Best of Craigslist: Marketing At Its Finest, Parenting At Its Worst

This Belgian is so gentle, even a 2-year-old child with no saddle, bridle or helmet can ride it!

Many thanks to reader Aimee for sending this one our way:

belgian draft horse – $1800 (gouverneur)

Belgian draft horse, can ride or drive, excellent temperament. Amish trained her to drive. Shes 11 yrs old and about 16 hh. My two year old rides her, plays with her feet, walks under her belly. This girl has a special place in her heart for children. She is in training to fine tune her skills, price goes up as she improves. $1800

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But wait, there’s more! Here’s one for a “second level dressage horse” from JR:

Wonderful trakehner gelding – $2000 (Corrales)

SUPER NICE HORSE . Second level dressage , loves to jump, fairly forward but very sane . This horse has super smooth gaits , loves to go , excellent ground manners and great personality . Excellent on the trail .
What a presence this horse has !
15.2 hands , 15 years old
Sound

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Not buying it. Another one from JR, this time for a jumper prospect that “has been known to buck for fun”:

Work Gelding – Good at jumping – $1200

Buster does best having a job and has great endurance. He is an appendix gelding that loves to work. Give him a colt to pony, or a log to drag and he is content. When he has a colt on a lead he knows to keep the tension and works well under saddle. Great ground manners, also. Excels in local trail competitions and has won some in his earlier days when he was used for that. He goes on four and five hour trail rides and comes back fresh. 

Experienced rider, not a kids horse. He has been known to buck for fun especially in his younger days! He hasn’t been a bronc, so don’t read too much into this, but an experienced rider can read his signals and stop him. 10 yrs old, 14.2 hands sorrel with a blaze. Totally sound and we have always protected his legs. Never run on hard ground, always fed well, etc. Loads, bathes, trims, easy keeper, easy to trim his hooves, not spooky, good at jumping, – but not trained in it. As a yearling, he stood still and jumped a 5′ pipe fences, but will not cross a wire of any kind at any height. Great horse, we have him since he was a year old. Still has lot’s of potential, quick learner and loves to work & learn. 

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This one is from Jenny, who writes, “The must-have winter show circuit fashion trend for Wellington this year: Tailored Sportsman bikinis and half chaps.”

ASB HUNTER/JUMPER – $4500 (Mt. Washington)

HUNTER GELDING 16.2. 
Lovely gelding ready for hunter flat or jumping classes. Atheletic horse with lots of personality and ability.
7 years old chesnut gelding by Starheart Criterian and out of Calloway’s Bravismo mare.
Wonderful horse to ride or show. Capable to showing in open hunter shows or 
ASB classes. We showed him several times last summer, but due to time constraints have not showed him this summer.
Give me a call to make appointment to see Star. “Catch a Falling Star” 
This is a marvelous horse who needs a marvelous rider and make a pair. 
Thanks, Sally

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And… one more from Susan. I love how the seller’s username is “Spankerlover.”

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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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