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How did you acquire your most recently obtained horse?

Online advertisement
25%
178
Printed advertisement or flier
4%
27
Recommended by a friend or family member
18%
127
Recommended by a veterinarian, farrier, or other equine care professional
7%
49
I bred him/her
13%
91
Purchased at auction
5%
38
Adopted from a rescue or retirement facility
10%
71
Other (explain below)
18%
130

Total votes cast: 711

Comments & Write-in Answers

Answered an ad for a different horse. Tried him, then tried the seller's horse and bought him.

2/6/2012 11:32:15 PM

recommended that we adopt them from somone who could no longer care for them

2/6/2012 10:27:32 PM

inherited from a boarder whose life took a rough turn

2/6/2012 8:57:09 PM

25 yr old mare was basically abandoned in next pasture, started feeding her & she is part of us now.

2/6/2012 8:31:24 PM

The electric company I have has a flier. Angel was on their. She's my first horse!

2/6/2012 6:34:35 PM

Through trainer

2/6/2012 6:16:24 PM

Rescued....followed him for years and contacted trainer--let him know I would be a safety net

2/6/2012 6:05:02 PM

he was given to me

2/6/2012 5:42:53 PM

Started as a lease and was "given" horse for nominal fee when owner purchased another horse.

2/6/2012 5:39:10 PM

He was given to us by a friend

2/6/2012 4:57:37 PM

Read between the lines on craigslist and got a wonderful horse!

2/6/2012 4:49:19 PM

Given him/her. Horse looking for a good home but not through rescue

2/6/2012 4:00:51 PM

From an add in the paper, i now have a great horse...

2/6/2012 3:10:07 PM

Suzy Q, a buckskin quarter horse adopted as a Premarin foal - GREAT HORSE1

2/6/2012 2:22:21 PM

$300.00 Craig's List Special. Best investment I ever made!

2/6/2012 12:41:21 PM

Recommended by trainer

2/6/2012 12:39:10 PM

26yr TB mare Once wrk wth Contact by former trainr Mare needed help took in now looking for sponsor

2/6/2012 9:01:05 AM

bought from a horse trader...

2/6/2012 5:51:36 AM

I like your site

2/5/2012 4:57:09 PM

Purchased from a reputable breeder by contacting directly to see what he had available.

2/5/2012 2:58:20 PM

Agreed to take horse when owner moved away

2/5/2012 8:53:45 AM

We were looking for temperment as first criteria. Had drug tests, xrays etc..gaurentee from seller.

2/4/2012 9:38:11 PM

Bought him from the same dealer as my previous horse. Dealer was initially recommended by friend.

2/4/2012 9:33:59 PM

She was born where i used to work-"crawled into my heart"

2/4/2012 3:23:37 PM

I was given my horse because she is dangerous,& difficult to sell

2/4/2012 11:36:30 AM

someone dumped a mare in my pasture - turned out she was bred

2/4/2012 10:51:36 AM

I adopted my filly at 6 months old from PMU rescue .org when the premaring business was failing

2/4/2012 9:42:07 AM

Studied the bloodlines of the breed I was interested in. I found a breeder who had those bloodlines.

2/4/2012 9:35:29 AM

Let a reputable horse dealer know what I was looking for

2/4/2012 7:49:14 AM

inherited after my dad passed away

2/4/2012 5:23:31 AM

Adopted from previous owner.

2/3/2012 9:29:41 PM

bought from former client

2/3/2012 9:17:14 PM

bought back, new owner lost income

2/3/2012 7:53:26 PM

she was the mother to my two babies and I bought her to keep her safe.

2/3/2012 5:00:51 PM

Given to me by owner, because she knew I would take excellent care of the horse.

2/3/2012 2:17:39 PM

slaughter farm

2/3/2012 8:42:45 AM

purchased from the breeder after he exhibited the horse at a trade fair

2/3/2012 1:49:06 AM

saw a sign "horse for sale" in front of their mailbox on the road we lived on

2/3/2012 1:43:36 AM

it was the best way for me to customize my horse (anglo-andalusian)

2/3/2012 1:39:43 AM

my riding instructor was looking for a good home for this horse

2/2/2012 10:09:55 PM

Bought my gelding from some pretty abusive owners upon being urged by a very concerned friend.

2/2/2012 9:44:21 PM

Received from a person who had rescued and then couldn't kep

2/2/2012 8:33:41 PM

Bought from a friend. I was interested in this horse for a few years. They called me.

2/2/2012 6:42:42 PM

The breeder is a friend and I saw the horse at 3 days.

2/2/2012 5:49:00 PM

Re needed rescuing so, I got him on trade.

2/2/2012 5:47:54 PM

I rescue

2/2/2012 5:35:24 PM

someone with many years of exp. with the particular breed and bloodlines.

2/2/2012 5:26:08 PM

we fell in love in a hopeless place

2/2/2012 5:16:51 PM

borrowed from a friend and ended up clicking with him, so i bought him!

2/2/2012 4:21:57 PM

purchased from owner after leasing horse.

2/2/2012 4:20:22 PM

my mare belonged to a good friend that I trusted and therefore have not regretted my choice!

2/2/2012 3:57:30 PM

A client offered a well-bred mare to my husband/farrier

2/2/2012 3:48:37 PM

purchased a cutting horse from a trainer

2/2/2012 3:48:26 PM

friend owned mother and raised him until two when sold to me.

2/2/2012 3:36:18 PM

Became attached while leasing another horse

2/2/2012 3:19:37 PM

given to me by a good friend

2/2/2012 3:18:30 PM

bought horse online and had shipped home.

2/2/2012 3:18:15 PM

Why purchase when thousands of well trained healthy horses need homes!!

2/2/2012 3:05:48 PM

Sold 2-horses years ago, their current owners cannot care for them so I'm taking them back.

2/2/2012 3:02:36 PM

Corolla Banker Pony

2/2/2012 3:02:10 PM

the horse was free

2/2/2012 3:01:00 PM

Why is "I bred him", etc part of the answer to a most recently PURCHASED question?

2/2/2012 2:59:37 PM

Partnership with another horse owner to eventually sell for profit

2/2/2012 2:43:24 PM

Was offered to me

2/2/2012 2:37:53 PM

Bought from a client

2/2/2012 2:25:49 PM

Lots of really nicely bred and trained horses, young and old, are avialable at rescues.

2/2/2012 1:56:54 PM

From a breeder I know.

2/2/2012 11:25:20 AM

Valley View Equine Rescue, King City, CA

2/2/2012 3:29:14 AM

Went to look at another horse and really like this one - brought him.

2/2/2012 2:42:10 AM

Adopted from someone who couldn't care for them (2) anymore.

2/1/2012 10:34:10 PM

Adopted through New Vocations...great program!

2/1/2012 10:21:03 PM

I went to buy a used round pen and the horse was thrown in the deal!

2/1/2012 8:45:10 PM

bought from my trainer

2/1/2012 7:52:42 PM

Horse Trader Magazine

2/1/2012 7:22:59 PM

Given to me by a friend.

2/1/2012 7:07:32 PM

was a gift

2/1/2012 5:25:40 PM

A home was needed for her

2/1/2012 5:11:17 PM

Not especially happy with results

2/1/2012 4:46:16 PM

My horse was a rescue I didn't have the heart to rehome. We've been together for six years now ;)

2/1/2012 4:45:25 PM

Purchased him from the lesson program at my riding stable.

2/1/2012 4:10:27 PM

Purchased from a previous seller of another horse

2/1/2012 3:50:57 PM

New Vocations

2/1/2012 3:34:47 PM

lease

2/1/2012 3:27:24 PM

trainers recommendation

2/1/2012 2:32:21 PM

Traded a former racehorse for a pony that rides/drives with a close friend.

2/1/2012 1:30:54 PM

took him in after owner died. he is30.

2/1/2012 12:41:43 PM

bought from breeder

2/1/2012 11:59:07 AM

He is probably my last purchased horse!

2/1/2012 11:03:33 AM

bought a pregnant mare from our friend after 1st buying her foal 2 years ago. Good breeding program

2/1/2012 10:46:32 AM

5 given to me as they could not be cared for.

2/1/2012 10:15:31 AM

Craig's List

2/1/2012 10:00:38 AM

Given to me by the trainer when he was taken off the race track

2/1/2012 9:29:11 AM

Free rescue from a friend.

2/1/2012 9:17:52 AM

Best horse I ever had.

2/1/2012 9:14:58 AM

Was given to me after a failed race career - YEAH!!!

2/1/2012 8:47:11 AM

Purchased my last two from a horse dealer - great finds.

2/1/2012 8:37:51 AM

Took in financial distress case.

2/1/2012 8:26:15 AM

my daughter's riding coach said she wanted to find her the prefect horse and she did,

2/1/2012 8:23:13 AM

Found her on Dreamhorse; had also been checking rescue groups for a suitable horse

2/1/2012 8:12:58 AM

I bought him from a good friend.

2/1/2012 7:54:40 AM

Saw him in the field as I was going by.

2/1/2012 7:47:13 AM

Saw him go in a WP class & fell in love! Took 3 years to buy him, but he's worth it!

2/1/2012 7:40:41 AM

Bought from a friend who had bred her

2/1/2012 4:59:46 AM

Horse was given to me by a friend after mine died on her property.

2/1/2012 3:32:21 AM

bred a foal, and accepted a filly in px

2/1/2012 2:55:36 AM

I used the internet to look for a farm/ranch that sold the breed of horse I was looking for.

2/1/2012 1:30:39 AM

Last acquired was home bred, last one purchased was from an associate. Others online.

2/1/2012 1:15:47 AM

Had several other horses from this breeder and it was a dispersal sale

2/1/2012 12:50:50 AM

Bought her from her breeder.

2/1/2012 12:42:59 AM

He was given to me

2/1/2012 12:23:26 AM

Started online, then phone and video. Breeder delivered him. GREAT horse.

1/31/2012 11:42:29 PM

I bought off the race track

1/31/2012 10:39:28 PM

Adopted before horse could be placed in a retirement facility

1/31/2012 10:20:24 PM

flea market from a horse trader

1/31/2012 9:50:13 PM

He was a surprise baby of my boarder's horse

1/31/2012 9:44:32 PM

He belonged to a friend. They didn't click.

1/31/2012 9:43:58 PM

Craigslist

1/31/2012 9:33:04 PM

Purchased from a friend as he decided he didn't want a gaited horse-LOVE him!

1/31/2012 9:02:22 PM

He was my mares first foal and the breeder couldn't afford to keep him any longer so I took him.

1/31/2012 8:55:10 PM

Her mother was owned by a neighbor. When the mare died, I bought this foal (at 8 weeks of age.)

1/31/2012 8:36:45 PM

purchased from student

1/31/2012 8:14:56 PM

She was not sold at the primary auction and I bought her from the feed lot on the last day.

1/31/2012 7:58:47 PM

The buyer found me!

1/31/2012 7:56:40 PM

Found her on dreamhors

1/31/2012 7:54:22 PM

An exercise rider at the track linked her owner and I up.

1/31/2012 7:38:40 PM

bought a donkey from a friend.

1/31/2012 7:26:26 PM

Stopped by to look at colts and liked one

1/31/2012 7:06:06 PM

Little black mini mare, nobody else bid on her. She's adorable!

1/31/2012 7:01:27 PM

She was a gift

1/31/2012 7:00:38 PM

adopted off race track

1/31/2012 6:58:08 PM

purchased from breeder

1/31/2012 6:42:54 PM

Given to us by an aging family member.

1/31/2012 6:42:36 PM

went to look at another horse and fell in love with her!

1/31/2012 6:41:48 PM

at a sale for Fox Trotters

1/31/2012 6:35:43 PM

9mths & abandoned on town sq.Now legally own her.She has a forever home.Will do C.Anderson training

1/31/2012 6:35:14 PM

I leased him and then bought him

1/31/2012 6:28:02 PM

He came into the training stable were I was working and I fell in love with him.

1/31/2012 6:23:55 PM

It was an uninspiring add, but the horse has turned out great.

1/31/2012 6:05:14 PM

Inheritance ,unfortunately .

1/31/2012 5:50:06 PM

My last 2 aquisitions were ver skinny rescues. One I bought and the other was given to me.

1/31/2012 5:36:28 PM

Contacted by state highway patrol to pick up estary or else they would put it down on the spot

1/31/2012 5:33:54 PM

I got him on the Internet (got my cat, dog, and ...husband there too!

1/31/2012 5:27:54 PM

Word of mouth at a breed society get together

1/31/2012 5:25:26 PM

Our vet knew we were looking and told us about several available, glad she did.

1/31/2012 5:14:43 PM

used agent in Europe

1/31/2012 5:11:19 PM

purchased from trainer

1/31/2012 4:55:23 PM

Dream Horse Ad

1/31/2012 4:51:31 PM

Purchased from a breeder that I had bought my previous horse from.

1/31/2012 4:43:18 PM

Bought him from a friend

1/31/2012 4:26:55 PM

Craigs List, HYPP/N gelding, special needs yes, but perfect husband horse!

1/31/2012 4:13:24 PM

I went to the stud and bought him there.

1/31/2012 4:04:38 PM

Was not really looking for another horse, but stumbled upon him while window shopping

1/31/2012 4:03:01 PM

Followed by an evaluation by my trainer to verify suitability for my riding level

1/31/2012 4:02:48 PM

he was free and worked out great

1/31/2012 4:02:08 PM

Purchased him from his trainer at the racetrack after his last start

1/31/2012 3:59:32 PM

Haven't purchased one in over 15 years. We ride and show what we breed.

1/31/2012 3:57:39 PM

My car broke down in front of his barn and knew I had to get him out of there.

1/31/2012 3:56:33 PM

He was a demo horse for a colt start

1/31/2012 3:46:05 PM

My trainer found him through someone who had bought him through CANTER! Fabulous find!

1/31/2012 3:41:57 PM

Purchased from my alma mater Texas A&M University breeding program.

1/31/2012 3:38:01 PM

unwanted retired broodmare given to me by a trainer

1/31/2012 3:32:36 PM

Adopted a foal with DOD from breeder

1/31/2012 3:30:43 PM

In the day he was quite the hunt horse and well worth the $$$ spent.

1/31/2012 3:19:45 PM

I got my gelding at auctiopn and he just won a Junior Championship last weekend!

1/31/2012 3:18:51 PM

At the racetrack, too slow!

1/31/2012 3:02:36 PM

Injured 3 yr old,from a breeding cutting horse barn

1/31/2012 2:59:40 PM

Gift - Don't give horses as presents!

1/31/2012 2:39:51 PM

Purchased from friend; horse was already doing the work I wanted to do

1/31/2012 1:55:01 PM

from friend

1/31/2012 1:25:49 PM

Traded him for another horse of mine

1/31/2012 12:37:20 PM

Freebie offered because owner could not handle

1/31/2012 11:21:31 AM

Adopted from stable - she was going to be put down

1/31/2012 11:01:38 AM

Given to me be employer

1/31/2012 10:55:06 AM

purchased off the track from trainer/owner

1/31/2012 10:54:40 AM

Got a call from the breeder that was selling off their herd.

1/31/2012 10:46:26 AM

I rescued him from a shady situation. One of the best choices I've every made.

1/31/2012 8:55:48 AM

Found him on the HORSE.com horse adoption one of the best horses I have ever owned

1/31/2012 8:41:54 AM