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