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Horses for Sale in America

Adoptions | Auctions | Classifieds

Find your forever horse

horse for saleNo matter where you live in the United States, horse purchase options are abundant since one of the largest horse populations in the world resides in America. Here, championship racing Thoroughbreds and equestrian sport horses are bred on gorgeous horse farms throughout the several states.

Retired race horse programs offer adoption programs for race horses that don't make the cut as race horses. These horses are often found suitable for the rigors of a jumping career or even as cutting horses.

Avoid Scams

Anytime business is transacted there is an opportunity for scams. Here is a very thorough discussion of best practices to avoid being the victim of a scam as a horse buyer or horse seller. Most of this advice applies to all horse trading, whether online or in person, and is worth a read. Avoid Scams

Horse Sales at Horse Shows in the United States

Highly attended horse shows draw thousands of sport horses each year from all over the world. Many of these horses are offered for sale with horse sales taking place during or after the horse show.

These horse shows provide the perfect opportunity to view horses in action and to acquire a show horse with your desired training level. Horse show sales.

Sport Horses and Dressage Horses

The Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida features many of the world's top jumping horses and similarly the Global Dressage Festival attracts top level riders and horses. Horse owners and trainers often look to sell some of their horses at these events.

HITS Ocala also attracts many of the countries top hunter / jumpers to its twelve week winter circuit. Many owners bring horses to sell at this show.

The new World Equestrian Center in Ocala promises to bring even more for sale jumping and dressage horses to Florida.

Available Horses by Discipline

Horses may be found with all training levels and disciplines including All-Around, Barrel Racing, Breeding, Bucking Bronc, Calf Roping, Competitive Trail, Cutting, Draft, Dressage, Driving, Equitation. Endurance Riding, English Pleasure, Eventing, Field Trial, Five Gaited, Fox Hunting, Gaited, Halter, Harness, Hunter Hack, Hunter Under Saddle, Jumping, Mounted Shooting, Park, Pleasure Driving, Pole Bending, Polo, Racing, Ranch Work, Reining, Rodeo, Roping, Show, Team Penning, Team Roping, Trail, Western Pleasure, Working Cattle, Working Hunter, and Youth.

Off-The-Track-Thoroughbreds (OTTB)

horses for saleSeveral horse rescue and rehabilitation organizations in Florida offer OTTB horses that are suited for second lives in the show ring or just as general use horses. These horses are available for modest rehoming fees and have been trained as everyday horses, removing unwanted race horse behavior. Those organizations offering these horses are listed in the directory.

Classified Ad Sources for Horses for Sale

Find thousands of horses offered for sale in one of many equestrian classified websites or Facebook pages. Several of the most dependable sites are listed here and you can find anything from pasture companion horses up to highly trained performance horses.

Equine Classifieds

Online classifieds let you see a wide variety of horses with pictures, bios, price, and seller comments. They may be sorted by location, breed, skill, age, and more. It is useful to review all the sites to see which one is best for you and has the best information.

MyHorseForSale.com #1 most trusted equine classifieds online. Trust is an important word in horse trading.

DreamHorse.com has listed over 2 million horses online since 1998.

EquineNow.comOffers horse auctions in addition to classified ads for sale horses.

Equine.comOne of the oldest horse sales sight it has always been dependable in quality listings.

HorseWeb.com is the world's first and oldest internet classifieds of horses for sale, online since 1995.

Horsefinders.com brings you thousands of horses that are for sale under one easy to use website.

MatchnRide offers sport horse sales - Dressage, Hunter, Jumper, and Eventing horses.

Horse Clicks.com Find horses for sale. Browse various breeds such as Quarter horse, Tennessee Walker, Paint, Thoroughbred and more.


Horse Pre-Purchase Exams

When purchasing a horse at almost any level, it pays to have an equine veterinarian do a pre-purchase exam to assure the horse's soundness and suitability. The buyer or an agent should be present at the exam, so any questions and concerns can be addressed in person.

The equine pre-purchase examination is a veterinarian's evaluation of the horse to discover any problems that might affect the horse’s current or future performance and health. Most equine pre-purchase exams include a physical exam where the heart, lungs, eyes, conformation, skin, teeth, legs, and feet are evaluated.

After the initial exam, the horse's gaits are evaluated (in hand, under saddle or both) before flexion tests are performed to identify any areas of soreness. The buyers should obtain a detailed medical history from the seller, including any radiographs, ultrasounds, vaccinations, dentals, lameness, joint injections, illnesses, etc.

If the buyer is comfortable with the findings of the examination up to this point, further diagnostics can be pursued. Radiographs are recommended to check for any boney abnormalities, particularly of any potential problem areas identified during the exam. A full set of radiographs is always recommended and will provide a baseline should any issues arise in the future.

Ultrasound can be performed on any old injuries, or thickened tendons. Additionally, laboratory testing can be performed, most commonly general health screening and toxicology (drug testing for any pain killers, sedatives or other medications). When all lab and x-ray results are complete, the buyer is sent the final report.

Equine veterinarians do not pass or fail a horse in a pre-purchase exam. The purpose of the pre-purchase exam is to provide information to the buyer about the horse's condition, and it is ultimately up to the buyer to decide whether or not to purchase the horse.

Using the information gathered, pre-purchase exams have saved many horse buyers much heartache and financial distress.

Buying from Horse Breeders

Horse breeds available include Miniature Horses, Ponies, Arabians, Morgans, Frisians, Quarter Horses, Warmbloods Gypsy Varner, Lusitano, Thoroughbreds, Connemaras, Paso Finos, Percheron, Paints, Shires, Trakehner, Norwegian Fjord Horses, Oldenburgs, Mustangs, and more.

Kentucky, Texas, New York, and Florida have numerous horse breeders, including both Thoroughbred race horse breeders and sport horse breeders. Included in our list below is a variety of horse sellers offering different breeds and finish levels. The description indicates the type of horses they breed.

Horse Auctions Online

Several race horse auctions are held Florida and Kentucky each year at Ocala Breeders Sales (OBS) and Keeneland in Lexington, KY including seasoned race horses, unraced two year olds, and yearlings. Check out the auction calendar. Both offer online bidding.

Ocala Horse Sale holds period auctions for all types of consignment horses and sale horses can be viewed online and online bidding is available.

Big Sky Horse Auctions and Sales online auctions.

Bloodstock Auction operates similar to 'traditional' auction, by advertising set sale dates, taking listings, and generating an auction catalog upon which registered buyers may bid. The only difference is that our auctions take place online using a ‘Virtual Sales Ring’.

HorseBid.com is America's premier online horse auction, your trusted source for buying top quality horses.

Equineline.com offering registered thoroughbreds and quarter horses at auction.

Internet Horse Auctions specializing in sport horses and thoroughbreds.


Horse Adoption

Find horses available for adoption at these sites that allow you to search by breed, age, location, etc. Be sure to check out the organization that is offering the rescue horses and what kind of care and training they have received. Rescue horses may not have received any training or been taken care of properly and can present additional training and health issues for the new owners.

These rescue operations are always looking for potential horse adopters, but at the same time will want to qualify the adopters. Qualification of an adopter may vary among the rescue organizations but at a very minimum here is an example of the Humane Society questionnaire.

The best place to start is: A Home for Every Horse This site provides a listing of horse rescue operations listed by state and city. The appearance on this list recognizes the organization as being a legitimate rescue organization.

ASPCA Right Horse This site show pictures of horses and some details for horse available for adoption throughout the United States.

EquineNow.com Rescue Horses The majority of adoption horses listed here on non-riding or companion horses.

Equine.com Rescue Horses Horses up for adoption through the A Home for Every Horse program can be listed for free on Equine.com.

Habitat for Horses A horse adopted from Habitat for Horses comes with an honest assessment.

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Retired race horses available for adoption at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. A rehoming fee helps assure the Foundation can continue operations and discourages those looking resell horses.

These horses are evaluated by licensed rescue organizations and are deemed suitable for adoption in terms of health and temperament. Designated horses are available to be rehomed to qualified adopters at a small fee. Rescue organizations depend on donations and volunteers to perform their valuable work.

Horse Breeds for Sale - Draft Horses

American Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Association

Clydesdale Breeders Association of the USA Annual Auction

Horse Classifieds and Horse Breeders