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    08-09-2010, 09:54 PM
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Foal
Buying First Horses

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum, but I have a question about purchasing a horse. My brother and I are novice riders and would like to purchase a horse within the next few months. My question is: can you find good horses (that are healthy and nice) at auctions?

My understanding is that auctions tend to be filled with horses whose owners no longer want them, usually due to the fact that the horse 1) is unmanageable, 2) is sick or unhealthy, or 3) is consuming too much time or money. Is it worth my time to go to an auction? Or would a private sale be a better idea?
     
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    08-09-2010, 10:00 PM
  #2
Green Broke
PRIVATE SALE!


I bought my first horse an an auction when I was a greenie, like yourselves. Big mistake. She was crazy, unrideable, spoiled... She was perfectly calm on the ground (but a little sassy and irritable), but was a nightmare under saddle. Even the experienced horse people we were shopping with would have never guessed. Bottom line; you just don't know what you're going to get. It's a gamble.
     
    08-09-2010, 10:03 PM
  #3
Yearling
There can be some wonderful horses at auctions but I think most of them probably have some issue or another that may be a bit much for a first horse / novice rider.

There is usually not a lot of history available on these horses (if any?) and as far as I know you don't get any opportunity to "try them out" first. I would imagine nearly all horses at auctions need at least some time to be rehabilitated and fed and loved.

I would suggest getting a horse with a known history that you can ride and is known to be healthy and sound. In the long run its probably cheaper and safer to spend a little more and get a horse from a trustworthy seller with a vet check.

Of course, there are tons of people here with lots of auction experience so maybe they will disagree with me!
     
    08-09-2010, 10:39 PM
  #4
Trained
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Originally Posted by JJackson    
My understanding is that auctions tend to be filled with horses whose owners no longer want them, usually due to the fact that the horse 1) is unmanageable, 2) is sick or unhealthy, or 3) is consuming too much time or money.
Auctions do entail a lot of risk.

If you're a novice and buying your first horse, also keep in mind that buying a horse from a private seller is like buying a used car and can also entail a lot of risk...they are a lot of folks trying to unload horses with exactly the problems you mentioned.

My advice is to work with with an experienced trainer/instuctor or a well established ranch/breeder to find a horse suitable to your skill, experience, and expectations. You'll most likely spend more up front, but save yourself a bunch in the long run.
     
    08-09-2010, 10:40 PM
  #5
dee
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Don't do like I did. I got my first horse at an auction - he was a beautiful strawberry roan and just as sweet and gentle as he could be... BUT! It turned out he was only two years old and had only been saddled a few times. I was fortunate that a friend of ours trailered him home for me and tried him out (I was so dumb that I didn't even look over the horses before the auction started). Snoopy didn't have a mean or rowdy bone in his body, but he was seven kinds of stupid and really not for a green rider like me. I sold him to another friend who had more time and experience. He made her a great horse, but it took a long time for him to get there!
     
    08-10-2010, 12:07 AM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
Auctions do entail a lot of risk.

If you're a novice and buying your first horse, also keep in mind that buying a horse from a private seller is like buying a used car and can also entail a lot of risk...they are a lot of folks trying to unload horses with exactly the problems you mentioned.

My advice is to work with with an experienced trainer/instuctor or a well established ranch/breeder to find a horse suitable to your skill, experience, and expectations. You'll most likely spend more up front, but save yourself a bunch in the long run.
If I were to go to auction I would take my uncle, who has boarded horses for at least thirty years.
     
    08-10-2010, 12:17 AM
  #7
Banned
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Originally Posted by JJackson    
I'm not sure if this is the correct forum, but I have a question about purchasing a horse. My brother and I are novice riders and would like to purchase a horse within the next few months. My question is: can you find good horses (that are healthy and nice) at auctions?

My understanding is that auctions tend to be filled with horses whose owners no longer want them, usually due to the fact that the horse 1) is unmanageable, 2) is sick or unhealthy, or 3) is consuming too much time or money. Is it worth my time to go to an auction? Or would a private sale be a better idea?
Since you are first time horse buyers and novice horse riders...STAY AWAY!!! For the experienced and knowledgeable horse person, the auction can be a gold mine for potential talent.

Now there can be some good horses that go through auctions, but you need an eye to spot them, and not the ones that are doped up and seem beginner broke. Also, you don't know much about a horses official training, its show history, or previous owners, if you get any of this info.

Private sales are much better for first time buyers because you can try the horse. You can usually get a trial period with private sale horses. And you can get plenty of information on a horse, because you can talk to the owner.

Edit* If I were you, I would look into finding someone experienced with horses to go horse shopping with you. They can see things that you may overlook, and that may cause you to have problems down the road. Also get a pre purchase vet exam on the horse you do intend buying. The vet will tell you if there are hidden medical issues
     
    08-10-2010, 12:48 AM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by A knack for horses    
Since you are first time horse buyers and novice horse riders...STAY AWAY!!! For the experienced and knowledgeable horse person, the auction can be a gold mine for potential talent.

Now there can be some good horses that go through auctions, but you need an eye to spot them, and not the ones that are doped up and seem beginner broke. Also, you don't know much about a horses official training, its show history, or previous owners, if you get any of this info.

Private sales are much better for first time buyers because you can try the horse. You can usually get a trial period with private sale horses. And you can get plenty of information on a horse, because you can talk to the owner.

Edit* If I were you, I would look into finding someone experienced with horses to go horse shopping with you. They can see things that you may overlook, and that may cause you to have problems down the road. Also get a pre purchase vet exam on the horse you do intend buying. The vet will tell you if there are hidden medical issues
How much does a pre-purchase exam cost?
     
    08-10-2010, 01:50 AM
  #9
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Originally Posted by JJackson    
How much does a pre-purchase exam cost?
Anywhere from $100-$250. They just do a general look over on the horse. They look at its legs and hooves for any injuries/lameness and disease in the hoofs. The vet will take the horses temp and CRT (hydration). The vet will also listen to the heart and lungs. They may do some blood work as well.

If you really want to be through, you can ask the vet to take x-rays of the horse. Of course, this will sky rocket the cost of the exam, so I would only do them if the vet insisted it needed to be done.
     
    08-10-2010, 01:59 AM
  #10
Started
I agree that you should find someone experienced and knowledgeable (not to mention trustworthy!) to help you out.

My mom bought her first horse since high school nine years ago with her trainer's consultation, but she wound up being misled because the trainer was more interested in making a quick sale and reaping the monetary advantages of "helping" my mom try to deal with a horse that was inappropriate for what she needed. That's bad enough, but she abandoned the barn shortly after that and left my mom high and dry. (Fortunately there is a fairly happy ending. Through blood sweat and tears my mom and the horse have made leaps and bounds of progress.)

Anyhow, get someone to help you, get a vet... and trust your gut! If you're thinking to yourself 'wow this horse is gorgeous and the price is right, buut I don't know why she's dancing around in the crossties all of the time and doesn't like cantering on the left lead' then pass that horse and find the one that feels like home when you sit on his or her back.
     

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