06-20-2012, 04:05 AM
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I just looked up their site, loose pen horses do not require a coggins test. So be prepared to quarantine it for quite some time, as I'd do for any sale barn horse.
My first horse was a green broke mare purchased for $5 more than the meat buyer was willing to pay. She was 2 and one of the hardiest horses I've ever had in my life. Wish I had 20 of her.
My uncle purchased a fugly yearling, he was in TERRIBLE shape, emaciated, wormy, scabby, you name it. When they let him loose in the ring he tried to climb over the 15 foot fence. My uncle couldn't let such a spit fire get away, he paid $35. The only other bidder was the meat buyer.
Sarge grew up to be one of the most impressive horses I've ever seen. He was a solid black TWH/QH, stood 16hh. And weighed in at 1,500 lbs. When he grew up. Absolutely FANTASTIC animal.
So you can find a "good" deal. But do take a good old timer like suggested!
You may try and contact a "trader" or "broker" who purchases several at this sale. Let them take the risk and then resale them to you for a bit higher price. I have a family friend that scours the kill pens and gets some pretty decent horses. Takes them home, assesses them, puts some hours on them if they need it, and finds them homes. Most he's ever sold one for is $500. He's not in it for the money, only the horses and putting the right horse in the right hands.
Get to know them of course, never trust an unknown trader! But they have the eye. They win some and lose some, but if you can make friends with one you've got it made.