Horse Auctions

Discussion in 'Horse Rescue / Adoption' started by SkyeTiger, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. SkyeTiger

    SkyeTiger Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2004
    Messages:
    12,175
    Likes Received:
    1,567
    My Dad has helped me and supported me LOTS w/ these horses. It's time that I do something for him. He has always shown an interest in riding and wanting to own his own. So has my sister. I would like to buy them a pair of really nice beginner friendly trail horses that I can teach them both how to ride on.

    Should I go to a GOOD well organized/well known auction? Because I only want to spend about $1500 for the pair.

    What do you guys think I should do?

    Do you think I could find this at some adoption places?

    Give me some advice. Are all horses from auctions "bad"? I hear mixed feelings from people.
     






  2. tbtrainer

    tbtrainer Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2007
    Messages:
    9,717
    Likes Received:
    1,784
    There is an auction around here that will sell horses as "sound"...basically meaning you have 3 days to return them if they are not the horse you thought you bought! (Although there are drugs that can make a horse pretty nice for longer than that)...Might be worth the trip down for you, depending on how far you are...the sale is Eylers, you can google it...they were going REALLY cheap Friday night.
     
  3. SkyeTiger

    SkyeTiger Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2004
    Messages:
    12,175
    Likes Received:
    1,567
    Do they have a website?

    What is your zipcode (you can pm me) and I'll mapquest it.

    So the horses there are good or they aren't? I was kind of confused by what you said. lol
     
  4. tbtrainer

    tbtrainer Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2007
    Messages:
    9,717
    Likes Received:
    1,784
  5. SkyeTiger

    SkyeTiger Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2004
    Messages:
    12,175
    Likes Received:
    1,567
    Anybody else have any opinions or advice?
     
  6. doublebarr

    doublebarr Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2006
    Messages:
    12,394
    Likes Received:
    5,245
    Yep:) And this one is VERY important. You have a very soft, kind heart Sky. Nothing wrong with that EXCEPT when you go to a horse sale.;) You REALLY need to take someone with you that KNOWS horses and then LISTEN to them completely. When they tell you "don't bid on that one" and you REALLY want to because you are so sad for it, DON'T DO IT!!!

    You are the type of person that I would never advise going to a sale on their own and buying horses. Not because I don't think you know what your doing, but because of your kind heart.:)

    ETA: I do think auctions are good places to get good horses, but only when you have the right "attitude" for it.
     
  7. katylynn06

    katylynn06 Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2006
    Messages:
    1,653
    Likes Received:
    60
    I agree take someone with you that is impartial. I have that problem I see a horse I want or feel sorry for and it isn't really the horse I need. I ask tons of questions or will pull someone I know along to look at the horse and most of people I know will be honest with me.
     
  8. Haas Horse Farm

    Haas Horse Farm Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2007
    Messages:
    14,180
    Likes Received:
    1,320
    The problem at many auctions is people let their emotions and not the checkbook and brain dictate what they will purchase. Also you have to know horses. If you cannot spot a drugged horse from 50 yards and/or a stifled, crippled, etc horse within 20 paces you better take someone with you that knows those things. There are good and bad horses at all sales. WHAT EVER YOU BUY AT A SALE SHOULD NOT LOOK LIKE IT NEEDS RESCUED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If it does you just wasted your money IMHO.

    There are too many good horses with papers selling cheap. BUY something with value not an on going vet bill.

    I have to run but I will post more on this later. Check out the horses on my web site ... ALL most all the horses I did not raise were bought at a sale. I bought them cheap for what they are. Some might have been a tad under weight but none have required extensive medical attention. Also I have never had one bring a sickness to my barn from the sale.
     
  9. SkyeTiger

    SkyeTiger Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2004
    Messages:
    12,175
    Likes Received:
    1,567
    That's exactly why I would go w/ you and Mary. You could keep my hand down from wanting to bid on one that I shouldn't. YOu'd have to handcuff me. LOL
     
  10. bnttyra

    bnttyra Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2007
    Messages:
    11,152
    Likes Received:
    18,431
    Auction aren't necessarily bad, but you have been good advice about not to buy because you feel sorry for the horse. Try to find a sale that is not a "monthly" auction. In my area, everyone brings lame and horses with problems to those. They drug them and try to sell them off as all kid friendly horses. I would say that most people who sell at the monthly sale here do so to get rid of those horses quickly with no responsiblity to the new owners. Check online and at the local feed stores. Good horses are cheap right now and people who have taken the time to list them online or put up fliers seem to have the horses well being taken into consideration more so then those that end up at the monthly sales. Good luck.
     






Share This Page