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I'm going to a horse auction on Saturday and seeing as I've never bought a horse from this situation I was wondering what you need to look for
And when buying a horse is a definate no-no. There's no guarantee I'm coming home with anything but just in case. Also what should I expect from the people who bring their horses to auction? Would I be allowed to take a look at the horse (actually enter the stall to do a once
Over, would some of them have possible past vet records
And such? I am taking my friend who is a horse trainer along with me but I thought I would ask all of you on here as well.
I am by no means very experienced with horse auctions. But, I have gone to three, and I bought my current horse there. I will share with you what I learned and experienced at the auction I went to.
I look for a horse who has a soft, kind eye, and who isn't pinning their ears constantly. Watch out for horses who look very lethargic, as they may be drugged.
You are definitely allowed to go into the corral/stall with the horse to feel their legs/check them over, etc. But, watch the horse outside for a little while before going in, and be cautious, as some may kick or bite.
Watch out for horses brought there by a dude string or trail riding business.. they are most likely unsound or have something wrong with them. At the one auction I was at.. someone was riding a nice gelding who looked like a sweet sweet boy. I was really interested in him. But, when I felt his legs, there was ALOT of heat.
The other horse that was brought with him was green broke and apparently reared. And, the other cribbed badly, and would bite.
Don't get tempted by "pretty" colored horses. From all the paints and appaloosas at the auctions I went to.. some of them were unsound, and the others looked quite aggressive.
If it seems too good to be true.. it is. The owner could tell you that "Freddy" is great with kids, bombproof, awesome on trails, loves attention, great for farrier, and does reining. But, once you bring him home.. the drugs wear off and he kicks the farrier, is dead lame, bites, and hates people. Don't believe ANYTHING they tell you, none of it. Only go by what you see and your findings while watching the horse.
You can definitely get good horses from auctions! Lots of the time, they are diamonds in the rough.
I bought my mare 3 months ago at the auction for $500. She is a registered tennessee walker. When I first saw her, she was shaking in tremors from fear of being there. I watched her for a bit, and noticed how kind her eye was. I could just tell at that moment that she was the one.
When I went in to check out her legs, I reached out my hand for her to sniff. She continued to shake and did odd little head dips. She wanted to sniff my hand, but she was too scared.
Nobody bid on her besides us and the meat guy, as she was freaking out in the ring. I don't blame her, and am glad I saw her potential.
Now, after working with her on the ground and gaining her trust, I rode her for the first time bareback and in a rope halter yesterday. She is a sweetheart. She wants to please so badly, but sometimes nervousness gets in the way. I know she would never do anything to hurt anyone, and I am insanely happy I bought her!
Here is a picture of her:
Anyways, I hope I helped somewhat and GOOD LUCK!
I hope you find your perfect horse, and if not, you gained a great experience by going to the auction.
Warning, it may be very sad as well. Our auction is pretty small, so I don't think barely any horses sold to meat.. I honestly don't know though, as I didn't stick around. But, I've heard that lots of big auctions have horrible conditions and tons of horses get sent to meat. So sad we can't rescue them all :[
PS: I would advise just watching the first auction. It is pretty difficult to understand the auctioneer the first couple rounds. Also, it is a good idea to know how everything works before buying a horse there.