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post #1 of 6 Old 05-20-2013, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Wink How do BLM auctions work?

I'm planning on attending a BLM auction in Murfeesboro, TN next May. I'm not a big auction person...I usually get my horses from private sellers. I've heard people saying a lot of different things...anyone know how a BLM auction works? And, if you've had experience at one, here's what I'm looking for.

I'm looking for a gelding 3-4 years old. Preferred height is 15-15.1h. Color wise, I like solid black and bays. My budget is $700. People say what the horse goes for can really depend on color and size and such, so do you think I can get what I want with this budget?

I'm not an auction person. So confused.
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First off, you will need to pre-register with BLM in order to become an approved bidder, well before the auction. You must to give them details of where any purchased horse will be kept - fence height, dimensions of pen/pasture/paddock, description of shelter. You will also agree that said horse will be trailered home in an open stock-type trailer, not a 2 horse or slant load as these are wild horses, not ones you can walk up to with a halter and lead quietly.

Pricing will be all over the board. You may get one for $700 or they may go up to many thousand.

Prior to worrying about price, color, or height, PLEASE SERIOUSLY CONSIDER whether you have the ability, time & knowledge necessary to gentle a wild animal. Mustangs can be extremely sweet, smart and rewarding to work with once gentled, but the first few weeks can be extremely dangerous, even to an experienced horseman.
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Prior to worrying about price, color, or height, PLEASE SERIOUSLY CONSIDER whether you have the ability, time & knowledge necessary to gentle a wild animal.
Agreed fully.

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Thanks you guys. I got pre-approved, so I meet the requirements. Worked with quite a few new mustangs for other people, just decided I wanted one of my own! I was just wondering if the bidding is silent or not, and how they go about auctioning them.It'll seem like I know what I'm doing when I get there a bit more. I may attend a few cattle and local horse auctions just to get the jist of things.
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It really depends on the location and how they are handling it. The one I went to here in KY they didn't even auction off the horses and approved adopters that day. All horses and burros went for $125 as there was no bidding. It was first-come first-serve type of thing so you wanted to be there early for the best pick. (And funny thing there - I didn't even get the boy I wanted while there but later got to adopt him through a TIP trainer. Worked out nice!)

I haven't been to a actual bidding BLM auction, but I suspect the taller horses will bring in more as will the flashy colored ones. The colors you are looking at are pretty common, so the only thing that will bring up the price is height as most mustangs are 14-15 hands. Also be warned the heights listed are just rough estimates. My boy was listed as 15 hands and he really is only 14.2. However, 'stangs are strong and stocky so I'm not concerned.

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For $700, you can probably get two or three nice mustangs from blm.


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