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  • Best place to horse shop

    I have been on the horse hunt for awhile now and I’m finding my state just doesn’t have a lot of horses and seem more expensive compared to other areas.

    If you had a 15k (to include shipping to the Midwest) budget, where would you go travel to see the most?

    Dallas and Ocala are on the possibility list but curious if there are any others.

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    I’m not very “in the know”, but I do know that being more specific about what you are looking for will help people point you in the right direction. Step up horse for a skilled pony rider? Packer for a returning adult amateur? Prospect to be brought along by you or your trainer? Main goals are showing and winning ribbons? At low levels or at high (good luck with that budget). What KIND of showing (jumpers, equitation, hunters, etc)? Or mostly looking for a recreational ride with a little dabbling in the show ring?

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      #3
      Originally posted by Toblersmom View Post
      I’m not very “in the know”, but I do know that being more specific about what you are looking for will help people point you in the right direction. Step up horse for a skilled pony rider? Packer for a returning adult amateur? Prospect to be brought along by you or your trainer? Main goals are showing and winning ribbons? At low levels or at high (good luck with that budget). What KIND of showing (jumpers, equitation, hunters, etc)? Or mostly looking for a recreational ride with a little dabbling in the show ring?
      Basically a youngish (12) horse for a timid intermediate rider that can do low level stuff to go to schooling shows and have fun.

      nothing fancy just want something that won’t try to kill me 😂

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      • #4
        Try Canada. The exchange rate will work in your favor. You will have about CAN $20,000.

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        • #5
          Agree with Scribbler. 3 years ago,my daughter and i went for a weekend in Ontario, looked at 9 young ones at 4 barns and had one shipped to U.S. IIRC the US dollar was worth 1.25 then. And, it was fun.

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            #6
            Where are some of the bigger horse places in Canada?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GucciJumper View Post
              Where are some of the bigger horse places in Canada?
              The GTA (greater Toronto area) in Ontario would be a good place to look. There are plenty of “horses for sale in Ontario” groups on Facebook and quite often I see ISO posts explaining that the buyer is trying to see many horses in a couple days, with many people replying.

              Happy horse shopping!

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              • #8
                I would suggest Southern Ontario. It has the most people and the most shows at all levels.

                If you were looking for breeders you might need to go out to ranch country in Alberta or Manitoba, but if you want a horse that's already going, I'd say Ontario.

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                • #9
                  I live in the DFW area, and I wouldn't recommend Dallas if your all in budget is $15k. I have been looking in the same price range, and there isn't much available under $25k unless you're interested in an OTTB or green as grass baby.

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                  • #10
                    I’m having a similar experience although in a different area. I’m starting to think it’s a tough price range to shop in for a good natured adult amateur all rounder.

                    Scribbler’s suggestion of southern Ontario is a good one to take advantage of the CAD $. You could also possibly consider Alberta, though I would wait until the weather warms up a bit. There’s a decent H/J community there around Spruce Meadows, so definitely more than just ranch ponies.

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                    • #11
                      If it's not too far, I know a trustworthy lady in Alberta who is well connected. Her name is Maryian Moore. She acts as an agent. She's been doing it for years. If that's not too far, you can find her profile on ProEquest. I bought a horse from her....geez....I guess 15-20 years ago, and we stay in touch every now and then. Since virtually nobody is willing to go horse shopping in Alberta (especially in winter), you can get some smoking deals.

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                      • #12
                        I follow Parkwood Equestrian on Instagram and they always have nice horses in multiple price ranges. Do you have a trainer helping you? I always suggest having someone help you when horse shopping who knows the area and can help be a liaison for bartering, etc. Good luck!
                        Savannah College of Art and Design Equestrian

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                        • #13
                          I would agree with the Canada suggestion. You will get more bang for your buck here. Head to Southern Ontario, or Ottawa/Montreal area for best selection/density. I think you'll find prices in Ottawa/Montreal will be slightly better, but not quite as dense and perhaps requiring a bit more driving.

                          The western provinces can have some really good deals, but for something been there, done that....I think your best bet is to hit up some of the denser areas to find a better selection of that type of horse.

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                          • #14
                            As an Albertan, there is an extensive selection of exactly the type of horse that you are looking for in the Calgary/Edmonton area. There is an active jumper circuit filled with the fun amateur jumper horses that you describe. A lot of the higher priced sales horses are in California and Florida right now, but plenty stay home in winter. Shopping in winter is absolutely no problem. Unlike Ontario, all arenas and barns in Alberta are heated. We ride and show indoors all winter with no problem.

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                            • #15
                              In addition, join some Facebook groups in your area. This is how I am finding a lot of my leads in my horse search.

                              I second having a trainer help. Not only is it someone to bounce ideas off of, they will likely have more connections than you to pursue.

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                              • #16
                                Not the most fun destination to visit this time of year, but you should poke around the Midwest. Janine at Phoenix Equestrian Center, Dan/Jim at Quail Run Horse Center, Brooke/Karen at Heartland Farms, Kyle at Maffitt Lake Farms, Kim at Raven Ridge Farms, Kirsten at Wild Rose Farm, and Dr. Kathy Ott at Wild Horse Hill always have young hunter/jumper horses for sale (generally at reasonable prices). They are in Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota. All are great to deal with.

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                                • #17
                                  I've been looking for a horse for several months too (with a few disappointingly close calls-including a wonderful horse who was perfect in every way except she failed the PPE). I've been looking for a packer type hunter to show locally and with dreams of one day doing 2'6" (I'm more like 2' right now.) I've been looking in all the usual places- BigEq, dreamhorse and lots of FB groups to no avail. I'm in NJ but willing to look in all the neighboring states. My budget is up to $25K and somehow it seems absurdly low! If anyone has advice or barns in NJ, PA, NY, CT, MD who might have such a horse, I'd love to know. Oh, and my trainer is looking too so far with no better luck than me!

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                                  • #18
                                    Try Sally Parks in Idaho! I sent my jumper there to be sold in 2017, she has a lot of sales horses.

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                                      Originally posted by LetRed View Post
                                      I've been looking for a horse for several months too (with a few disappointingly close calls-including a wonderful horse who was perfect in every way except she failed the PPE). I've been looking for a packer type hunter to show locally and with dreams of one day doing 2'6" (I'm more like 2' right now.) I've been looking in all the usual places- BigEq, dreamhorse and lots of FB groups to no avail. I'm in NJ but willing to look in all the neighboring states. My budget is up to $25K and somehow it seems absurdly low! If anyone has advice or barns in NJ, PA, NY, CT, MD who might have such a horse, I'd love to know. Oh, and my trainer is looking too so far with no better luck than me!
                                      People are shocked when I tell them my budget is barely making it. My original budget was 5k and it just keeps creeping up.

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                                      • #20
                                        I have been looking for something similar; a little less money and a little greener ok, but have seen quite a few listed in NC/SC. I’m in the Rockies, and have also noticed nice OTTB types listed in southern CA.

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