I bought my mare on CL a year and nine months ago. I spent months browsing for a gelding and somehow clicked her listing, called, drove four hours north that weekend and paid $400 for her. She's such a cute mover and has GREAT bloodlines. She had been in an unfortunate situation and the girl I got her from remembered her from a previous barn and picked her up. I keep browsing ponies lately for my tiny human.
This is our CL pony. She was saved by an amazing person, who gave her to us. She had her vetted and started her on treatment, but she still had a long way to go. The owner wanted her to find her own little kid to love on her. And it's been awesome! http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y56...8123ec2109.jpg
Oh Lord you've opened floodgates of stories from me! Be careful what you wish for
Every horse I have and had I've gotten off CL, LOL! Except for Dusty, and I got him off the Penny Saver, or something like that. Was a free magazine that was usually at the check out line in the grocery store, though then it had JUST come online and that's where we saw Dusty. Our Saddlebred/Paso Fino mix. Turned out to be an awesome horse once he got some miles and manners.
And then there is Dolly, a 12 YO TWH that was broke at 3 years old and pretty much never ridden again. Sweet as pie and pretty as could be, she would accept a rider and follow the horse in front of her all day long but had NO steering. (you could be cantering, pull her head around till her nose was about touching your boot but she would keep going straight. Me, naive as I was at that time thought it was ok, told hubby "but she'll just follow you!" and he said "Yea, right off a cliff!" so that got me to thinking so I rode her around and around trees till she learned to steer): http://s36.beta.photobucket.com/user...rs063.jpg.html
Got her going good and found her a home with a little girl, who kept her for about 3 years and then got into barrel racing, so I got her back. She came back with some issues (rude and pushy and almost dangerous on the trail) got her "sane" again and put an ad on CL for her. A friend saw her and wanted to do a trade (I had in the ad she was quiet and I liked a little opinion under me) so we traded.
I got a hot spooky spin and bolt and rearer and he got a safe, sane quiet trail horse. She is a gaited Morgan, and I love her, and she now is finally sane and less reactive now (have even rode her in cowboy races and camp and she is great!)
People I sold Ladybug contacted me the other day (three years after I traded her for Curly) they needed to find her a home so I bought her back. Have her sold to a little girl (9) going through her 3 bought of Leukemia. All she ever wanted was a horse and I've always told Ladybug she needs a little girl. She hasn't gotten to see her yet except in pics her parents have showed her. She will be able to come home for a week and will come and see her, she wont be able to touch or pet her yet because of her immune system but at least can see her! (we're gonna braid her hair with pink ribbons and a big bow on her neck, we've all bought her pink brushes and buckets and halters and will get a pink helmet). Once her blood level is up she can come see her: http://s36.beta.photobucket.com/user...4fcc4.jpg.html
And then Snickers, a TWH we went to see. Ribby and hay belly, running alone in a overgrown "pasture" (literally trails through weeds taller than him) feet EXTREMELY overgrown. Couldn't ride him. Said no thanks, she said please take him, I need to move him we're divorcing (horse on his land, she left for a another man, not a good situation) so we took him. Got him wormed and trimmed and he turned into a good boy. 6 years later his owner just loves him:
Then there was Little Man. I came home one day to see a skinny scared palomino in a stall. Hubby said he went to look at him and though smaller than what we needed he couldn't leave him in the bad situation he was in (hubby is so bad for doing this, but it's ok, I love his heart)
Fattened him up and sold him to my farrier who used his as a lesson horse for 8 years now he's retired to pasture from arthritis:
Hubby saw an ad for a TWH gelding, since it was so far away we took the trailer (normally try to leave trailer at home to give us "thinking time") and came home with him. A sweet reactive super hard spooky came home with us. He's the best horse ever, become a wonderful trail horse (hot and fun) and turns out has some great lines (his half brother is Jose Jose, one of the highest priced TWH's ever sold (over 1 mil) and he's dad is Gen's Major General. Had him now about 6 years.
May of 2012 I was just browsing the ads, seeing what was out there, passing some time, blah-blah-blah, and opened up one ad for a thoroughbred mare. As soon as I saw her bloodlines, I knew I had to get her. Turns out, the owner had fallen on hard times, her farm had been foreclosed and she desperately needed to downsize.