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Tri-State Draft Horse & Mule Sale 04.27.13 Results

June 11th, 2013

Cool and breezy it was for the sale on Saturday, April 27, 2013.  I thought it was an exceptionally good turnout.  It seemed to me that the flow was better than ever this year.  A timely start led into a pretty steady flow throughout the day.  There were a few statements made early on indicating that sellers should PAY ATTENTION and get their horses to the gate on time or be skipped.  Any sellers skipped because they weren’t ready would have to wait until the end of the sale to go.  They didn’t exactly adhere to that strictly, but it did seem better.

Still a disappointing amount of No Shows and No Sales, but better than last Spring.  I guess there’s just no getting around that.  As usual the Raber family was there with their “show” horses for sale.  They did very well, taking the only sales over $2000.  Top seller was a Palomino QH from the Raber family that went for $4000.


 Sold  /  No Show  /  No Sale  Dollars  Count  % Count
 No Show  $      –  33 14.80%
 NSale  $   12,400  26 11.66%
 Sold  $   96,375  164 73.54%
 Grand Total  $ 108,775  223 100.00%

Of the 164 that sold:

 Type Count % Count
 Mule 63 38.41%
 Draft 41 25.00%
 Horse 30 18.29%
 Donkey 16 9.76%
 Pony 14 8.54%
 Grand Total 164 100.00%

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Tri-State Draft Horse & Mule Sale Fall 2012

October 14th, 2012

October 18 – 20, 2012

Washington County Fairgrounds, Abingdon VA

More details here from

Thursday, 12:00 p.m. & Friday, 9:00 a.m.—Tack Sale

Friday, 5:00 p.m.—Buggy, Wagon, and Carriage Sale

Saturday, 9:00 a.m.—Sale of Draft Horses, Mules, Buggy Horses & Haflingers

Spring sale bids ranged from $50 – $2950, and only about 63% of the entries actually sold, so will be interesting to see how the Fall sale goes.

Moment of Truth: The Horse-Buying Test Ride

June 5th, 2012

From MyHorseDaily, some good things to look for and ask for when shopping for a riding partner.  Check out this article here.

Some of the highlights:

Ask to see her in a stall (to see if she has any stall vices)

Ask to see being caught in a paddock

Push her nose away (does she yield, or brace?)

Observe her being led (does she crowd? lead quietly?)

Ask to have her led away from the barn (is she barn sour?)

Ask to see her tied in a variety of places

Ask to see her loaded into a trailer

Ask to have her feet picked up

Take Your Horse Out to Dinner???

March 29th, 2012

Businesses face lawsuit fears as feds mandate ‘service’ horses be allowed in stores, restaurants


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Ok, no you probably won’t be able to dine with your horse, but it sounded good.  Apparently, miniature horses qualify as service animals in some areas.  I prefer to go out to eat with my horse, as in O U T, on the trail.  That’s way better than eating in a noisy restaurant.


Rope Halters

February 26th, 2012

Rope halters have become very popular, especially in the “natural horsemanship” kinds of training.  The “training” ones are usually a thinner variety of rope, logic being the thinner rope creates a little more attention-getting  pressure than the thicker rope.  I like rope halters, but would not want to have to use them exclusively.  The thicker or thinner variety makes no difference to me.  I just do NOT want one of those with a 30′ lead!!!  I realize they have their purpose and if it works for you, go for it.  For me, give me a lunge line OR a lead line.  I do NOT want a combo.


I guess my favorite thing about rope halters is the NO HARDWARE benefit. » Read more: Rope Halters