Today I finally had a Monday off, so I attend the New Holland horse auction in New Holland, Pennsylvania. The first thing I noticed is that it seemed empty of horses. At previous sales every single tie post was full. Today 2/3rds of them were empty, and very few horses were in the pens in the back.
I also noticed a lack of attendees. Those who were attending weren’t buying. The sales start off with tack items first, but today very little of it sold.
On to the horses: I was shocked to see such nice horses being no-saled (bids much lower than owner’s reserve).
My shock of the day: someone dropped off a pair of adorable foals, who other than needing grooming appeared healthy. When they went into the ring, nobody bid. Nobody. The auctioneer dropped the price lower and lower. Finally when it hit $10 someone bid. Nobody countered. A buyer walked out of there with two really nice foals for $10 each. It really begs the question why anyone is still breeding right now, if foals are practically being given away?
A really nice, quiet, broke Belgian mare appeared at about the same time (as mentioned in a previous posting). I personally wanted to cry when I saw the total lack of interest. When I found out Equihab could have her and a sponsor was paying her $85 price, I nearly broke down in tears.
There were quite a few other nice horses there. Prices were low, and while I was there I didn’t see a single one come close to even $1,000. Even the cute little minis had low interest today, and some could be had for <$100 or <$200.
Hopefully this was an unusually weak sale due to the huge blizzard we’re all still digging ourselves out of. It’s the lowest prices and lowest number of horses I’ve personally seen in the years I’ve gone to the New Holland Sale.
If you’d like to check out this sale for yourself, it runs every Monday. Tack starts at about 8am, followed by horses at about 10am. New Holland Sales Stables, 101 W Fulton Street, New Holland, PA. (No Web site available) Just be sure to bring someone with a sharp eye. Bring cash for the best price; they don’t accept all checks and there is a buyer’s premium on credit cards. Coggins can be done on site in 1-2 hours. Please: don’t forget to always quarantine any horse you bring home from any auction.