MU Online Horse Auction and 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 University of Missouri 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 in our program and riding aged horses donated by generous program supporters.

All proceeds benefit the MU Equine Program and support student activities at the MU Equine Teaching Facility! 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”!

One overreaching 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 MU Equine Program provides our Equine Behavior and 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 Division of Animal Sciences 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 online so buyers know the current price and can bid accordingly. Bidding will open mid-October and will close at 7 p.m. CST on Nov. 11, 2021. We will host a Sale Horse Preview and Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to allow potential buyers to visit at their convenience and personally inspect our sale horses being presented by their student trainers. We invite people to come to this event, even if you are not in the market for purchasing a horse, to learn about our program and support our student’s hard work. Our Silent Auction will feature both equine and non-equine items and gift cards.

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 and Silent Auction or request via email starting Nov. 7, 2021 (MUEquine@missouri.edu). 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 the MU Equine Teaching Facility 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. Our yearlings will begin lunging quietly at the walk and carry a bridle. Our two-year-olds will additionally begin to flex to the bit and lunge at the trot.
  • We will continue to add training photos and video links at facebook.com/MUEquine until the sale ends so check back often!

Sale Horse Preview and Silent Auction:

  • We will host a Sale Horse Preview and Silent Auction Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 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.
  • Our Silent Auction will feature both equine and non-equine items and gift cards. All items have been graciously donated by program supporters to assist with our fundraising efforts. The silent auction ends at 2 p.m., but you do not have to be present at the closing to claim your purchase.
  • 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 and Conditions.

You can also follow us at facebook.com/MUEquine for weekly updates and video clips. Video clips may also be accessed by visiting youtube.com/MUEquine. We will continue to add training photos and video links to our sale page so check back frequently!

Sale Horse Preview and Silent Auction: Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., MU Equine Teaching Facility, 4400 E. New Haven Road, Columbia, Mo.

Online Auction: Bidding starts mid-October 2021. Bidding ends Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, at 7 p.m. CST. Horses must be picked up by noon on Nov. 17, 2021.

Questions about sale horses can be directed to Marci J. Crosby, 573-884-7836, crosbym@missouri.edu.