Okay, I have returned!! Nothing much interesting at the sale, my Amish friends were in Kentucky attending a wedding so I didn't get to see any of them :(. There wasn't nearly as much variation up there as there used to be. Most of the horses and mules they had were just crap. Fugly mares with no papers that were in foal to fugly jacks with no papers........guaranteed to make fugly mules with no talent or useablity. Although they did have several standardbred Amish cart horses for sale, I didn't get a pic of any of them. Nice horses though. I did get a pic of the 2 biggest horses at the sale, a pair of Belgian mares that one stood maybe 17.3 and the other was probably 17.2 or so. The darker one was wide as a bus though.
Sorry the pix are kinda crappy, I was a little too far away.
If I remember correctly, they sold the pair for about 1500, both are broke to drive but their feet were god-awful.
This was by far the nicest setup at the whole darn thing. VERY broke team of gray mares that had been used by the Amish to farm all their lives. I think they were 10 and 11.
The Amish kid was showing them off for I think his grandad and did a very good job of it. They sold for 3000.
I didn't get any other pictures but I probably should have. I looked around at some of the riding stock and it was all overbitted, head slinging, no stopping junk with poor confo so I didn't even see anything that tempted me.
There was one nice pair of well-matched belgian mules that came through that were pretty well broke (not perfect but manageable) and they bid them up to 1800 per mule but the owner no-saled them. He was asking 5000 for the pair. Ha, he must not be watching the horse market.
All of the other stuff that sold averaged about 150 to 300 and was a steady line of fugly jacks and mules and half broke mares. We didn't even stay for the whole thing cause there was absolutely nothing of interest to look at.
Needless to say, I feel just slightly disappointed but at the same time anxious. We got to talking with a friend of ours there that is one of the auctioneers and he was telling us about a "select" horse sale that is held twice a year in Stillwater, OK. They do not permit kill buyers and the horses go through a "sifting" process by judges before they go into the sale ring. Then the judges tell the buyers exactly what they think of the horse being sold. I have been debating about selling Koda for a while but I was afraid that he would end up in the kill pen at a regular auction so this might be just the thing to find him a nice home as someone's trail or ranch horse. He may even make a decent show horse with the right kind of riding.
And if he no-sales, I could always put him up on craigslist or something.
So the trip was not a total loss and we did find some collars and hames that should fit John and Bessie so maybe soon, I will have some driving pix too.
And just a side note, I know lots of people have a bad taste in their mouths from seeing horses rescued from Amish farmers but I just wanted to say that not all of them are like that. Every horse I saw up there (that belonged to an Amish person anyway) was well fed with well kept feet and very broke. I'm not talking about the horses they brought in to sell either. I am talking about their own personal cart horses and drafts that I saw around.