Top of the Class, Articles

Show Horse Gallery
Show Horse Gallery
Show Horse Gallery
Show Horse Gallery
Show Horse Gallery
Articles Directory
This Week
Random Show Horse
Finding Free or Cheap Horses on Craigslist

Finding Free or Cheap Horses on Craigslist

Tag Cloud
Tag Cloud
Support our Advertisers
Win a Free Halter
Go Fresh Charry
Win a free Halter Skyscraper

Oh My God Craigslist! or How Not to Be a Backyard Breeder



leave a comment


Jul 2012


Author: Katie


Oh Craiglist, why you gotta do me like that? I'm just hunting around looking for a possible project horse and what do you give me instead? Trainwrecks. Poor, pathetic miniature horse trainwrecks!

The goal of any horse breeder should be to produce quality horses that will meet the needs of some potential buyer. The goal of a breeder shouldn't be to just breed willy-nilly without concern for quality or without concern for whether there are buyers. A breeding business is doomed to fail if you can't find buyer who would be willing to actually trade cold, hard cash for your sale stock. You would hope this simple business goal, to breed horses that someone will want to buy, would be common sense. Sadly taking a look over any random city's Craiglist Farm & Garden classifieds will quickly prove what many of us already know to be true; common sense ain't that common.

Why in the world anyone would breed any animal with poor conformation that hasn't proven its worth in some discipline and yet still expect to sell the results is a mystery to me.

Take for example these miniature horses I found listed for sale on my local Craiglist. Each one looks like it was put together by committee. Weak backends, wobbly legs, ewe necks, giant out of proportion heads, and roach backs are just some of the conformation flaws found in this herd. Of course, each and every male for sale is intact despite not one of them having anything to recommend them for reproducing. I almost feel bad pointing this out because, while I don't know the seller, my guess is that she or he probably loves his horses. But love is no excuse for bad breeding. Love is no excuse for providing sub-par care.

The poster's lack of knowledge about equine care is easily gleaned from each of their posts. It's like playing the easiest eye spy game of all times. She or he refers to their herdsire as a "Buck" a term typically used for Goats or Deer. Each post mentions that minis are prefect horses for beginners because they are gentle and don't require any experience to enjoy. While minis are small (duh) that doesn't mean they don't have the same husbandry requirements as their fullsize brethren. They still need farrier care. They still need a managed diet. You need to know the basics of horse ownership to own any horse, even a mini.

The seller is selling off their youngstock to "reduce numbers". As they are offering "multi-horse purchase discounts" and many of the horses look thin I can only guess that they are becoming overwhelmed by how many horses they have. The property that I can see peaking out from behind the minis seems dirty and full of manure. The fencing looks in poor condition. Call me crazy but I don't think chain length fence is an acceptable horse fencing. Horses are so incredibly accident prone why give them a fencing option that they can get their legs stuck in? It's just asking for trouble.

Priced at $400-$600 this seller is smoking crack. There's no way in hell you could pay me $600 to take these minis. If I had the means and the time I might be convinced to rescue them and provide them with good (and sterilized) living.

Why does this happen? Why does anybody think breeding such low quality specimens is a good idea? I can only assume they don't think they just act.

Animal Husbandry is like any business. You're trying to sell a widget to a willing and eager customer at (hopefully) a profit.

All animal breeding should be the result of careful consideration done only by those who have the financial means to manage the costs incurred by the breeding operation. The breeding stock should only be comprised by individuals who have proved their merits either in the showring and/or by the correctness of their conformation. The numbers produced by the breeding operation should only be large enough to meet the estimated need in the marketplace for the type of horse you're producing. With few exceptions, if your horse or the resulting offspring are not eligible for registration by a reputable breed registry they do not need to reproduce! (The Cremello Half-Friesaloosa Registry of New Zealand is not a reputable registry in case you were wondering.)

Of course the people who might nod in agreement to this article are the people who aren't going to indiscriminately breed trainwreck to trainwreck, put zero training into the babies and wonder why the foals don't sell. Those who need to cease and desist in their breeding endeavors are too obtuse to be reached.

I don't know what the solution is. All I can say is it makes me sad to see these poor animals even exist. It makes me sad to see them underweight in manure filled pastures. It makes me sad to know that if you buy them to give them good homes it only encourages the bad breeders to continue their operations. It just makes me sad.

Show Horse Gallery - Oh My God Craigslist! or How Not to Be a Backyard Breeder Show Horse Gallery - Oh My God Craigslist! or How Not to Be a Backyard Breeder Show Horse Gallery - Oh My God Craigslist! or How Not to Be a Backyard Breeder

Photo Credits:

Leave a Comment



(not displayed)



Answer the question below in the empty field provided to prove you are not a spammer.

Which is generally taller a horse of a pony?

*Required field



Mark jonson

2015 03 13

Horse look very great and active too. I love horse riding and mostly like to trained baby horse for game of polo.




2016 05 06

Thanks for this great information. That’s a awesome article you posted.
I found the post very useful as well as interesting.




2019 03 03

The mission for quality, therapeutic quality, testosterone boosting male upgrade pill is finished. Since we’ve found RisaGen Male Enhancement.



SEO Service by Professionals USA

2019 07 10

The relationship between parents and relatives of a relative is different from the relationship between parents and child Xunz. A female horse or a mare and a male curtain or jacket will create a crust. If a girl, also known as jenny or jenny, and horses or men, the result is terrible.
Visit Here:



Abeer Hayat

2019 11 07

Hours is a very good animal and i like this animal and I love horse riding. This article is very informative.



2020 01 08

I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.



2020 01 08

office setup is the best software which is widely used in globe .It is a powerful service that helps you unleash your best ideas , get things done, and stay connected.
Regards - - -




2020 05 01

Sucn an interesting article! I will use your advices for my essay for my site -



2020 06 05

Really very happy to say, your post is very interesting to read. I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job.Keep it up




2020 06 05

Really very happy to say, your post is very interesting to read. I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job.Keep it up



2020 06 07

I’m extremely pleased to uncover this website. I need to thank you one time, just for this wonderful read.



2020 06 09

I am really very happy to visit your blog. Now I am found which I actually want. Thanks a lot for sharing a piece of wonderful information which I am looking for a longer period of time.



paul troy

2020 06 09

Thank you for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and Thanks a lot for sharing a piece of wonderful information which I am looking for a longer period of time.



2020 06 13

I appreciate your blog and thanks for the informative share. If you are looking       for  the best antivirus software and support so you should try one of them           which may help you a lot. Click below :-



2020 06 16

For people with a need for Productivity, That is every day and the general public. The office is one of the best tools to work with. This is easy and yet the most powerful productivity tool that can turn your productivity problems to dust within no time. Many offices and businesses are regular customers for the Microsoft Office Productivity tool. Buy your Office from Official



2020 06 16
Norton Security Standard can protect only one system. Norton Security Deluxe can be used for up to 5 systems, and Norton Security Premium can protect up to 10 systems. To know more about them and their comparison you can visit the official site of Norton.




2020 06 19

Have you already read this Hemp Bombs sleep gummies review? If you have insomnia, such gummies can be quite efficient to take. They can help.



Jerine Farrell

2020 07 07

Are you as enthusiastic about fall and winter trends as were? Because if that is the case then you better start working on your obsession of warm and cozy trench coats now! The Movie Fashion gives a phenomenal range of top layers for everyone who loves to flaunt their style!



Noeh Chance Kim

2020 07 09

Such a beautiful creatures. I hope someday my family got one of those. Visit my website for these kind of topics



New Launched Residential project

2020 07 11

Raymond TenX Habitat - New luxurious Residential Project by Raymond Realty in Pokhran Road, Thane, Mumbai.Offer 2 BHK Premium Homes with world-class amenities, Get latest details like – E-brochure, price list, images, floor plan, construction status, location map, and many

Visit here to know more details:



Shiv Kumar

2020 08 01

Thank you for your post, its very helpful easy to understand. Thanks once again for sure sharing valuable information to us.

Office Setup Login

MS Office Download

Install Office

Reinstall Office 365

Office 365 Download



Hulu Login

2020 08 13

Entertainment can be more fun with Hulu as here you get access to a world full of your favorite TV shows. Here will get the opportunity to enjoy the latest content that you can stream in any of your devices supporting the app. Get your free trial and access to your device in the



Jennifer Schroeter

2020 08 14

Get 100% Anonymous offshore hosting from WebCare360™ who standout amongst the most experienced dmca ignored hosting providers in the industry.





bet on sports

2020 08 14

Very soon this site will be famous among all blogging and site-building viewers, due to it’s pleasant posts



click here

2020 08 15

Sweet blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.
Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?

I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
Many thanks




2020 08 21

Hallo, teman-teman semua nya kami dari agen indowins ingin menawarkan berbagai jenis permainan dan bonus. whatshapp : +85587536868



2020 09 04

McAfee is one of the best security tools for any of your devices. This is not just a regular tool that removes small viruses and reports bugs. But this is one whole full security provision for your Device.McAfee Antivirus lists the IP addresses connected with the threat, which allows tech-savvy users to avoid websites connected to those addresses.




2020 09 08

So, guys, that concludes this week’s episode of Real vs Fake! We hope that you enjoyed this comparison and learned the differences between real and fake Yeezy 380s. Of course, we want to make sure that your fake education is up to scratch. If you are looking to get a pair of Mist Yeezy 380s, then at least be




2020 09 08

Yeezy Boost 380 “Mist” dropped earlier this year, it sold out almost immediately. Retailing for €230, the sneaker wasn’t the cheapest Yeezy release. Although it doesn’t have a high resell value on the secondary market, the “Mist” can still fetch nearly €300 in certain sizes. With that in mind, you need to think about the price.

Most fake sneakers tend to


31 webroot with keycode

2020 09 19 : Install & Activate Your setup in your device pc,mac,laptop by entering 15 digit Webroot Activation Code at
      webroot safe

Half off horse tack
Win a Free Halter
Win a Halter Square
Go Fresh Square
win a 100  dollar giftcard to Dover Saddlery