What can I say? I couldn’t stand to miss another sale so I decided to make the trip to Mt. Hope for the Mid-Ohio Fall Draft Horse Sale. As always, it was a sight and experience to behold.
The number of horses entered in the sale seemed to out-number sales I had attended in the past. Horses were tied in stalls in all the barns, in tents and stalls were even set up out in the open without a tent to cover them. I had never seen that before. Not to mention the horses that were tied in every possible space in the old barn.
It is hard to really truly get an idea of what the sale is like without being there. Since I had some friends selling horses this time, I decided to video as they walked their horses back to their assigned stalls in the barn after hitching them. The video is shaky because we were walking but it gives you an idea. Actually, this trip was calmer than normal because often horses are going both directions in the aisle while people are trying to walk through at the same time.
As long as everyone keeps enjoying the video and photos I take, I’ll probably keep attending the sale, because it really is a fun and very exciting experience.
Take a look at the photo gallery and video below from the sale.
Horses never stop driving and hitching and unhitching at the arena.
Horses drive in and out of the arena at the same time that horses are line driving to wagons to hitch.
If you have a team that will stand still to be hitched during all the craziness going on at the sale, I’d say they are pretty well broke.
The hitch committee inspecting horses.
Among all the madness of the sale, this young man was showing of this riding horse that was entered in the sale by riding it bridleless.
Another sale entry strutting its stuff before the hitch committee.
A new building is being built on the sale site.
This horse was connected to a contraption that helped make homemade ice cream when he walked.
These mules belonged to an Amish friend of mine. They seemed happy to be at the sale.
Cars and trailers are stacked side by side as far as the eye can see.
I had never seen stalls set up outside before.
Horse, people and buggies crowded the entire property where the sale is held.
Horses wait for their turn to drive before the hitch committee, which evaluates the soundness/drivability of all driving horses entered in the sale.
Kim Lemmon has been a member of the Ohio’s Country Journal staff since 1999. She is currently the manager editor. This position requires her to position the advertisements and articles in each issue. She also is required to write a weekly blog and oversee the “Horse Sense” section of the paper.
Kim graduated from The Ohio State University in 1999 with a major in Agricultural Communications and a minor in Equine Science. Kim and her husband, Mark, reside in Morrow County.
The Lemmons currently own a Percheron mare and several mini horses. They raised pygmy goats for several years, and although they no longer own or breed goats they have several friends that still do so they manage to still stay fairly active in that portion of the livestock industry.
Kim has owned horses since she was a child and has been involved in many aspects of the horse industry since that time. From 2002 until 2010, Kim operated her own riding lesson program that included coaching 4-H members, adults and a college equestrian program. She is also a former 4-H horse judge.