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        11-25-2008, 11:11 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    I'm really hoping my boss will let me do it, b/c you have to be 18 to get a bidding card. And I won't be 18 until next month. So that means she'll be doing the bidding. Plus she would be hauling him/her, or at least helping me find someone to haul the horse.
         
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        11-25-2008, 11:53 PM
      #22
    Chat Moderator
    Good luck if you go for it, but be careful.
         
        11-26-2008, 08:43 AM
      #23
    Yearling
    I'm sure Fugly once posted with advice for how to proceed at an auction, and what to look out for, but I've searched the blog and can't find anything :/ You will find several auction reports here, though, which may tell you more about the kind of things you'll see going on.

    Advice I do recall seeing posted is to know exactly what you're going for, and know exactly what your financial limits are, and stick to your guns. There will be many horses there you won't be able to save and making the necessary decisions can be tough.
         
        11-26-2008, 01:36 PM
      #24
    Yearling
    Yea, I knew what to look for if they're drugged. I'm not going to get one that has broken bones or any other bad injuries. Maybe when I'm older and can afford something like that. But if it just has a cold, underweight from worms or whatever, then I'll consider them. I keep them in quarantine for 10 days because I have to wait for their coggins test to be mailed. At least, I'm pretty sure the kill horses have to get coggins too. If anything, I'll have the vet come give one just in case.
         
        11-26-2008, 02:55 PM
      #25
    Trained
    I do believe they're supposed to be all healthy horses (ie, not sick) though what actually goes on is a whole other story.

    Depending if you are going, while the bidding is going on, or if you see a horse in the KP you like, you'll have to bid.

    If you see a horse already in the KP, chances are you won't have to bid, you'll just need to pay the guy his money and the horse is yours. I'm not 100% positive, but I think that's how it works.

    I know you're a ways a way from me, but the Camelot auction (in Cranberry, NJ) has some pretty good horses go through there. (that's the one I went to) and also the Lebannon Valley Auction (In PA) is a good (well not good, but they have a lot of horses) to go to. Though most of the horses that go through there wind up in the KP. But there is a rescue organization that goes there and gets horses to rehabilitate them and then adopt them out.

    I would suggest that you go a few times before hand just to look and get a feel for the horses there and not be pressured into wanting to bid on a horse. Maybe even talk to the owner and tell him what you're looking for. He might be able to get you a good deal or something.
         
        11-26-2008, 03:10 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Auctions are sooo weird. I have been to some were you some one will run barrels with and you could walk away with an amazing barrels horse for $200. Cutting horse demo's and horses that go for dirt cheap. But there are some auctions(the ones I go to) that are just for suizure's. So you have no idea what you are getting. No one does. Cops or SPCA take them then the auction company agrees to hold them there till the next auction then whatever happends happends to the horses. No vet check, no way of telling what the horse has done or is able to do. Its a huge risk! But worth it in my books!hehe
         
        11-28-2008, 07:41 PM
      #27
    Foal
    Only if you can provide the horse with whatever he needs. Farrier, vet, etc. And vet bills aren't cheap, especially if your horse colicks or something. Colic surgery can be up to $10000 and your horse is bound to colic at least once in his/her life.

    Also, don't buy a horse with really awful conformation or bad injuries or broken bones, as you said.
         
        11-28-2008, 08:04 PM
      #28
    Showing
    Oh, I'd love to rescue one as well (there are no auctions in my area, however)- I feel very bad for them; it's a shame. :( But as Appy said, some can't be helped & a lot of them aren't wanted (sickness or lameness)...but if someone with a kind heart would rescue, that'd be great.
         
        11-29-2008, 02:51 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    If you want to buy one to stop it from going to slaughter best way is to buy right from the kill buyer. Make sure he bought it for kill though many buyers resell horses for about everything there is. Check what killers are going for then if you see something you like and the meat buyer gets it offer him/her 15% more then they paid. If you get into a bidding war for it chances are your going to pay that much or more anyway.
         
        11-30-2008, 01:17 AM
      #30
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by HunterJumper22    
    And vet bills aren't cheap, especially if your horse colicks or something. Colic surgery can be up to $10000 and your horse is bound to colic at least once in his/her life.
    Oh believe me, I'm pretty quick about it when I know a horse is colicing. There's always Banamine around in the barn. A horse has never died from colic or has even gotten it bad enough for the vet to come out at our stable. It's usually only a 15-20 minutes occurance. I'm not saying it could ever happen, though, just saying.
         

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