Yesterday was a fun road trip. The farm was approved to buy a team of working draft horses so in preparation Bossman and I (+ friend) drove up to Pennsylvania for the annual Amish Horse Auction. We were scoping out the stock and seeing what the prices were like this year (both were fantastic!). There were a lot of Standardbreds, Belgiums, Percherons and a few Shires for sale. Yesterday was the tack and mare (female horse) portion of the auction. I fell in love with a matching pair of 7 y/o black Percheron mares that were nicely paired and in full, glossy harness. Just beautiful. The pair sold for around $3k… which is not a lot in the horse world. The price did NOT reflect their quality either!
The auction is held each year at a huge facility with different spaces for vendors and temporary horse stalls as well as arenas to show off the hitch horses (pulling carriages and cart) and auction of stock. It was pretty amazing to watch. Although you really need to stay aware of your surroundings because you could easily be stepped on by some of the giant draft horses. And by “easily” I mean there were a few close calls. Also, make sure you sit on your hands during the tack auction. I watched a woman accidentally bid when in reality she was waving to her friend. The auctioneer was nice and let it slide.
The entire day was a lot of fun and 12 hours passed quickly. Lighting wasn’t great for my camera but I did snap a few okay shots on my cell phone. I will try to upload those a little later. Oh, and most important… what did we buy? Well, no horses came home with us … that won’t happen for a while … but we did get a some needed items like shovels, feed pans, and a few other random items during the tack auction at a better price than if we had bought them at a regular store.
Of course, now I want my very own team of draft horses… perhaps that will be another blog in the future.