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post #31 of 81 Old 10-17-2010, 06:01 PM
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Mom and I have gotten a few young horses from auctions back in MN...the auctions we went to were predominantly livestock oriented, so there were LOTS of kill buyers there. The lowest price we paid for a horse there was 10 bucks! It was a reg'd QH, and really nice build! I think if you know what you are looking for in a horse, you can find decent ones there; I don't believe the garbage that some people say that there are only 'trash' horses there...not true. You just have to know what to look for. And I prefer to buy young horses (under 1 yr) as you're pretty much guarenteed an 'unbroke' mind, with little handling, so less bad training.

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So WHAT BREEDS are typically there? How many horses? Are there usually any arabs
I just talked to my mom..It's looking like we will be back in Ohio for thanksgiving (No college for a 6 days of wonderful vacation? Oh yes thanksgiving please come! haha?) . I calculated and it's like a 180 mile or so drive to Shipshewana (like that name. Fun to say. haha). So if we're there we'll either borrow Grandpa's truck or rent a car and come up.
If I come...would anybody experienced be willing to help me look/evaluate horses?
How much does a horse typically go for at Shipshewana? (when I say horse, I'm being vague but I really mean something with training, and no apparent lameness).

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post #33 of 81 Old 10-17-2010, 07:04 PM
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Althena, which ones are yours on craigslist (and are you on the MI southwest CR or Southbend)?
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post #34 of 81 Old 10-17-2010, 09:27 PM
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So WHAT BREEDS are typically there? How many horses? Are there usually any arabs
I just talked to my mom..It's looking like we will be back in Ohio for thanksgiving (No college for a 6 days of wonderful vacation? Oh yes thanksgiving please come! haha?) . I calculated and it's like a 180 mile or so drive to Shipshewana (like that name. Fun to say. haha). So if we're there we'll either borrow Grandpa's truck or rent a car and come up.
If I come...would anybody experienced be willing to help me look/evaluate horses?
How much does a horse typically go for at Shipshewana? (when I say horse, I'm being vague but I really mean something with training, and no apparent lameness).
Like I said, QHs, Paints, Appys, Gaited horses, Arabs, OTSBs, and Mules you will definitely see there.

Price wise, it honestly depends. The last horse we bought there was a Standardbred gelding. He's about 6-8 y/o, broke to drive, he's a big healthy boy, and was everyone's favorite. We wanted him, bought him for $425. His name is Rex. It was a regular Friday sale, and there was probably 30 horses there. At a Black Friday sale, there will probably anywhere from 100-200 maybe more. I haven't been to a big sale for almost a year. He turned out great. We bought him last April and two months later he was already a trail horse for customers.



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post #35 of 81 Old 10-17-2010, 09:34 PM
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I went to one in August and there were registered QH's that went for $200, an Arab that went for $225, a leopard spotted POA that sold for $10, I bought my Appy for $470, APHA paints for $300, TWH yearling for $225, etc. The most expensive one was a Suffolk Punch cross that was STUNNING but was almost certainly drugged. It went for $1550. Mind you this was on a normal Friday sale.

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post #36 of 81 Old 10-18-2010, 02:45 AM
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Last years Black Friday sale had two pony rings with close to 200 ponies. The horse ring was smaller and most were cheaper then the ponies. It was crazy to see the dead broke, papered, show type horses going for $500 when the mean, grade, unbroke ponies went for $800 and up. No telling what will be there this year but in the couple weeks I have been there this year at regular Friday sales, they were right in there with the big sale.

Arabs are almost ALWAYS there. They go DIRT cheap... I got a yearling filly with papers for $150. And that was September of 2001, BEFORE horse prices dropped drastically there. And I do not mind looking at any horse you are interested in. I will even hop on most of the stock there. I almost always see a horse standing by itself or next to crazies and after a few minutes of getting to know the horse, I will slide onto its back. I have even ridden some that had no owner in the back lane with just the halter and lead. Not that there will be many horses without their sellers at the black friday sale but it could happen.

I will have to repost my ad on Cragslist. Its in the SW Mich cause it actually covers a bigger distance, I found my 5 month filly from down by Ft Wayne by searching the SW Mich. area. The ad lists several ponies for sale. We sold one the first day but there are two others plus I believe we are thinking of looking for a home for a QH gelding that USED to run barrels. He was donated to a camp and we ended up with him. My mom rides him, she got dumped a few times, and after about 5 years, he FINALLY did a flat footed walk while on a trail ride. He still acts up if the other riders leave him behind but his mind has gotten WAY better. The reason we are looking for a home for him is, I started training other peoples horses and he gets picky about other geldings coming into the herd. If the gelding acts studdish then Cody chases and tries to run him relentlessly away. This wont work very well when I have show horses staying for training so we are going to have to part with him. We have 3 other geldings that he shares the herd with but a couple others that have come in, have not been welcome.
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Last years Black Friday sale had two pony rings with close to 200 ponies. The horse ring was smaller and most were cheaper then the ponies. It was crazy to see the dead broke, papered, show type horses going for $500 when the mean, grade, unbroke ponies went for $800 and up.
Arabs are almost ALWAYS there. They go DIRT cheap... I got a yearling filly with papers for $150. And that was September of 2001, BEFORE horse prices dropped drastically there. And I do not mind looking at any horse you are interested in. I will even hop on most of the stock there. I almost always see a horse standing by itself or next to crazies and after a few minutes of getting to know the horse, I will slide onto its back. I have even ridden some that had no owner in the back lane with just the halter and lead. Not that there will be many horses without their sellers at the black friday sale but it could happen. .
THANK YOU! YOU ARE AWESOME! And I definitely want an arab or arab cross..So Im crossing my fingers some are there.
I made the mistake of watching a youtube video on horse slaughter yesterday between classes. I've never felt like such a weakling! I mean, I raised a market steer for 4-H and watched him get loaded on the truck headed to slaughter. I butchered a turkey last month all by my selfe...But watching that video about slaughtering people's PETS all because they were cheap and some guy's out to make a dollar on their carcasses? AWFUL! I feel even more than ever buying something from an auction would be a better contribution than buying someone's horse off of craigslist. If we see something I like, I need all the opinions I can get on if it's a good one to bid on. I really appreciate the input.
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There are several Arabs for sale in our area for just a few hundred bucks. I know a lady who has one for sale. How are you going to get it back to AZ? Are you going to drive it back or pay to have it transported?

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THANK YOU! YOU ARE AWESOME! And I definitely want an arab or arab cross..So Im crossing my fingers some are there.
I made the mistake of watching a youtube video on horse slaughter yesterday between classes.
Hey, no problem. Even though open horse auctions like Shipshewana can be depressing, I have always found sort of a peace there... Sooo many horses and they all have a story. And things have changed there, they are a little more respectable then they used to be. Used to be, any horse that didn't go to a home was treated very badly by the boys that worked there. Now, they almost treat every horse like it has feelings.
Its to bad you weren't around 5 months ago, my mom ended up taking one of our arab mares to the sale. She was green but she was troublesome in her youth and we let her go for a few years plus she had a foal. When we finally decided it was time for her to be broke, she had settled down some. She was a nice bay mare out of Ali Dawn ( allbreedpedigree.com/alli+dawn ). I cant remember her sires name but we ended up getting her mom a few months after we got her. She was a good mom and she was pretty solid minded herself once she got past her goofy years.

There will no doubt be Arabs and Arab crosses at the sale and they will be the cheapest. I cannot tell you what the prices will be as each year, the black friday sale has surprising prices but I can tell you that Arabs are the cheap ones... Kinda sad. If they were more valuable, that is all I would have... As it is, I have turned into a paint owner and start showing in December.
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When I was looking to buy a horse I went to my local auction every Mon where there are hundreds of horses each week. I decided I am not the right person to buy from an auction, even though you can get a bargain. I am not strong enough to turn around a horse and put it back in the auction the following week when I find out if there is something wrong, and I cannot afford more than one horse.
So I bought privately and paid 3x more, but had it on a weeks trial so I could get him vet checked.
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