB that I bought for that when the owner didn't want to have to pay board adn training over the winter between race meets: "Ain't paying on a horse that ain't running". Owed the trainer money for board and training. Trainer is a good friend of mine. Knew I liked the horse just cux of his looks and personality Owner wanted trainer to take horse to the local sale. So I got him. He turned out to be more, and a better, horse than I can ride. So one day he will eventually be my novice horse.
    He does his first CIC3* at Red Hills this next weekend. Mom is very nervous.

    Then, I have a lovely half Trakh, half Lippy that is a lovely mover, etc that I paid somewhat more than that for that I bought as a 6 or 7 yr old. Told was "schooling 1st level". Now, about 9 or 10 yrs later I still can't get thru an Intro dressage test with him and he still doesn't have a canter. And jump? You gotta be kidding. He is a pasture air fern.



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    Ohio TB Breeders & Owners Association Mixed Fall Sale at Riverdowns track, October 2004. Went looking to buy a youngster to bring along as Char was getting older. Enter "Hey Baby Hey", a 15.3 hand chestnut mare, 2000 model, by Exetera (a Mr. P/Al Hattab grandson) out of Mighty Emy. No one else bid on her -- she almost No Saled. I bought her for $500.

    I'll have to work on getting a before pic.

    Took her to a couple mini trials and sold her in December 2005. Saw her at a clinic this past weekend and that was a HUGE treat. Not that I haven't seen her since. Her new owner is fantastic about letting me know how she's doing and such. They're having such fun together. Couldn't have asked for a better home for Frankie. "After" pics can be found at http://www.harrisoneventing.com/
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    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...81855678_n.jpg

    My $1 mare that was supposedly "broken" but who really just needed real horse care and a proper diagnosis. That's us getting a 67 at second level test three. She's now insured for 15000 and I can smile real big to my old trainer who almost ruined her


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    I was given my mare, Big Spender, as a 4 year old. She ran up through Intermediate until she was 18, when I decided to breed her. She was 10th in "Mare end-of-the year" standings for USEA (USCTA at the time, in 1993) and had numerous AHSA (now USEF) year end awards in her career. She is only 15 hands and is now 31

    My gelding is my current dressage horse, now showing 3rd level. I paid $1 for him 6 years ago as a barely broke 4 year old

    Both came to me at times when I wasn't really looking for a horse. I had just lost my filly when the gelding came along and changed my career path from eventing to dressage. Although they are never "free", they both have had huge impacts on me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MeghanDACVA View Post
    I am not good at posting photos, links to places with photos, etc but our Advacnced horse is an Oklahoma bred OTTB that I bought for that when the owner didn't want to have to pay board adn training over the winter between race meets: "Ain't paying on a horse that ain't running". Owed the trainer money for board and training. Trainer is a good friend of mine. Knew I liked the horse just cux of his looks and personality Owner wanted trainer to take horse to the local sale. So I got him. He turned out to be more, and a better, horse than I can ride. So one day he will eventually be my novice horse.
    He does his first CIC3* at Red Hills this next weekend. Mom is very nervous.

    Then, I have a lovely half Trakh, half Lippy that is a lovely mover, etc that I paid somewhat more than that for that I bought as a 6 or 7 yr old. Told was "schooling 1st level". Now, about 9 or 10 yrs later I still can't get thru an Intro dressage test with him and he still doesn't have a canter. And jump? You gotta be kidding. He is a pasture air fern.


    I'm in Tallahassee. You mind sharing who he is? Good luck, btw!



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    This one was a freebie OTTB. He was a rescue, my farrier traded some work in exchange for the horse, and gave him to me. Don't know where my Before's are, but here's several years After:

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...type=3&theater



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    I hope this counts:
    I was riding Class A Arabians 25 years ago when another client of my trainer decided to get rid of a mare he'd paid close to $10,000 for. She was supposed to be his girlfriend's English Pleasure horse but the two drove each other crazy (a very hot, sensitive mare and a very tense, nagging rider). He kept lowering her price to me until I gave in at $1,000. Had an AWFUL first year together as I was scared of her and scared her, but my trainer kept telling me to trust her.
    When we clicked, it was magic and we had lots of success in the ring. Then she went with me as I changed from Arabians to dressage to eventing to trail riding. Bred her to a wonderful Trakhener stallion and got a lovely colt, he's 20 now and my riding horse. And she is still around at 35! Quirky and opinionated and impossible to catch if she doesn't want to be!
    My whole life as a rider has been around her.


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    I'm loving all the gorgeous bargain horses! Who says you have to pay big money to get a beautiful, quality animal?

    Quote Originally Posted by hrford View Post
    I think she's BEAUTIFUL!
    Thank you Your guy is definitely a looker, I love the four whites and that racing picture is awesome!


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    Both of these for $1000. Bruce on the left was $750, now going Intermediate and Po on the right going Novice, was $250

    http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f1...ps60d00e4c.jpg


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    My wonderful Cob X T.B. gelding was given to me 19 years ago as a long yearling because he had an EXTRA HOOF (and a bit of cannon bone) on one of his forelegs. One of his splint bones reverted to "toe" status in utero, and so he arrived with a "spare". After refraining from their first instinct of shooting him, his breeders mostly ignored him. they weaned him at three months (sent mom to the auction because they thought something was wrong with her to have produced a freak), and turned him out with a bunch of ponies on fifty acres.

    A year later I recieved a phone call: if I wanted "that colt", I could have him. Otherwise he was going to the auction that week. I was a sucker for an underdog and still am....so after a couple of hours spent to catch him, he led and loaded fine. The appendage was surgically removed the next week and he was never lame.

    We did horse trials (he won every event I took him in)
    Open dressage to third level
    Lots of camping and beach trips

    He is a stellar horse and when he goes, they are going to have to toss me in the hole too.


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    I got a barely 15.2 late 3 year old OTTB December 2011 for $500. He didn't look like much; thin, awkward, hairy, and obviously completely uneducated as a riding horse (barely any forward, no balance, no steering, no stop) BUT he had (and still has) a super brain and temperament. I bought him as a resale but of course, in the process of getting him healthy, he had chronic hoof abscesses, couldn't keep shoes on, and if it wasn't one thing it was another so he was never in consistent work.

    Once summer hit he became super fat and since fall he's been 100% sound barefoot, so I moved him to a nice facility and started working him.

    He is a GEM. And is NEVER being resold. He has the best brain you could ever hope for, is super super quiet on the ground (can't emphasize that enough), but is very sensitive to his rider under saddle (but without being stupid/hot-hot), and has plenty of forward when I ask for it (just how I like 'em). He never says no. I've jumped him about 2'7" and even his first time being pointed at swedish oxers, slanted oxers, and bending lines, he was all game and not unsure of himself. He isn't point-and-shoot or anything, but he's a great greenie and I couldn't ask for more.

    I have mostly done hunters/jumpers and can see him as a competitive hunter, but am trying horse trials on him soon, too (I board at a great eventing barn). I took him to his first real show in December, after only jumping a month, and he schooled beautifully (like an old pro- didn't look at a thing) and we placed 4th out of 24 NICE horses in our 2' handy hunter class (where he got all of his leads over the fence and one quiet flying change). Didn't stay for the hack, but he's also a very cute mover to boot.

    We were supposed to try foxhunting recently, but it was canceled and we hauled out for a trail ride with my barn instead. He stepped off the trailer quiet as could be and was fine at any position in the group, and actually ended up doing most of the leading because he was so brave (bridges, creeks, steep hills- no problem). All on his first time on a real trail ride...I did hack him off the farm onto dirt roads and he was a saint all by himself- cars driving by and all.

    Can you tell I love him?! He is a snuggler too- very unlike my quirky (but wonderful) older TB.

    Ignore his mama's hunchy shoulders

    First trail ride

    My favorite picture of us

    He looks just like his sire- the late Digamist that last stood in VA. Apparently he threw chestnuts with fabulous can-do temperaments and I see every bit of it in my boy!


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    This mare I got for $100. She didn't canter well, had never jumped, and wasn't worked outside an arena. Now she is schooling 3rd level dressage, schooled Novice and training xc, and shown hunters a bit. A student is eventing her this year http://m297.photobucket.com/albumvie...l?o=8&newest=1

    This is my free one who I got division champion jumped for 3`6 and we will be going Novice and Training this year if I am sound enough. She was nervous and always jumped in a tight standing martingale but now is my personal favorite http://m297.photobucket.com/albumvie...l?o=9&newest=1

    This guy was a funny looking 3yr when purchased. Was unbroke. Sold him later after training him and he is a top winner in the jumpers on the A circuit http://s297.beta.photobucket.com/use...ml?sort=3&o=51

    I have tons more. If you have a good eye, the time and knowledge, and some luck, you can find nice horses for little money. But trust me, not many people would want to ride them the first 30 days lol
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    Given (she just became mine March 1!!! I've been riding her for nearly 2 years for a friend)

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-0.../s690/FDD9.jpg

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-R...90/Gibbes8.jpg

    Her a little skinny/under muscled coming off of an ulcers episode:

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-6.../s690/FDD1.jpg

    And she comes equipped with her very own kiss-spot: http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...70143015_n.jpg

    She's a 2000 ottb (jc Estrokal). She's athletic, not a mean or witchy bone in her body and tries her hardest to please. I love her so much! We are both new to eventing and I'm trying to go to our first HT in May



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