Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Actually, Eddie, if you stay in the stands and wait for the horses to come in for bidding do you have only a few minutes. You need to go out back where they are staged and you have a lot of time to see them and talk to the sellers. Most times the horses can be ridden as well.
The one I was at this past Saturday is a monthly auction. Tack sells at 5:00 and horses start at 7:00. You can spend as much time as you need to out back looking at the horses right up until the time they are brought into the ring for sale.
Eddie is right about these auctions being, many times, a dumping place for horses that are problems but in my experience, that isn't the rule. Many times a seller would rather sell a horse that way instead of having to show him to people himself. Some sellers don't want people coming to their place, or don't like dealing with people in general. Some need to sell a horse quickly for whatever reason they may have and the auction is a quick way to do it. Others need money fast or just may not be able to afford to keep them any longer.
Buying at an auction certainly presents a high degree of risk but you can minimize it if you are careful and have the right people with you to help with the choices. As Ozark said, do your homework to reduce the risk.
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Last edited by iridehorses; 09-17-2009 at 01:24 PM.