Best of Craigslist: ‘SMH’ Edition

Sometimes, all you can do is shake your head and walk away. Other times, shake your head and then run out and buy some of these horses. Either option goes.

Another week, another round-up of the Best of Craigslist. Bad spelling, creative photography and plenty of “shaking my head” moments await you. We hope you’ve had your coffee this morning.

We’ll kick things off with this young horse sent in by Christina: we know next to nothing about the horse itself, but we do know it comes with a purple halter.

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Hello I have a beautiful young philly she is 19 months. She is friendly, halter broken and can lead. She is a little skittish wth the fly spray but other than that does great. She has a purple halter and lead. A grooming brush,two salt blocks and the mosquito spray. If you would like more info on her don’t hesitate to give me a call or txt with questions thanks.


Apart from the other odd spellings and inspiring choice of photograph, this ad from Lynn begs an important question: “Is it fifty thousand dollars or five hundred o’clock?”

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Just as an aside, Craigslist allows you list as many ads as you like, all for free… just saying. From Jenna:

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This saddle ad is pretty bad in and of itself… but once you start to play “I Spy” with the rest of the photo, you too may laugh to see what’s being used as a saddle stand, as pointed out by Susan:

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This ad comes with a disclaimer before you start thinking the horse might be aged… from Kimmy:

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There’s a lot of things we could say about this next ad, but we’re just going to leave it here and let it speak for itself. From Gabrielle:

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2 year old first time in saddle dun good we just don’t need him he is a guiding need more time than i have for him


No, really, the photo does show the stud pony. From Jaye:

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Offering a miniature stud colt pony. Approximately 6 months old. Dark with white socks. First 100$ takes it. He is at the back, can send better e mail pics if interested


Speaking of ads where the photo doesn’t quite match the text, Emma points out, “So easy to catch, here are pictures of him running away with lead still attached!”

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Levi has a huge personality, loves attention easy to catch, stands for farrier. He is green broke need someone who can ride him on a regular basis. I think he might turn gray. The inside of his tail is gray and he has thousands of grey hairs throughout his body. He is 15.1 hands and 4 years old. you will
fall in love with him. He
definitely will be a $3,500
horse with hours put on him I
hate to see him go. I can except credit card for full or partial payment.


But it gets weirder… from Kimmy:

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…and weirder, also from Kimmy:

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This wanted ad definitely gives us a great idea of what the buyer is looking for. From Kaity: “I don’t think they could be any more vague!”

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From Kimmy:

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She has a very explosive attitude. Should you be an experienced rider looking for a somewhat challenging proposition, she is the horse for you. She is a large (15.2ish hands) Palomino Paint with the attitude of both! She doesn’t care for trailers or training. She prefers to be sat on and not moved. She has been known to be stubborn and quite abstinent mixed with a bit of an explosive temper tantrum every now and again. She loves to flex her neck and refuse to push forward and as for backing, if you like rearing in the air; you got it. She does have some wonderful traits; she is a lover and a snuggler and quite polite when being led. She stands for the farrier and doesn’t mind being groomed and beautified in the least. She plays well with others of her species and humans on the ground. The reason for us selling her, she would be a great jumper since keeping her in our split fence round pen during training only encourages her to jump over the fence and go graze in the backyard. Experienced riders only call, no meat grinders or horse flippers. She would do great with someone with the expertise she needs to become an amazing lady. Serious inquires only. Call or text 8 one 2 five seven seven 77 nine zero

Craigslist had a special this month on rearing young horses, as evidenced by this ad from Jenny:

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3 yr old Rare Chincoteague Pony. Blood line out of Misty’s Flash Flood. She is from the line of “Misty” the Disney Movie. Registration paper’s are filled out with all information to registrar her, just have never sent them in. She’s about 11 hands high. Halter broke & lead line broke. Not broke to ride yet. Foaled date May 26, 2012, her name is Claire. Coggins test negative done on 6-24-2015. Up to date on all her shots.

Please research Chincoteague Ponies. They are rare. The following stats are from the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce reference the sale of the Chincoteague ponies each year.
Price history for ponies:
2015 – 61 ponies sold (including 12 buybacks), average cost $2,780.00 (Record), high bid $25,000 (Record), low bid $500, total sales $169,519

2014 – 54 ponies sold, average cost $2,772.23, high bid $21,000, low bid $750, total sales $149,700

2013 – 54 ponies sold, average cost $2,161.58, high bid $12,000, low bid $650, total sales $116,725

2012 – 67 ponies sold, average cost $1,442.16, high bid $7,200, low bid $400, total sales $96,625

She is full of energy and young, with great possibilities , she has not finished filling out or growing. She does have a bad habit of nibbling so that needs to be broke but I have not noticed any other issues. Needs someone who has the time to spend quality time with her . As a 3 yrs old she is full of potential with good handling. Or she would make an wonderful companion horse. Hoping for a good sweet home for this pretty girl. Have added a picture of her backside standing next to a 15 hands high horse to give you a better idea of her size & height. Also have her blood line in picture, all the info needed if you desire to register her. Cash only please. We do not have a trailer so she will need to be picked up. Thanks.


… and this ad from Kimmy. To be fair, this seller explains the rearing photo… but why include it in the first place??

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$300.00 ….Rocky Mountain 4 month old filly on grass and grain she will make a good 15 hh horse I have been working with her to build her confidence she is fine once caught and petted all over I have crawled front to back and back to front between her legs hasn’t kicked yet she’s jumpy til caught ive been picking all of her legs up grabbing at her tail just trying to go all around her to get her use to me I can back up to her behind push on it with no worries of getting kicked yet still needs more time on her and just petted to death which is what I do for hours every day have been for about a week and half now shes turned out on pasture everyday and brought in twice a day to the barn for grain and working i’d like her to have a good home with other babies and someone that can give her the time and attention she needs
bathed her today…tied her. …and lead her… she done well and handled her all around shes doing really going and ill continue workin with her daily until sold the last pic was her first reaction to the sprayer soon as it hit her but once she saw what it was … just a bath lol she got used to it♥


And our last “shaking my head” ad comes from Becca:

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We have for sale a 14 year old unregistered Tennessee Walking Horse gelding . Otis is a nice black gelding that stands around 15 hands tall barefoot. This is one of those hard to find been there and done that kind of horses. Otis is absolutely safe for any level of rider no matter their experience or age . He is a extra broke horse that has been trail rode his entire life and will go any and everywhere that he is pointed. Otis has a smooth gait that you would enjoy to ride . He is the type of horse that we all need because anyone in the family or any of your friends that come over can ride him. Stack as many kids as you want to on his back and just turn them loose and they can have tons of fun.
*Due to Craigslist not allowing anyone’s video’s to be accessed, here is how you can get to our videos…go to and you will find all of our videos. Look for the video of “Otis”

We’ll close this week’s “Best of Craigslist” with a reminder of why we continue this series: we love giggling at a bad ad as much as the next horse lover, but the reality is that this column can also be used to unite horses in need of good homes with the caring, loving potential owners who can provide one. We’ve featured some “Best of Craigslist” success stories in the past, and we’d love to do it again. This ad comes from Jenna, who stated that “this ad is more sad than funny.”

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Twh/qtr horse gelding he’s around 17 18 if not older not exactly sure on age can’t afford to keep him he needs weight put on him he is broke he came from a kids camp he would need some work to get him back into riding he must go to a home with alot of grass


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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