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        10-09-2013, 09:01 PM
      #11
    Trained
    There is a Camelot FB page that you may want to look at. There are lots of folks I know who have gotten some good horses there. You ave got to be ready to quarantine anything you get at auction for 30 days. There are folks who go to Camelot to help save some of the horses and post pics, prices, what they know, etc. They also have transport folks you can contact as well as quarantine.
         
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        10-09-2013, 09:04 PM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by franknbeans    
    There is a Camelot FB page that you may want to look at. There are lots of folks I know who have gotten some good horses there. You ave got to be ready to quarantine anything you get at auction for 30 days. There are folks who go to Camelot to help save some of the horses and post pics, prices, what they know, etc. They also have transport folks you can contact as well as quarantine.
    I don't have any horses yet at all just been doing lessons and leasing, and I plan on getting my own place first so would I still have to quarantine?
         
        10-09-2013, 10:13 PM
      #13
    Started
    Not recently but Over the years,I have bought a few horses at auction but all have been from select Breeders auctionsstock is registered & cataloged. Breeders have stood by there stock. Had bought one yearling show quality mare,was lame loading her on trailer{had been kicked at sale,breeder thought from that} took her to vet week later as was still sore & found she had Bone spavins already.Breeder took her back & refunded. One broodmare was to be in foal to a top producing stallion,was not.Breeder honored that & rebred her.

    My first horse,my heart horse was bought at auction as a yearling we had Happy 29 yrs together before we said farewell.....
         
        10-09-2013, 10:30 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I've done my stint working at an animal shelter. I came out of it realizing that there are a lot of healthy and well adjusted animals who have been in loving homes that need to be rehomed. I got kind of sick seeing the healthy, happy, well adjusted animals getting pushed to the back burner because people with big hearts would go for the charity cases, thinking they needed more help than the friendly animal sitting in the next kennel with the happy disposition and open heart. Weeks go by, and guess whose time is up? Happy wagging tail, trusting eyes, lots of face licks, "we're going for a walk?! Are we going home?"... another bag in the freezer. And it hurt even more then the trouble charity case ended up coming back to the pound because their rescuer realized they bit off more than they could handle.

    I totally commend your big heart and desire to save an animal. I just wanted to put in a case for the other guys, the ones that aren't screwed up yet. They need homes and love, too.
         
        10-09-2013, 10:33 PM
      #15
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by MaximasMommy    
    I've done my stint working at an animal shelter. I came out of it realizing that there are a lot of healthy and well adjusted animals who have been in loving homes that need to be rehomed. I got kind of sick seeing the healthy, happy, well adjusted animals getting pushed to the back burner because people with big hearts would go for the charity cases, thinking they needed more help than the friendly animal sitting in the next kennel with the happy disposition and open heart. Weeks go by, and guess whose time is up? Happy wagging tail, trusting eyes, lots of face licks, "we're going for a walk?! Are we going home?"... another bag in the freezer. And it hurt even more then the trouble charity case ended up coming back to the pound because their rescuer realized they bit off more than they could handle.

    I totally commend your big heart and desire to save an animal. I just wanted to put in a case for the other guys, the ones that aren't screwed up yet. They need homes and love, too.
    Around here and maybe its just where im seeing them but horses end up at rescue groups for a reason around here and the ones that are young and untrained that I could take and train myself they insist you have to use their trainer and they have to stay with them untill fully trained...
         
        10-09-2013, 10:41 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I remember.. back in the day ;) im only 16.. but when my dad was into horses.. we got ALL 27 of them from either 'horse traders' << which to this day buys all his horses at the CLA( livestock auction close by here)..

    Anyways, we got just about all of the 27+ horses we had at the CLA... some we would keep for years.. others.. til the next auction.. It really is a hit and miss..

    We have gotten PLENTY of good horses from the auction.. included one that taught me the ropes and kept until she passed.. then we had one that chased me out of the pen and tried to kill my mother.. one that kicked my dad.. and others that were broke broke broke ranch horses..

    So it depends.. glad ur willing to help a horse.. once you decide to buy I hope everything works out. I would reccomend that you take someone who knows there stuff along with you..

    I know the auction here.. you can go in the pen with the horses.. just not get on them( safety reasons- though some people do it anyways)
         
        10-09-2013, 10:55 PM
      #17
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Winterose    
    I don't have any horses yet at all just been doing lessons and leasing, and I plan on getting my own place first so would I still have to quarantine?
    So all of this would be a LONG way off? By then-who knows. But in answer to your question-would be a yes, since horses are herd animals and you should not have just one, unless you have a companion, which you could also get at an auction.........
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        10-09-2013, 11:36 PM
      #18
    Trained
    We've purchased a few...it was not a great experience.

    One mare was not sound without shoes, had navicular. And was pregnant. Surprise!!! Super super sweet mare though. Was a very nice girl. Could be skittish, but I did like her personality.

    Other one was a decent horse, hard to catch, but I liked him.

    1 horse was insanely sick within 1 week of being home. Pneunomonia.

    1 horse was very underweight. Once up in weight, was incredibly aggressive.

    And last but not least, a 3 year old, come to find out was only 2. Decent little filly, had some major training issues, incredibly green.......which was not disclosed.....But turned out great with consistent training.

    So....Not great experiences. I saw many drugged horses. Dishonest people. Skinny horses. Horses with terrible attitudes.

    You really have to know what your looking for, get a second/third opinion from horse people you trust. And even then, be prepared to be duped. You might get a diamond in the rough, or you might be stuck with a bad egg...
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        10-09-2013, 11:50 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Winterose    
    Around here and maybe its just where im seeing them but horses end up at rescue groups for a reason around here and the ones that are young and untrained that I could take and train myself they insist you have to use their trainer and they have to stay with them untill fully trained...
    I wasn't really saying to look at a rescue. I was more saying that you are saving any animal from an uncertain fate if you are providing it with a home. So just because an animal isn't malnourished and headed off to slaughter, doesn't mean you aren't saving it. You can get a healthy and trained horse that needs a stall and food and a job just as much as a horse at an auction does.

    I dunno why I always feel a need to give the "healthy happy animals need homes too" speech. I just do, lol.
         
        10-10-2013, 12:53 AM
      #20
    Trained
    Since it would be your first actual horse, I would make sure you have either your trainer since you said you were in lessons, or other reputable horse-knowledgeable people you know.

    I would say go to auctions in your area just to see what types of horses are typically run through, but if you do do this, leave your ID at home or you'll want to go home with 6 of them.

    I bought one of my mares at an auction almost a year ago. I did what I mentioned above: left my ID at home so I could not get a number and therefore not buy anything. That failed. I went in the back to look at the lots before they ran through and found 27 little Fjords, all in various stages of malnutrition and emaciated. The group of friends I was with knew I wanted a Fjord and didn't want to hear the end of it if I didn't get one because I would die if I was that close to finally having one and missed it..especially because they were selling for $20 or less.

    Sooo I was handed a number from one of them and ended up with a pathetic looking little filly that had never been touched. She ended up being 2.5 years old. I've had her for a year at the end of the month and she ended up being the best $15 purchase I have ever made. She is the perfect little midget horse (she's 12.3hh). Extremely willing once she trusted me, very intelligent, and a golden personality.

    I lucked out for sure, so don't take my positive experience as an "this always happens" situation.
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