Buyer Information

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The Safe Horse Project seeks to change the way the horse industry buys and sells horses. 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 in the auction based upon 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 & Equine Fair 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 some degree of rehab or retraining is required for both horse and rider/handler, 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.

Most of the auction horses will be advertised on the Safe Horse Project’s page and on rescue partner organizations’ social media sites leading up to the auction. Buyers can peruse photos and descriptions of the horses being offered in advance to help them choose individuals of particular interest to be viewed on auction day. However, a photo can’t communicate like the horse itself can. Buyers are encouraged to allow time to walk the barns and meet all of the horses. You never know when that magic connection might happen with a horse that you totally overlooked in the on-line catalog.


Horses will be sold through a sealed bid auction format.  Each horse will have an assigned stall in the sale barns with a Horse Information Sheet displayed on its stall. The information sheet will provide the minimum acceptable opening bid for that horse, as well as pertinent information such as age, breed, training level, type of training, temperament & behavior issues, health and soundness. Also posted on the stall door will be a Bidding Participation List showing the Bidder Numbers of those that have placed a sealed bid for that horse.  Auction Numbers that correspond to the stall will be displayed on the horse at all times so that buyers know where to go to get information or bid on that horse if they see it in one of the viewing areas rather than in the stall.

All auction horses offered by rescue organizations will have a sales contract required, and many of the private sellers will have one also (although it is not required). These contracts are intended to protect the future welfare of the horse and to provide the new owner safe alternatives and options if they find it necessary to rehome the horse that they buy at this sale. If a sales contract is required of the buyer, it will be available for review along with the Horse Information at the stall.

Viewing and showing of horses begins at 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. Sellers will be with their horse at all times during the public viewing time to answer questions. In a few instances, the Seller will have assigned a Trainer to represent them in showing the horse. In those cases, the Presenting Trainer will be named on the stall. Buyers can be directed to a Presenting Trainer by checking at the Trainer Services table. Horses can be shown to potential buyers by the owners and/or trainers only. Round pens are designated for potential buyers and/or trainers to evaluate and test ride sale horses under supervision.



THIS IS A SEALED BID SALE – Sealed bids will be accepted in the Sales Office beginning at noon and ending at 3 p.m. The minimum opening bid will be $300 for horses, $150 for ponies, and $100 for minis or donkeys unless a higher minimum bid has been posted in the Horse Information Sheet. The posted minimum bid indicates that the Seller will accept that price from an approved buyer if no higher approved bid is received. The Seller, or the Seller’s designated agent, has the right to refuse bids from any Seller. If the Seller chooses to reject the bids of a specific bidder for a specific horse, they must notify the Sales Office before the Auction Results are posted. In the event of rejection or disqualification, any sealed bid received by that bidder for that horse will not be opened or considered for the sale of that animal.

If a Bidder intends to bid on a specific horse, they should enter their Bidder Number on the Bidder Participation List that is posted on the horse’s stall and then file a sealed bid in the Auction Sales Office. The opening bid must meet the minimum posted for the sale horse. The bidder should also indicate the highest bid they are willing to make in order to purchase that particular animal. (The high bid is the upper LIMIT, it is not necessarily the price the bidder will have to pay.) The designated high bid from all opened bids will be compared. In the case of multiple bidders, the winning bid will be the highest bid submitted, or $25 above the second highest bidder’s limit, whichever is less.

Potential buyers can submit a sealed bid for ALL horses that they wish to consider for purchase. If the Buyer/Bidder definitely wants their bids to be accepted with no conditions, an Absolute Bidder Form should be submitted. If the Buyer/Bidder wishes their bids to be considered only if they are not the successful bidder on a more preferred horse, then a Conditional Bidder Form should be submitted. That form will allow the bidder to indicate 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.

The number of the winning bidders will be posted on a list outside the Sales Office between 3:15-3:45 p.m., at which time payments will be accepted at the Sales Office. In the event of a tied high bid, a Silent Auction Bid Sheet for that horse will be posted outside the Sales Office indicating the tied bid amount and the Bidder Numbers of the potential buyers involved in the tie. Only the indicated Bidder Numbers will be permitted to participate, and bidding will proceed until a high bid is left unchallenged.

If applicable, “Sales Contract Required” will be noted on the Horse Information Sheet posted on the horse’s stall. Potential buyers are encouraged to review the sales contract before bidding, as placing a bid denotes agreement of the buyer to accept the terms of the contract.


The primary goal of The Safe Horse Auction is to match the right home to the right horse. Buyers are advised that the Seller has the right to make the final decision as to who may purchase their horse.

Pre-screened buyers will have an “Approved Buyer” designation on their Bidder Number badge, indicating that they have completed the buyer evaluation process and the meet minimum requirements for horse ownership.

Buyers who did not apply for participation in the event early enough for their application to be screened will be issued a “Conditional” Bidder Number and can place bids to purchase; however, they will not be able to take home any horse offered by a rescue organization until the buyer screening process is completed and Approved Buyer status is given. Private sellers have the option to follow the same policy as the rescues or may elect to accept a non-approved (Conditional) buyer bid and release their horse on sale day. A private seller may also, at their discretion, accept an Approved Buyer bid over a Conditional Buyer bid (even if the unscreened bidder has offered the high bid) if seller wishes to complete the sale transaction on auction day.

The screening of buyer applications can take several days to process. Until the screening process is complete, the applicant can not be given “Approved Buyer” status. Only Approved Buyers will be permitted to take home the horse that they purchase on the day of the auction except in the few instances that a private seller elects to sell to an un-screened “Conditional” buyer.

Conditional status buyers will be required to pay for the horse on auction day, but will not be permitted to claim their horse until their application is processed and they are given Approved status. Money paid by Conditional Bidders will be held in escrow until the buyer application screening process is complete and the applicant is notified that Approved Buyer status has been granted and arrangements can be made to pick up their new horse. In the event that the application is denied, the entire purchase price will be refunded and the winning bid will move to the next highest bid that was received.


Trainer Services Information:  The Horse Information Sheet posted on the stall of each sale horse will indicate whether or not that horse has a presenting trainer assigned to it or not. If a trainer is listed, it indicates that the named trainer is familiar with that horse and has been retained to answer questions, present the horse, and assist potential buyers to determine if the horse would be a good match with them. The related services of a trainer listed for a specified horse are available at no additional cost to Buyers. If there is no trainer listed on the Horse Information Sheet, potential buyers can arrange for trainer assistance during the posted public viewing hours by placing a request for Training Service and paying the associated fee at the Sales Office.

Horse Assessments

Many of the sellers have contracted trainers to assess their sale horses for this event and to be available to present their horse to buyers. Some will make the written assessments available to the public by posting them with the Horse Information Sheet to help buyers make a more informed decision about the horse’s suitability for their needs. Buyers may, with the Seller’s permission,  also request and pay for a trainer evaluation of a horse if it has not already been assessed. Trainers are available for $30 for a minimum of 30 minutes to do a round pen evaluation and provide a written assessment on what that horse needs moving forward. These assessments aren’t intended to correct bad behavior but to address it and any problems the horse may have. All assessments must be completed before bidding begins at noon.

Buyer Assistance

If a Buyer would like the assistance of a trainer in choosing the right horse for them, they should visit the Sales Office to complete a brief questionnaire and to schedule a consultation. For a $30 consultation fee, a trainer will provide a minimum of 30 minutes of assistance to the Buyer in evaluating the best type of horse for their needs. It is recommended that the Buyer review the horses prior to meeting with the trainer in order to discuss the pros and cons of the horses being considered.

The Safe Horse Protection Package
The $75 fee includes sedation, freeze brand, microchip and lifetime registry in NetPosse Identification Program (NIP) – Equine ID Registry. The bio-hazard freeze brand is being used by equine rescue organizations to visually identify horses that are not safe for human consumption. The brand also indicates the horse is microchipped and its identity can be found by scanning and looking up the microchip ID. Owners can include important information such as copies of registration papers, transfer of ownership contracts, and can include the person or rescue organization to contact if the horse ever needs a home. The  registry helps identify a horse if it is ever lost or stolen and it allows a horse to keep its identity regardless of how many times it changes owners.

Veterinary services
A veterinarian will be on the grounds to provide dental, low cost vaccinations, and basic health checks. These services are by appointment only and prices will vary depending on the service rendered.

Farrier services
A farrier will be on the grounds to provide trims and shoeing. Prices will vary depending on the service rendered.

Correctly matching new owners with the right horse increases the likelihood of a positive outcome. However, we’ve learned that even seemingly well trained horses often have some holes in their training and that even good riders may not be familiar with the training methods and cues required on their new horse. These communication issues between horse and rider can lead to problems and issues that can lead to behavior issues and disappointment. The Safe Horse Project seeks to prevent those problems and enhance the horse owning experience by providing a free training clinic for all buyers that purchase a horse at The Safe Horse Auction. This clinic will be offered on Sunday, May 20th from 9 a.m. until noon. In order to assist the clinicians in their preparations, those interested in participating in the clinic are asked to sign up in the Sales Office after completing the sales paperwork.


If you are unable to take advantage of the clinic offered on the day following the sale, keep an eye out for announcements of future training clinics being offered by our trainers or sponsored by The Safe Horse Project, Mississippi Horses, The Southern Thoroughbred Alliance or The ProPaso US Network. We are committed to helping make horse ownership a safe, happy, and rewarding partnership.

Life happens, and circumstances change that may change the ability or desire of an owner to keep their horse. If at some time in the future you find yourself facing that decision, remember that your sales contract is designed to protect the future of your horse in that situation. If you do not have a return clause in your sales contract, or if you purchased a horse with no contract, please contact either The Safe Horse Project or a recognized rescue organization to get assistance in safely re-homing your horse.