Buying a horse from the sales?

How exactly do you go about buying a horse from the sales? At the risk of sounding stupid here, but do you see it ridden etc? Any help would be appreciated (UK)


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6 Responses to “Buying a horse from the sales?”

  1. <3 Gypsy Vanner <3 says:

    a UK person! woop woop! i hardly see ppl on here 🙂

    horse an expert 😉

    i brought mine from there kinda accidently.

    first off youll need a number these are brought at reception. a small deposit of £10 is usualy required which u will get back at the end. you will NOT see the horse being ridden unless you ask! if you get there really early and a horse is there with tack on with permission u are allowed to try it out and ride it yourself in the correct areas so take your hat. though you will not see it being ridden by someone else unless you ask and they are willing, especialy not in the ring.

    most auction places still work in guinnes…so set yourself s buget and stick to it!!! because believe me its very easy to get carried away! most places have a catalogue which is eitehr available b4 or at the time of sale so check the write up on each horse your interseted in. some are sold with warranty some without.this makes all the difference. dont be too let down if you dont win.

    the horses will be stood in pens. usual owners nearby. ask all sorta of question sif you can thsi will help you loads!

    auctions can be quite intimidating tbh…you feel sorry for them all there. they look so scared, some arent in that gd nick either but you just cant save them all.

    i brought my little un from North Pethy auction as im in Somerset. i paid £52 once converted over. hes a lil welsh sec A…fully papered and registered! FULL parentage! i got a bargain!

    though another time when i went to Exeter horse auction i saw THE most gorgeous mare for sale! she was 9 years old…pure jet black [not a speck of white on her!], 15.2hh kinda cobby. broken in to ride. she looked gorgeous! absolutely stunning! she was also being sold with 5 week old foal at foot. a lil colt. sweet as can be. she also couldve been in foal again due to her been runnign with a coloured stallion. they were sold together for the grand total of £320 i was gutted! truely gutted! 🙁

    but yeahh..any questions or any info youd like lemme know 🙂 more than happy to help XD

    good luck! …x

  2. DeeDee says:

    try to go early. Many of the sellers do like to ride in a pen to show what their horse can do, and hopefully get better bids.

    You can ask the auctioneer to see the registration papers, if any, but you would need to know a bit about bloodlines.

    If the horse is not being ridden, it is in a stall awaiting the sale, and you can go look it over. Always look for limps, hernias, scratches, runny noses or eyes or a cough.

  3. PRS says:

    Usually the higher end sales put out a catalogue ahead of time where you can decide if any of the hoses interest you. You can arrive very early or the day before to view horses that will be offered at the sale. You can often find their owner nearby and you can ask questions about him and ask if you can try the horse. The horses wear a hip number that cooresponds with their number in the catalogue and the order which they will come through the sale. Often the later the horse comes out the cheaper you might get him for.

    If you do get to talk to the owners don’t forget to ask about stable vices, health, soundness, training, what they used him for, who rode him, his show history and anything else that you want to know. Because in an auction, if you are the winning bidder you take him as is.

    The better auctions have a vet on site at all times where you can ask him to look the horse over (usually for a fee)

    I’ve never been to the lower end sales where horses just show up and are run through.

  4. RACH says:

    i have only gone to doncaster bloodstock sales. but they are just walked around outside,people ask for a horse to be pulled out so they can go over it. then in the sale ring they are walked around. if you bid and win you can have them cantered inside.

  5. devilrider13 says:

    High end auctions, usually are a better bet to get a horse that is sound of mind and body….but those too can be a dumping ground for the crazy just because they have a set of papers…

    Sometimes an owner will ride a horse in a ring… Some horses the owners can’t handle and so they get someone to ride for them…

    I’ve riden crazies at an auction for owners that couldn’t ride them..

    Any horse can been riden in a small pen like what is at an auction and made to spin and turn and look like a fantastic horse you can ride off and turn into a super riener or cutter or whatever you are wanting to do…but that is not always true…

    Many horses are bonkers and auctions are a dumping ground for these… You can bute a horse and cover lameness or pain that would make the horse limp and only later does the buyer discover problems…

    Higher end horse auctions offer vets on site for exams and usually offer a auction guide either on their site or in printed form that display most if not all the horses that are going to be run through…This gives you a chance to research satistics on a perspective horse……most lower end auctions you buy at your own risk and once you hand the money over, if the horse is lame or crazy its your problem…

    As for buying… Most auctions require the bidder to register and then they recieve a number… Some auctions require a registration fee… All normally require a bidder to be 18 or older… Anyways… After you’ve found the horse you’d like, you have to listen carefully to the auctionneer…their lanuage is confusing and if you don’t understand their banter, ask someone in the stands to help you out.. Once you start bidding, by raising your hand or the number, if you don’t stop at your limit, its your responsiblity to come up wit hthe money…
    Buyer beware

  6. Just a person who enjoys answers says:

    Turn up on the day and copy everyone else and your soon pick things up.

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