I have been planning to go to an auction for a few months to get some tack. Well I got a new carrot stick, a saddle rack, a hackamore, a foal halter (I don't know why lol), two lead ropes, a riding whip, a breast collar, a couple brushes, a nice (used) 16in western saddle, 2 bridles, girth, pad, and some nice reins, all for under $200.
Well the horses started at 1:00. I thought I'd stay to see how much the horses go for. The first horse was a bay QH mare, totally broke to ride, big stocky, reining lines sold for $900. Second was an Arabian Stallion, not broke, about 3 went for $75. He was actually dumped at the auction house that night along with an Arabian mare (who was sold for $100). The third was an 18h Belgain mare, broke to ride and drive, shown, nice long mane, beautiful horse, went for $250. I was thinking about it but I know that I can't afford to feed a draft horse, so I passed. The next was a beautiful buckskin mare, reining trained, awesome horse $900. Then came a sorrel stallion, no white on him at all, nice brand on his hind, registered, reiner, he got the most $1500. The rest went from $100 to $800. There was a little bay mare that was lame as can be and she brought $25. I felt bad for her.
I eyed three horses when I got there but I only had so much money with me. The first one I eyed was the buckskin mare, she went for more than what I had. The second one I eyed came in and wasn't put his weight right on his right leg, so I passed on him. Then the third came in. He's an unregistered tank of a horse. Palomino, about 10, broke as broke can be. I had $600 with me just in case I found something I liked. I got him for EXACTLY $600. Couldn't be happier!
I don't have any pictures of him right now but I'm going to go get some. He needs his hooves done so I'll probably wait until then. His name was Starburst (bleh). Usually if I rename a horse I like to name them something similiar, but yea. I'm about 80% sure his new name is Dallas.
Anyway, after he went through there were a couple Missouri Fox Trotters that went for $200 a piece. A single foot gaited mule that brought $300. A really big Walker mare that sold for $450. Nobody sold to slaughter except that lame mare. The person I went with pointed out the meat buyers. The last horse to go through was a bomb proof little paint pony mare. She had been in parades, had a 4 year old riding on her. She was sold for $80! I couldn't believe it! If I had brought the extra cash I would have snatched her up.
It was a pretty good day. Except for the fact that my head rattled for hours after the auction was over. I had exactly $3 left of my birthday money when I came home, lol.