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MSU offers horses in online auction
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Bidding is underway on a variety of horses from the Mississippi State University research herd.
MSU is offering 24 horses, registered with the American Quarter Horse Association, through an online auction that will conclude at 6 p.m. Nov. 21. The sale includes five 2-year-olds that have been started under the saddle, five yearlings and 14 weanlings. Prospective buyers can read descriptions of each horse and see photos and video at https://auction.msucares.com.
“Opening bids range from $300 for weanlings to $1,500 for 2-year-olds,” said Clay Cavinder, equine specialist with the MSU Extension Service. “All of the money from the sale will go back into the horse programs, classes and research conducted through Extension, the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.”
Each horse is available for viewing at the MSU Horse Unit. For an appointment, contact Jamie Speed, an agricultural technician with animal and dairy sciences, at 662-769-2875.
Steve Hankins of the Extension Center for Technology Outreach is the auction administrator. He said the auction site has a “no snipe” feature.
“If someone bids in the last two minutes on an individual horse, that horse (and only that horse) will automatically add two minutes to its sale time,” he said. “This will continue until there are no bids for two minutes. This prevents someone from sniping a horse from other bidders at the last second.”
Payments will be due when buyers pick up horses between 10 a.m. on Nov. 23 and 3 p.m. on Nov. 30. Methods of payment include cash, check or credit/debit card. Buyers can make credit and debit card payments on the auction site. Buyers who have not picked up their horse by Nov. 30 will be charged a boarding fee of $8 per day.