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

  1. touchofdandy

    touchofdandy Senior Member

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    Definately watch out for the drugged horses. My cousin got one like that. Boy was that filly MEAN. If you stood two feet away from the gate and looked at her she'd come at the gate and ram it. UGH.
     
  2. Sue Tillery

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    Hello, I agree with everyone. I know from experience that you can get good horses for aroundd that price. You do have to know what to look for and bewilling to let it go if they won't bargin with you. When they see how much you want the horse. When we got our two horses we paid just 1000.00 for the two. A saddle bred and a nice through bred we also rode them at the auction and checked the feet, teeth (for age), you should also look at the gums, and bottom of foot for needle marks. Hope this helps.
     
  3. SkyeTiger

    SkyeTiger Senior Member

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    Thanks guys!
     
  4. tightpaycheck

    tightpaycheck Senior Member+

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    I don't have any problem buying from a sale, though there is a lot less risk if you buy privately. With the market the way it is you should be able to get something nice in your price range, even if you look at higher priced horses and make a low offer. If you are going to a sale I have had a lot of luck with Lebanon Valley livestock auction, and last I was there they were going for peanuts. Just stay away from anything that is locked in a back stall.
     
  5. Haas Horse Farm

    Haas Horse Farm Senior Member+

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    Sorry I take great offense to this part about "monthly" in the statement above. Look at the horse that I just bought at auction. Look at the stallion now gelding that DB just traded for. Look at my palomino stallion, etc. ALL MOST ALL OF MY HORSES THAT WERE NOT BRED HERE ON THE FARM WERE BOUGHT AT AUCTION... Many at local twice monthly auction... in fact I have bought better horses at the monthly sale than the catalog sale.

    Actually I think the only horses I own right now that I have bought from individuals is my stallion: Dry and Shiney, my champagne mare, Champagne Easter and the old gelding we rescued, JTS Bob Olena. So my ONLY rescue did not come from an auction and he is navicular and also suffers from being foundered before I owned him.
     
  6. bnttyra

    bnttyra Senior Member

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    In my area, like I stated, the monthly sales have the horses that people are trying to dump. Most of the horses at the local sale here have no guarantee of anything with no return policy(that is a big red flag to me!). I was just trying to point out things she needs to be aware of. Also, I have no knowledge of the quality of horses at other local monthly sales in other states just as you have no knowledge of the local one here. I have no idea why you might take offense to that, do you run the monthly local sale? FYI-I too have purchased from the monthly sale, our current pony as well as another mare I have since sold, and neither of them have problems, but you DO need to be wary of the local monthly sale here.
     
  7. bnttyra

    bnttyra Senior Member

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    Also, all of my horses with the exception of 1 have been purchased at auctions. They were production auctions run by the breeder and 2 of the 4 were bred by those people and the other 2 were consignments. This auction has guarantees on all the horses as well as we know the breeders very well and trust them. Nothing wrong with auctions, just be aware of what you might get there.
     
  8. tweiderh

    tweiderh Senior Member

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    There are all types of horses in all sorts of different conditions at auction... however, you can definitely find a good horse at an auction. I got Jetta there and she was neither drugged nor in bad shape and I have seen many many very good cattle/ranch broke and trail horses go through a local auction. I know here that yes the prices are down, even registered weanlings/yearlings with good lines are cheap but.. you most certainly can find a good horse at an auction.
     
  9. wpisawesome

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    I think it is definately a possible thing to get a nice horse from an auction , but you have to be careful because alot of the horses aren't what they say they are or they might be drugged up. I think it would be wise to take another knowledgable horse person with for an 2nd opinion. Last weekend I sold a horse for some friends at an auction for really cheap, but she was a reg. App with really nice bloodlines, had been trail ridden and shown, she had been to futurities and shows, was BUILT and had awesome confo, sweet, cute personality and lots of talent so there are some very nice horses at an auction and some not so nice ones so just be careful and have fun.
     
  10. katylynn06

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    Well my husband just bought another horse at the auction on Saturday. We were told by a couple of people I know that attend the auction regularly that the horse he bought was the best one in there. I think that is why they saved her for last. She is supposed to be broke, she was being ridden while we were there and she seemed to do fine. But after we bought her another gal pulled us aside and told us she likes to rear. She didn't know the horse but said she could tell by the rigging they had on her. But there could be many reasons why she was rearing if indeed she does. We brought her home and she gets along with the others nicely and she will walk up to you. I will work with her this week and see how she really is but it won't matter cuz now she is ours and we will have to work out any vices she has that we were not made aware of.
     

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