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Andy Schwabe

You’ve already asked this question. But I do like horse auctions, as long as you know what you are doing you can get some really nice prospects there.
At ours they typically go for anywhere from 100 to 1000 $, Canadian of course. Definitely do not get a thoroughbred, because odds are it is off the track and will have lots of hidden leg problems.
You might actually be better off getting an untrained or green horse, because it’s still possible to fix any behavior issues, but this is only good if you have the experience.
As for the drug thing, the obvious signs are if the horse is completely listless, not moving, not showing any signs of anxiousness about being in such a foreign place. Of course, sometimes you simply can’t detect whether they’ve been drugged, but I’m sure there are more signs that are just harder to see.