Best of Craigslist: ‘Gentle Kids Horse, Children’s, Experienced Trail Mare’

This horse looks like it’s ready to just give up.

From Laurie R., who sounds more concerned about the children than the horse: “Those poor little urchins!”

Gentle Kids Horse, Children’s, Experienced Trail Mare

Shoshanna is 10 years old, 14.3 hands, chestnut, She has had lots of riding time. She lays down, neck reins, backs, bathes, loads, pickets, ties, is used to dogs and traffic, has been shod lots, ridden beside and in the river and highway. She likes the water. She can be ridden with a bit or hackamore, saddle or bareback. I rode her and she seemed very willing, slow and calm, I stood on her back and crawled under her belly and she was perfectly calm about it





Lindsay S. sent in this one with the note, “Here is the next futurity winner for Devon, surely these people are breeding geniuses;) Gotta love that… unique conformation!”

Percheron draft ponies – $775 (Manning)

Percheron draft ponies reg. 1 yr old filly & stud. 13 hands should mature to 15 hands. Dapple gray. Would be great for crossing for hunter jumper or dressage. Very drafty. $775 each or $1350 for pair



I wonder what the backstory behind this one is — bet we can guess. From Natalie:

My Engagement Ring Saddle

This saddle was my engagement ring and it says so on the back. It is a custom made western Saddle. Designed after a Silver Royle saddle I saw long ago and a Hereford saddle that I rode in when I met my husband. It has full Qt horse bars. Has double riggin for roping.Horn would have to be wrapped for roping. Has been on a horse 3 times for maybe a total of 1 hour of ride time.




And our Most Terrifying Deathtrap Trailer of the Week Award goes to… this one, sent in from Mariah F. Her assessment might be the understatement of the century, “Huh, doesn’t look like it’s in that great of shape.”

2 Horse Straight Load (in great shape) – $1350 (Hugo)

Two Horse straight load Horse trailer clean title …The lights all work hook up to a 2in” ball…Trailer Tows very good and the floor is in good condition. For sale For $1350





At the other end of the spectrum, here’s one of the most honest ads I’ve ever seen — and the owner seems to genuinely care. But bratty ponies always make me giggle. From Mary A.:

Horse trainer needed or will lease to perfect home

I have an extremely bratty pony, he is about 14 hands, age unknown, but probably late teens. I bought him through an online auction 2 years ago, unsure of his breed but probably has Arabian in him, he has an extra gate that is the smoothest thing I have ever had the pleasure of sitting. He is decent for grooming. No kick or bite. I want to trail ride him and he was usable when I got him, a little spooky, but I could even take him in the pond. But after 2 years of minimal use, he is nuts when I want to take him off property. I am crazy busy all the time and I want to just be able to ride him.

I am looking for someone experienced to work with him in a gentle way. I use a bitless bridle on him. He did go english and western, but who knows now what he will do. He needs consistent work, I don’t have a place to work him in the winter, so I am starting with walking with him just to get him used to being off property again. He seems to be mixed with the urge to run like crazy away, and go home simultaneously. I don’t have thousands of dollars to send him somewhere to be restarted. If you are looking for a project horse, he is your boy. He was rescued from slaughter and I want to give him a good life.

Wow. Readers, if you run across an “interesting” ad in your Internet wanderings, send it our way! Email the link to [email protected]. Who knows–maybe you’ll help connect a horse with a safe, loving home. Go Riding.





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