They won't all go for $400. I've gone to the sale and they go from no-sale to roughly $2000. We bought two, a perfectly sound but small, well bred guy for $500 (who went on to win at BN the following summer) and one for $400 (who turns out is clean legged but has cloudy eyes--doesn't appear to have any trouble seeing, but looks a bit odd). Both were good horses at a dirt-cheap price! I bid on 3 others, two got over the price I wanted to pay and one no-saled.
You can get a nice horse for not much $$ at this sale, but I would very strongly encourage going the day before (or at the very least be at the barns at 5 AM Saturday) to go through the barn and look at what's available. We saw one big guy we would have bid on in a heartbeat if we hadn't talked to his groom before hand and found out he needed knee and ankle injections to be running sound.
I have also directly donated money to purchase some older, less than sound horses so they can be retired rather than sold off for other purposes. One of them is now at the TRF--one of these days I'm going to go meet him in person! If you want to donate I suggest contacting Keely at CANTER IL (she's exceptionally busy doing all the auction photographs on her own time, bless her heart), Nancy Scott at CANTER OH, Joanne at CANTER MI--I'm not sure if the other CANTER branches have the ability to have CANTER owned horses (Fairweather? What's the scoop?)
If you can't keep another horse, you can contribute the the wellfare of "less than useful" horses by donating money to the TRF, and other worthy organizations if you'd like to give something back to the wonderful animals that give us all so much joy.
to tell you the truth, I've never seen uglier horses than that, look at them they all have 45 degrees back going down, those are not racers, never been, bred with pieces I call that, that's def. the end the way I described it, well done.
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Just curious on my part.... one horse that caught my eye on CanterIllinois and again going to this auction is "Josh Daniel". Is there any reason that people don't seem to "like" him? I am just curious because he really catches my eye (not quite sure why!!! just love his look), and yet he doesn't seem to be getting that much "attention". What is it about him that doesn't appeal to people??
And also a bump for the sale! I wish I could go but it is quite a distance away, and I don't think I could quite have another horse right now (although I would probably take that colt in an instant).
I kinda like Bell Buzzer, since I think my next one will be a husband horse. An older horse, trail ridden, with a soft and kind look. Bad angle on the pic, and I can't tell what he's built like, but I like his eye. *shrug*
I make the assumption that if they've raced, they must have at least passable conformation. I think all the horses on the site are lovely. I hope they are picked up by the majority of wonderful BB'ers on this board!
Enjoytheride - Cat Girl's Love is my top pick as well. She looks very elegant even in her present condition. With some groceries, I think she'd be stunning, & if she has a nice personality, I can see her as a terrific sporthorse mom.
My body is a temple - unfortunately, it's a "fixer-upper".