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post #1 of 6 Old 09-17-2010, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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Would you do it?

I have been looking for a belgian for awhile now and cant really find one that would work for me around here so i wsa thinking of going to a sale barn to see if i can find one, but im nervous about it. I mean what if they dont let me pull one out and really look it over and see how it reacts with me and that kind of stuff, or what kind of chances am i taking getting one that seems good and when i get it home its a holly terror? Ive never bought a horse from an auction but i know so many good horses go through them only to get slaughtered. I just dont know if I should do it. Anybody have any experience with sales barns? What should i ask? Thanks for any advise you guys may have.
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-17-2010, 09:15 AM
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I would definitely take someone who knows a lot about drafts. My friend bought a draft who was actually ridden into the ring. Turns out he had ringbone in three of his feet. Ringbone is common in drafts and is a big reason why they end up in the sale barn.

You may want to go to a couple just to get the feel of it. Our auctions here let people see the horses and the owners are often around to answer questions. But some auctions are different. The last auction I went to half the horses that went into the ring I didn't even see when I walked around the sale barn.
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-17-2010, 10:07 AM
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All sale barns are different. At my local sale, Shipshewana, you can walk in among and handle all the saddle horses to your hearts content. I always feel them over very carefully, check teeth, pick up and inspect all four feet, check heart and breathing rate. You can generally get a good idea of there personality by how they submit to this. Remember most horses will be nervous/distracted at a sale, being in a strange place with strange horses and so much going on. Some people will have them saddled and let you try them, but not very often. The "loose pen" or "kill pen" horses, you ARE allowed to go in with and check out, at my sale barn, but you do so at your own risk. Since most the horses are packed fairly tightly into the loose pens, I generally don't unless there is one I REALLY have to get a closer look at.

If this is your first horse, or particularly your first draft, I would be very careful getting one from a sale. Drafts often have problems at sales, as ShutUpJoe mentioned. Auctions are always a huge risk, and you have to weigh your options. You could get one dirt cheap - but you may have to spend hundreds on vet bills and still wind up with a horse that is not riding sound. As suggested, take someone who knows a lot about horses and is experienced with auctions, with you!

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-17-2010, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you both, this will not be my first draft horse, i have had a belgian and a clyde before, i have also owned horses for the past 5 or 6 years, we are planning on going to a few first to kinda get a good feel, we were told a pair of belgians went through a sale the other night that sold for 185 a piece!! i justr cant believe they were so cheap and health but who knows lol thank you again =)
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-17-2010, 10:57 AM
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A lot of people don't want to feed a Draft through winter. They go for really cheap before and during winter. Just be careful!
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-17-2010, 12:00 PM
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You might take a look at Frog Pond Drafts in Ohio. They are a rescue, who does a fabulous job. It would be well worth your time for sure. They are also on Facebook, if you are so inclined. They almoost always have a Belgian or two.

I would concur with all said above. I go to auctions too, mostly just to watch, would not buy at one, as I do not have the confidencce in my assessment skills, nor do I have unlimited funds to deal with some of the issues, let alone a place to quarantine for 30 days. Shoot-I even scrub my boots and change clothes before I go to my own barns!

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