About The 2019 MU Equine Program's Online Horse Auction & Fundraiser
The MU Equine Teaching Facility, a part of the Division of Animal Sciences, is known for raising quality horses with remarkable athletic potential since 1959! Horses raised in this program have excelled in many different events including cutting, barrel racing, roping, hunt seat, jumping, eventing, and western pleasure showing. Each November, the MU Equine Program offers a select group of horses for sale. The MU breeding program raises four to six foals a year, with an emphasis on quality not quantity. These horses are of various ages and have been trained by undergraduate students in coordination with courses taught at the MU Equine Teaching Facility. We generally sell a combination of riding horses and youngstock, with most young horses bred and raised by students in our program and riding aged horses donated by generous program supporters.
All proceeds benefit the MU Equine Program and support student activities within our teaching program! Funds are directly used to care for our teaching herd and purchase classroom supplies. Additionally, this auction provides our students with valuable real-world experiences by training horses and professionally communicating with potential buyers. It is with your help that we are able to continue to educate the future faces of the equine industry.
Our sale provides tremendous hands on opportunities for our students to learn about careers in the equine industry, but also professionalism and thinking on their feet. It is our goal to place these horses in quality, life-long homes. To achieve this mission, all horses are sold with complete medical records and detailed daily journals of each horse’s training program since birth. This information is available by request to prospective buyers. We jokingly say each horse is sold with their own personal “owner’s manual”!
Our primary goal is to teach our students about responsible horsemanship by providing complete histories on each horse and doing our best to place horses in long-term homes by being honest and forthcoming with each horse’s history. Our University of Missouri equine program has been successful in providing our Equine Behavior & Training students with experience handling and training a wide variety of horses. This class focuses on natural equine behavior and strategies for modifying their response to stimuli through training. Students also gain patience and improvement in their own communication with peers by fine-tuning their non-verbal communication and timing of reinforcements with their assigned horses.
Students in our Equine Facility Management & Marketing class learn professional skills such as taking photographs for equine marketing, writing descriptions on individual sale animals, creating sale portfolios for each horse (including a large amount of proofreading), interfacing with clients at our sale preview event, and producing videos highlighting each individual animal’s training. Throughout the semester, this class also practices critical thinking and problem solving by actively managing and caring for the MU Animal Science equine teaching herd. After the sale is over, this class switches gears and focuses on examining the economics of running an equine facility and will focus on ways to generate income through various aspects of the equine industry.
All bidding occurs on-line so buyers know the current price and can bid accordingly. Bidding will open mid-October and will close at 7:00 pm CST on November 14th, 2019. We will host a Horse Sale Preview on Saturday, November 9th, 2019 between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to allow potential buyers to visit at their convenience to personally inspect our sale horses and see them being presented by their student trainers. We invite people to come to this event, even if you aren’t interested in purchasing this year, to learn about our program and support our student’s hard work.
What’s unique about purchasing from our sale?
- By purchasing a horse, you are directly contributing to the education and training of our next generation of horsemen and women!
- It is our goal to place these horses in quality, life-long homes. To achieve this mission, all horses are sold with complete medical records and detailed daily journals of each horse’s training program.
- Sale portfolios will be available for inspection at our sale horse preview or via e-mail starting November 10th. These portfolios include a letter from the MU Equine Program Coordinator describing the horse, additional photographs, extended pedigree information, training journals, current housing and diet, and complete health records. This sale portfolio is provided to the buyer for future reference.
- All horses are up to date on all routine care. Individual health records are provided in each horse’s sale portfolio. This includes documentation of all vaccinations, deworming, Coggins testing, farrier care, dental care, mild cuts and abrasions, lameness, etc. A veterinary statement will be included for any horses with illnesses or injuries requiring veterinary treatment.
- Horses raised at MU have been worked with since birth by students with varying levels of experience. Due to their extensive handling, they are accustomed to having their hooves, nose, eyes, ears, and mouth routinely handled. They also stand quietly for haltering, grooming, tying, deworming, and vaccinations.
- All our sale horses are desensitized to novel objects such as clippers and tack. They are trained to calmly maneuver various obstacles including ground poles, cross rails, raised wooden platform, and a pool noodle curtain. By sale time, we expect weanlings to trot in hand as well as carry a pony saddle and a snaffle bit. Our yearlings and two-year old will additionally flex to the bit and lunge at the walk and trot under tack.
- This year we are auctioning off a mule that was donated to us by a generous program supporter. We accept only 5% of horses offered to us for our training and sale program. We screen heavily for conformation, soundness, training level, and disposition. Horses with lameness issues, behavioral vices, or those needing intense management are not accepted by our program. After donation, we develop an individual training plan for each horse to advance their training. Donors have offered these horses to our program due to our reputation of marketing with integrity and our history of placing horses with well-matched owners.
- We will continue to add training photos and video links until the sale ends so check back often!
Horse Sale Preview Event:
- We will host a Horse Sale Preview on Saturday, November 9th between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm to allow potential buyers an opportunity to personally inspect our sale horses, browse through their sale portfolio, and view them being worked by their student trainers. This event is held at the University of Missouri Equine Teaching Facility, located at 4400 E. New Haven Road, Columbia, MO.
- The student trainers will be working with the horses throughout the day and our marketing students will be available to visit with prospective buyers. This event is a huge part of providing real-world business experience to our students. Even if you are not in the horse market this year, consider stopping by to visit our program and encourage our students on all their hard work!
For information on bidding, release of horse to successful bidder, payment, and other auction conditions make sure to read out full sale Terms & Conditions at the top of our page.
For information contact us at (573) 884-7836 or MUEquine@missouri.edu.