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post #1 of 14 Old 08-07-2011, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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Horse auction??Some questions

I live in florida near a few auctions and Im thinking about going and buying a horse. I hear they are pretty cheap?
Can people who have actually been to auctions back me up on this?
What are the prices on average? For a typical horse auction.
Im mostly just looking for a horse that's at least green broke, not to many bad habits, good looking and no health issues and under the age of 8.
Do you see lots of younger horses at auctions or is it mostly older?
Sorry for all the questions Im going to check out a auction in a couple of days but would like to know what to expect.
Can you give me prices on horses youve seen sold?
Please and thanks (:
Also I do not have a horse trailer...Do most auctions provide, or have people who you can pay to haul your horse?
By the way I will have a close friends parent with me whom is a vet.
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-07-2011, 01:44 AM
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Have you ever heard of the term "doping" well its something that happens quite often at horse auctions, the number one reason why I would strongly advise you not buying a horse there.
And if your going to an auction because of the prices your going for all the wrong reasons.
What you see in the pen and what you get at home is so unpredictable.
I have no idea what so ever about your experience, but I would not go looking for a green horse if this is you first horse.
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Have you ever heard of the term "doping" well its something that happens quite often at horse auctions, the number one reason why I would strongly advise you not buying a horse there.
And if your going to an auction because of the prices your going for all the wrong reasons.
What you see in the pen and what you get at home is so unpredictable.
I have no idea what so ever about your experience, but I would not go looking for a green horse if this is you first horse.
I will have a vet with me to examine the horse and help decide if it is drugged.
It is my first horse but I have worked at two different barns and practically owned 2 horses I provided full care, training and breaking of one horse.
I have dealt with multiple problem horses and broken 2 horses by myself.
I kinda like working with problem horses(and one of the barns I've worked at brought horses from auctions ALL the time though I've never been to a actual auction I have seen the horses that came from then but never really asked many questions) I don't want something that's dead broke it kinda gives me a sense of accomplishment and something to do in my free time lol. Guess Im kinda weird like that
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There are horses of all ages at the auctions. I would recommend that you get there really early and try out anything you are interested in. So many people bring their problems to the auction. There are good horses there, too. It's really tough to weed through them though. If you go a few times before you buy, you will be able to figure out who the horse traders are.
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I live in florida near a few auctions and Im thinking about going and buying a horse. I hear they are pretty cheap?
Can people who have actually been to auctions back me up on this?
What are the prices on average? For a typical horse auction.

It really depends. There is no set average. It varies depending on the day, the market in your area for a particular animal, the animals being sold, and who's there buying them.

Im mostly just looking for a horse that's at least green broke, not to many bad habits, good looking and no health issues and under the age of 8.
Do you see lots of younger horses at auctions or is it mostly older?

Depends on the sale.

Sorry for all the questions Im going to check out a auction in a couple of days but would like to know what to expect.
Can you give me prices on horses youve seen sold?

Anywhere from $150 to $20,000-it really varies, and it's hard to tell you exactly what you'll be looking at.

Please and thanks (:
Also I do not have a horse trailer...Do most auctions provide, or have people who you can pay to haul your horse?

If you know someone there with a trailer and end up buying, you could ask them to give it a lift home. Otherwise, I would prepare your own trailering plans beforehand-just in case. I personally have never been to a sale that provides trailering.

By the way I will have a close friends parent with me whom is a vet.

That's good. (S)He should be able to help you sort through the bad ones.
If this is your first horse, I would look elsewhere for a reputable trainer/seller. You can find some really good horses at auction, but you can also get some really bad ones. Not every horse that goes to auction is there because it's a whackjob. If you have a vet going with you, that should set you on the right path.
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-07-2011, 01:43 PM
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Horse auctions are crapshoots, that's why the prices are cheap. Of course you can find a good cheap horse at one and then again, you might end up with something you didn't expect nor want. Generally they are dumping grounds for horses that could not be sold through other marketing methods. So if you are a gambling type person, roll the dice and see what you end up with.
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In my neck of the woods, the auction is simply a place to sell a horse quickly. When someone decides they are ready to sell or need to sell, they go to the auction. Why mess around on CL for weeks on end or list your horse on a sale sight only to answer 5000 questions, end up with two potential buyers and have them both crap out on you. The auction is simply easier.

I've seen some truly great horses go through our local auction for pretty cheap. The top of this particular auction seems to be right around $800. At this auction house, $800 gets you a well broke 4-12 year old horse with papers, training and possible show experience.

Last auction there was a beautiful dead broke kids pony that sold for $225. Also a Peppy san badger AQHA 4 year old mare who needed some groceries and work, better than green broke and she went for under $200.
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In my neck of the woods, the auction is simply a place to sell a horse quickly. When someone decides they are ready to sell or need to sell, they go to the auction. Why mess around on CL for weeks on end or list your horse on a sale sight only to answer 5000 questions, end up with two potential buyers and have them both crap out on you. The auction is simply easier.

I've seen some truly great horses go through our local auction for pretty cheap. The top of this particular auction seems to be right around $800. At this auction house, $800 gets you a well broke 4-12 year old horse with papers, training and possible show experience.

Last auction there was a beautiful dead broke kids pony that sold for $225. Also a Peppy san badger AQHA 4 year old mare who needed some groceries and work, better than green broke and she went for under $200.

Your probably talking about the same auction(biggest kill market on the east coast I've heard many say) I got my TB and appy from. I've heard of horses selling for as little as $30 there. It's hit or miss with whatcha get tho. My TB, while a little crazy is a great ride and seemed to have a little dressage training when I got her(unless she was just an extremely fast learner lol). My appy also has some training(western) but he has some issues, spooky, ear shy, spray shy(tried to kick me first time I tried to spray him) I've owned him over a year and we are still working through his issues. The biggest problem with most people is they see all the horses and they tug on their heart strings and then they get something that is not exactly what they wanted. If it's close enough go a few times to desensitize yourself a little(although your auction may not be as bad as the one up here) then really look at the horses. Before you even go make some guidelines of what you want in the horse, such as size range. If you don't have a trailer you will most likely need to hire someone beforehand. Otherwise you may find a horse but not have anyone to haul it home. Some auctions will board the horse for a few days, others not. Also very important is to being someone who knows how to bid, it's not an easy thing to do, those auctioneers are very hard to understand and they run numbers really fast.
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I've bought many horses from auctions, both riding/driving sales and the kill pen. All the horses are sound and safe enough for anyone to ride. You can find very nice horses there, you just have to know what to look for.

Prices do vary, but I've never bought anything over $500.
Last time I was at an auction was in April, and the most of the kill horses were more expensive than the riding horses.

Look for horses that are calm, but alert. If you find their owner, ask them questions, but take everything they say with a grain of salt. Check for yourself how old they are (look at their teeth), pick their feet up, see if he'll even let you touch his hind legs, see if the horse will let you lean on his back or better yet sit on him. If he seems very nervous, fidgety, and uncomfortable with you on his back, then move on. Chances are he's not broke, or still very very green. If the horse has any scars, ask about them.

You'll want to get there extra early, so you get a chance to see and check out all the horses you're interested in. After you're done looking around, park yourself where the horses are being sold, and keep an eye out for your favorites. Your entire decision on a horse can change when it's being lead/ridden in the ring.


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Rachel, I know the auction house you are talking about and it is a big one. Some good horses go through there. The auction house I am talking about is local to me and sells about 30 horses a month. Its a small auction but seems to attract the bad buyers too. Some horses sell for under $100. A little arab stud colt went really cheap simply because he was a stud.

Being that mine is a small, local auction, most of the owners make the horse available for test rides before the auction. I know that some don't but it never hurts to ask.
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