Well, for those who checked my first post, I was saying I was going to buy a Paint cross named Shadow.
Well, I've decided against her.
I want to find something a bit bigger, and a bit more broke.
So, Im thinking about going to an auction...
Whats your guys' opinion on this?
Just as appylover said, I've heard many good stories, as well as terrible ones. Some of the horses can look good from the outside, but no one but the horse knows its real past, and if your willing to take a huge risk, go ahead. I hope everything works out though if you do decide to go and get a horse there!
You can find diamonds in the rough, diamonds, and fool's gold.
Horses are commonly drugged and put through. It's a buyer beware atmosphere, and usually there will be no vet there to discuss things with. If this is your first horse, I'm going to say please pass unless you have someone there with you that know the ropes inside and out.
If you'd like you can PM me with your area and budget and I can search around for you as well.
I'm a little sad for Shadow just because, but you know you best.
You'll find at auctions the same as you do with private sellers, great horses, really bad horses, and everything in between. If you don't know auctions and how they work make sure you bring someone with that does. Also don't buy from low end auctions unless you know what your doing stay with auction companies with a national reputation and have soundness take back clauses. And most importantly decide before a horse comes in the ring is your interested and the max you will pay for it. If the bidding gets to what you decided your max was keep your hand down.
Im sad about Shadow too, as I really liked her, but 14 hands is a little to small for me, and being in school wont give me as much time as she needs to be worked with more.
Im down in Pincher Creek, so the Auction I would probably be going to would be the Fort Macleod one, or the Stavely one.
Im not sure my price range yet, but I would ABSOLUTLY prefer not to go over 1000, and even that is a little high (hense wanting to go to the auction in the first place)
I definitely want to look around before I go into the ring, and have the horse picked out. But Im looking for something 14.3hh+, preferably 15h.
Im definitely going to bring someone with me, because this would be my first Auction.
But Im still not 100% anyways about going.
Have you checked some of the online postings such as Horseclicks, Horsetopia or equine.com where you can talk to the actual owners/sellers to get an actual history on the horse you would be interested in?
Another thought is, with an auction, you would not be able to make a agreement to return the horse if say in time the horse didn't adjust or you didn't bond.
Good luck and happy horse shopping.
Yeah I have checked them out, but theres not much that's in my price range, or what Im looking for. Im looking at a 2.5 year old mare, for $1000 with all her tack and brushes, and I really like her. But if I end up not getting her, Im probably going to go check out an auction. I can post pictures of the other mare Im looking at if you would like to see them.