Buyer Information

Buyer/Adoption Online Application Form

BENEFITS OF THE SAFE HORSE AUCTION FORMAT

The Safe Horse Project seeks to change the way the horse industry buys and sells horses. How many times have you driven hours to look at one horse only to realize it wasn’t the right one. It’s the same for those trying to sell their horse. Advertising your horse in this day and age and not knowing anything about the buyer is a scary thing. We are providing the venue for an open and honest forum designed to ensure that the horses involved in the sale will find happy, safe, long term homes with new owners that are satisfied with their new equine partner because they have purchased a horse that is truly suited to their needs and experience level. The Safe Horse Auction horses have been reviewed carefully and selected for participation with the goal of presenting horses that are sound, healthy and have at least basic ground riding and/or driving training (miniature horses and donkeys may not be trained to ride or drive, but will be at least halter broke).

Buyers are also screened to ensure that they can provide their new horse with the appropriate care and maintenance required to keep it healthy and well cared for. The format of the Safe Horse Auction will provide the tools to optimize the right horse/right home effort: buyer & horse screening and owner matching methods similar to those used by rescue organizations; trainer evaluations; owner education; ongoing guidance; training seminars and other support information. The Safe Horse Project recognizes that training both horse and rider is needed in order for a true partnership to be established. To assist with that process, ongoing support will be provided through training clinics offered to both the horse and its new owner after the horse is in its new home.

A photo or video can’t communicate like the horse itself can therefore we require you meet your horse in person. At the Safe Horse Auction, there will be several horses to meet and you never know when that magic connection might happen with a horse that you totally overlooked on the web site. The trainers will also be on hand to suggest horses they feel will work for you.

HOW THE SAFE AUCTION WORKS

Due to the coronavirus, the Safe Horse Auction will schedule approved buyers to meet the horses and trainers through the week of May 2 through May 8 to ensure safe social distancing while allowing interested buyers time to see all the horses. Potential buyers can evaluate and test ride sale horses under supervision. The horses will be at different locations, the Fordice Equine Center in Jackson, Twelve Oaks in Canton and L&C Horsemanship, Wilsonville, AL. Their location will be listed on their web site page.

THE BIDDING PROCESS

ALL BUYERS MUST COMPLETE THE BUYER APPLICATION FORM AND BE APPROVED BEFORE SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT TO MEET THE HORSES.

THIS IS A SEALED BID SALE – Approved applicants will receive an email with the buyer/bid sheet to be completed and returned no later than 12 noon, May 8th. The horse’s listed minimum bid indicates that the Seller will accept that price from an approved buyer if no higher approved bid is received. If you really want a particular horse you should consider the most you would be willing to pay for it. If there are no other bids, you pay the listed price but if there are several wanting the same horse, your high bid could help you get it. While the highest bid won’t guarantee the winning bid, it will help if the seller is pleased with all home offers.

So what if you like three horses but only want to get one?  If the Buyer/Bidder wishes their bids to be considered only if they are not the successful bidder on a more preferred horse, then you will show that by indicating the order of purchase preference. (Bids on horse #2 will only be considered if the bid for horse #1 was unsuccessful. Bids for horse #3 will only be considered if the bids for horse #1 & #2 were unsuccessful, etc.) Conditional Bids will be removed from subsequent horses once the Buyer/Bidder is the successful high bidder on a horse from their list.

You will be contacted via email by 5 p.m. May 8th if you have the winning bid. The owner or trainer will contact you to schedule a time to pick up your horse or to have your horse transported to you.

WHAT AND WHO DETERMINES THE WINNING BID

The primary goal of The Safe Horse Auction is to match the right home to the right horse. Sellers know their horses better than anyone and may choose the person (not the highest bid). Sellers have the right to decline an offer for any reason.

WHY IT IS TO YOUR BENEFIT TO SUBMIT YOUR BUYER APPLICATION EARLY

The screening of buyer applications can take several days to process. Until the screening process is complete, the applicant can not schedule an appointment to meet the horses. So the sooner you’re approved, the sooner you can schedule your appointment.

WHEN CAN WE TAKE THE HORSE HOME?

Having the bidding process over several days prevents you from taking the horse home with you that day. Sometimes it’s a good thing to go home and sleep on it before making a commitment.

WHAT IF WE GO THROUGH ALL OF THIS AND DON’T GET A WINNING BID?

Taking the time to fill out the application and attend the adoption event lets us know that you are serious about finding the right horse for you and your family. If you don’t find it at the safe horse auction, you will now have a network of trainers and rescue organizations that will be looking to help you find that special horse. Rescues are continuously getting in horses that need loving homes. Many that are still in rehab and training today will be ready tomorrow.