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    01-31-2011, 04:27 PM
Views on horse auctions & rescuing

Hi everyone. I wanted to know your views on horse auctions and rescuing horses so they have no chance of going to slaughter.

When we find some land, I don't want to offer boarding because it would be a family based farm and having outsiders is just out of our handle range.. Instead, I would like to have a small barn and a few paddocks, always having some horses to work with. On top of a show horse (jumper) and a project, my goal would be to have a couple horses from auctions like New holland, Unadilla, and Camelot. Initially, I would like to save some of the horses and rehab them, and when ready, train them in appropriate disciplines and eventually find them new homes! Do you think this would be cruel, just retraining and selling to new homes? My goal isnt to make money off of them, but really just find great homes.

Also - would you ever do anything like that? Or would you keep your rescue? (I might keep one or two if they were what I was looking for) What OTHER views do you have on auctions?
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    01-31-2011, 04:31 PM
There's nothing wrong with buying horses at auction, putting some training on them, then reselling them. At least they'll have a fighting chance at going to a good home if they're properly trained.
    01-31-2011, 04:37 PM
How is it cruel? By training them you ensure their future (up to the point of course as anything could happen). So I don't see anything wrong at all (although I'd suggest to screen the future home before selling them).
    01-31-2011, 04:49 PM
My only piece of advice on buying from an auction is to buy direct. Don't go through a broker like Camelots auction page on facebook.

Go directly to the auctions, look around, get a number and bid. Don't let your heart do your bidding. You will see sick/lame/thin horses and you will want to save them. Buy something that ended up there on accident. Not because its owner was too cheap to put it down. Sounds harsh, I know. It really isn't.
    01-31-2011, 05:35 PM
Well on one hand, I think it would be something I would love to do in the future since I have the natural ability to train horses. But I also feel bad since I would be buying and training them, and finding new homes (which of course I would screen - would NEVER sell if I didn't feel right selling to them!) and just letting them go.. I think I would be sad just to give up my hard work and an animal I built a relationship with, if you get what i'm saying?

And of course - I don't like buying off the net if I don't have to. I have the ability to go up to new york and new jersey if need be, even every week! So I would definitely go and get a feel of the environment and see what's there, maybe even ever 6 months when I'm not in school (summer and winter).

And no I understand what you're saying corinowalk - I know I can't get attached to that kind of stuff, I think I would def. Be looking for a horse with potential that can go far in life if given the chance, really.

Hey does anyone know if when you get a horse from an auction, if there is a vet there that can do the check ups before you leave or if you bring it home/quarantine it, and then get the vet out there in the next couple of days?
    01-31-2011, 06:19 PM
I don't think auction vets do PPEs, but they will pull a coggins. At an auction it's caveat emptor even more than it is when you're buying a horse somewhere else.

As far as letting an animal go, isn't that the reason why you plan to buy from auctions and retrain? You can't keep them all, and if you want to give them the best shot at a good life, training and reselling is the way to go.
    01-31-2011, 07:12 PM
Originally Posted by victorialicious7    
Hey does anyone know if when you get a horse from an auction, if there is a vet there that can do the check ups before you leave or if you bring it home/quarantine it, and then get the vet out there in the next couple of days?
I can only speak of Thurmont auction in MD... They do coggins just prior to the sale and most horses are sold with (I believe) 3-day warranty (I'm not absolutely positive what it is, but I assume you can call vet to check the horse out). However they also auction horses "As Is" and those have no warranty what so ever. I go to the auction once in while, but some horses there just make me very sad...

You can read more here: Calendar (of course I'm not positive all auctions have something similar)...

camelot, horse auction, new holland, training, unadilla

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