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Horses for Sale in Texas
Texas Equine Classifieds, Horse Adoptions, and Horse Auctions
Find your perfect horse in Texas
No matter where you live in the Southwest United States, horse purchase options are considerable since one of the world's largest horse populations resides in Texas. Texas hosts over one million horses, and the quarter horse is recognized as the official state horse. In Texas, quarter horses are the horse of choice as is western style riding. With numerous very large cattle ranches throughout the state, working horses dominate the sale listings. But there are plenty of sport horses and dressage horses for those English riding equestrians.
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.
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 pre-purchase exam, so any questions and concerns can be addressed in person.
The 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 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.
Veterinarians do not “pass” or “fail” a horse in a pre-purchase exam. Their purpose is to provide information to the buyer about the horse’s condition, and it is up to the buyer to decide whether or not to purchase the horse. Because of information gathered, these exams have saved many horse buyers much heartache and financial distress.
Horse breeds available include Miniature Horses, Pony, Arabian, Morgan, Frisians, Quarter Horse, Warmblood, Gypsy Varner, Lusitano, Thoroughbreds, Connemara, Paso Fino, Percheron, Paint, Shire, Trakehner, Norwegian Fjord Horse, Oldenburg, Mustang, and more.
Texas has numerous horse breeders, including quarter horse breeders, race horse breeders and sport horse breeders.
Online Horse Auctions
Auctions are held strictly online and bidders must be prequalified and obtain a bidder number. Be sure to carefully review the conditions of each auction so you know your obligations and rights as a bidder.
Live Horse Auctions
Horse auctions are held in all parts of Texas on a regular basis including the Elkhart Horse Auctions, Best of Texas Premier Horse Sale, and Bowie Auction Horses at the Bowie Livestock Auction House . These auctions provide an opportunity to acquire horses at a reasonable price while being able to view many horses at one time.
Horse Adoption in Texas
Off-The-Track-Thoroughbreds (OTTB) Adoptions
Several horse rescue and rehabilitation organizations in Texas offer OTTB horses that are suited for second lives in the show ring or just as general use horses. These horses are available for adoption with a modest rehoming fees.
The Remember Me Retired Racehorse Program was formed by racehorse trainers and volunteers to assist retired and injured racehorses after their careers at the track are over. We accept, rehabilitate, and retrain ex-racehorses with the hopes of finding them new homes with responsible owners.
LOPE helps at-risk racehorses find second careers, while inspiring young people through horsemanship education.
Texas horses are available for adoption at one of many Texas equine rescue organizations. 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.
Texas Equine Rescue Organizations Offering Horse Adoptions
The Pegasus Project, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming of neglected, abandoned or abused horses in East Texas.
Our mission is to restore the dignity, purpose, and wholeness of unwanted horses who need a second chance in life and humans who need healing and direction by providing compassionate care, connection, and education.
Our highly-trained and dedicated Barn Team spends months rehabilitating horses medically and nutritionally and we train once-neglected and abused animals so they will have the best and brightest futures possible as we work to help them become safe, loving companions.
The best way to Champion a rescued horse is to adopt one! There are about 200 horses to choose from. There are companion horses who love to pal around with other pasture buddies, and horses that are ready to ride or need just a refresher.
Some people wonder why they should adopt a horse from a rescue. Some believe that rescue horses are used up or untrainable. Others think rescue horses aren’t ridable. And some horse enthusiasts worry that the rescue will want to control how they ride and use their horses. Nothing could be further from the truth about adoption from Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society (BEHS).
Classified Ads for Horses for Sale in Texas
Find thousands of horses offered for sale in one of Texas's many classified websites or Facebook pages. Several of the most dependable classified sites are listed here and provide a good place to start your research. You will get a good feel about what is available and at what price.
Dream Horse is a well-organized horse sales website with listings and photos for breeds of horses in all price ranges. Breeds include Paints, quarter horses, Morgans, Mustangs, Warmbloods, Arabs, thoroughbreds, Gypsys, and more.
EquineNow listing of horses for sale in Texas. Search by breed, discipline, price, and location. The site also lists horses available for adoption.
Over 10,000 listings of horses and ponies for sale including descriptions, pictures, videos, and owner contact information.
Established in 1995, these classified ads are well proven for reliability and accuracy.
Horse clicks classified listing of horses for sale in Texas. Well organized horse classifieds with pictures and seller contact information.
Equine.com listing of horses for sale in Texas. Search by breed, discipline, price, and location.