Reasons To Buy A Mom’s Horse

by Michelle on February 7, 2018

LailaOakThere are all kinds of trainers out there. Guys and gals of all ages, training and selling horses. Many times, it’s not trainers that are selling horses, but just the average horse owner looking for a change. No matter whether she’s a mom trainer or a mom horse owner, there are plenty of perks to buying from a MOM.

Being a mom of two young kids myself, I know the horses I’m riding now are far different than those I rode pre-kids. A mom will make sure she’s riding horses that can handle short and sweet rides. They are used to a quick warm up and cool down, they know if they do everything right, momma’s gonna put them away real quick.charliekids

They can handle stopping in the middle of a circle and having their rider yell “what do you want now?” They don’t take the yelling personally, it’s normal and they know it has nothing to do with them. You can bet he stands tied well as mom probably had to abandon him at some point to deal with a meltdown or injury of some sort while she was trying to ride.

If a mom’s horse is sound, you know it’s not because she spent all day icing his legs or doing some other kind of therapy. Rarely do moms have extra time to bring a lame horse back to soundness or to limp one along. These horses get more of a turn out healing program with fingers crossed they’ll be good to go after soccer season.

You can’t buy the kind of exposure moms horses get.  It just not everywhere that little elf sized people rollerblade in the barn alley or run by with balloons. Not every arena or barn ally has Tonka toys sprawled throughout the sand to circle around our weave through. Where else can you get a horse stroller broke or broke to umbrellas opening and closing repeatedly while walking Lailabouncybeside them? At one point we even had a bouncy castle set up in our indoor arena. And ponies, you don’t have to worry about these mom horses freaking out at ponies when you’re out. They’ve already done that at home and are used to the little guys. You can’t pay for that kind of exposure.

If a mom’s horse dubs as a horse the kids can ride (even while being led) you know he’s a trustworthy fella. A mom would never throw their pride and joy on to something that she didn’t trust. If the kids can lead him and brush him, you know you’ve found a kind soul.

Buying a mom’s horse you’re sure to get something low maintenance, drama free, that’s been exposed to things you’ve never thought of. From swing sets to wild animal calls to sticky things and shiny things. You can ask her why she’s selling but we can only hope it’s so she can bring the next “kid exposed” prospect up because the world needs more mom horses.

No offense Dads.  I know you can make “Dad” horses too.

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Marketing Your Horse For Sale Online

by Michelle on January 29, 2018

In the posts previous to this one I wrote about writing your ad, taking pictures that sell and taking video to support all this. Now I’d like to talk about how and where to market your horses for sale.

Gone are the days of placing your horse for sale in the local or rodeo newspaper and waiting for the phone to ring once it was published. Now we’re able to post our ads in many different places and have it published instantly into an online classifieds system. Technology has allowed this, but it’s also amped up the expectations and demands of prospective buyers. We can now sell horses to people we’ve never heard of thousands of miles away. All the more reason to properly present your horses for sale as many people these days won’t drive a half hour without seeing a picture or asking for a video.


When marketing, think big. Remember there are thousands of other horse owners you’ve never met. Sure, you may sell your horse to someone you know, but don’t limit yourself to just that network.

Facebook, for example, has been a great place to sell because you can post your horse for all your friends to see. It takes the traditional word of mouth to a new fast-paced level. There are also groups you can post to but Facebook is making it harder to post live animals because it’s actually against their rules (to post live animals for sale). That’s why we see papers for sale and live lawn mowers for sale. It really takes the professionalism out of it when screen captures are being used and ads are very vague. It also makes it a lot harder for you, the seller when your ad isn’t approved and you spend your evening getting creative, all the while losing the presentation you worked hard to put together.

What I suggest as a fellow seller is to post your ad on a website that specializes in promoting the type of horse you are selling. It may cost you some money, but it won’t cost you your entire evening trying to figure out how to get your ad approved. A site like Rodeoclassifieds specializes in connecting serious sellers with serious buyers. There are other great sites out there too, where you get what you pay for.

Once you have your ad on an established site like this, you can then take your link and post it to your profile on Facebook for sharing or to a group. This sets you apart from other sellers in that you have a professional presentation of your horse and you can post it here and there without having it removed.

You may have noticed that when your friends share their ads with different groups you will get a notice for each one. What I recommend is that that you share with each group at a different time of day. That way you spread the notices out and you’re more likely to have someone open them. You may have also noticed that it’s rare that you would get a notice from someone that’s not your friend posting to the group. This is an example of how it’s not a great way to market to people outside your already established network from your personal page. It would take someone going through all the tack and clothing ads to find your horse for sale ad if they weren’t already your friend.

I don’t want to come off like I’m knocking Facebook as a way to sell horses. It’s an important part of your marketing and networking plan no doubt. What I recommend is that you use it in conjunction with a site that establishes you as a professional, serious seller. You’ve gone to the work of getting great pictures and writing a nice ad, now put it together in a premade template like we have here at  We also share our ads on Facebook so that we can reach even more people on your behalf. It’s teamwork between you and the site you chose to help your horse find a great new home.

It’s no different with saddles and trailers. Spread the word to as many places as you can, reaching outside our your friends’ network. There are hundreds of thousands of horse people out there.

If you run a business page for your horse program, remember that not everyone that likes your page is going to see the ads you post. Facebook wants you to pay for advertising if you own a business. It may be a good idea to boost your post to the people that already like your page to increase your reach. You can also do more advanced boosts, but that’s for another post. This isn’t an option if you’re just on your own personal profile.

Selling online has opened a whole new world and opportunity to reach people both near and far. Rodeoclassifieds has been online since 2000 and continues to connect serious sellers and buyers every day. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series and if you need more info on writing your ad, taking great pictures or videos, be sure to click through and check out the respective articles.

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It’s Official! CFR45 in Red Deer, AB

January 16, 2018

History was made tonight in Red Deer, AB as the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce, the Westerner Park and the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association announced the 45th edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo will run in Red Deer. They have indicated it will be there for at least 10 years. It will be a 6-day […]

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Red Deer Said To Be The Home of CFR45

January 12, 2018

Speculation is high as broke the announcement that  “The Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce and Westerner Park have scheduled a “major announcement” for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Enmax Centrium.” *Congratulations the city of Red Deer, the Westerner Park and the CPRA on their new venture in Red Deer, AB. It’s […]

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Using Video To Sell Your Horse

January 12, 2018

In the first installment of the How To Sell Your Horse For Top Dollar, I wrote about how to write an ad that sells. In the second blog post I talked about how to take pictures that sell. In this post, I want to talk about using video to help sell your horse. Your sales […]

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How to take pictures of your horse that sell

January 1, 2018

This is the second post in the series on How To Sell Your Hore For Top Dollar, and quite possibly the most important piece of the process.   The first post was on writing the ad. It’s really true that a picture is worth a 1000 words. A good picture might even earn you an extra […]

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How To Sell Your Horse For Top Dollar

December 27, 2017

There’s a lot to getting top dollar for your horse so this will be a multi-part series on the topic. I will talk about writing an ad, preparing your horse for sale, taking good pictures, pricing your horse, shooting videos, placing ads and marketing your horse for sale. I want to be clear that “top […]

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2017 WNFR Wrap up

December 17, 2017

It’s day 11 after 10 days of WNFR.   It’s a bit depressing to think we won’t have a rodeo to watch or follow tonight.  It’s like the day after your wedding after all the build up.   I suspect there may still be a few world champions riding the high of their success and excitement into the […]

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Questions To Ask When Buying A Performance Horse

February 14, 2017

When buying a high-performance horse, there are questions you might ask that you wouldn’t if you were buying a trail horse or even a prospect. Asking open-ended questions (those questions that need more than a yes or no answer) will potentially give you answers to questions you hadn’t thought of or asked yet. Here are […]

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It’s A Buyers Market

February 3, 2016
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It’s a buyers market for American’s looking to buy Canadian Horses and Stallion Services.  With the Canadian dollar at record lows, this increases the purchasing power of the US dollar.   If you aren’t already looking for a deal, now’s the time to start.   Canada is home to many great breeding programs, stallions and […]

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