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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When and where is the sale?

A. The auction will be conducted online through  There will be no in-person auction in 2024.

The sale opens on April 27th, 2024 and starts to close on May 4th, 2024 at 7pm CT.

Q. How do I register to bid? 

A. To bid on horses you must complete two steps. 

  1. Create an account with DVAuction

  2. After you have created an account, request approval from DVAuction to bid on the UWRF Colt Sale Auction.  Make sure to complete these steps three days prior to the close of the auction so that you are guaranteed to be able to bid. 

Q. Can I come see the horses? 

A. Yes,  Open House/Sale Preview (April 27th & May 4th, 2024


Q. What is the format of the auction and how does it close?   

AThe format of the auction is called a Horse Race Close, which means all lots for this event will close at the exact same time. If a bid is placed within 5 minutes of the closing time, closing times for that event (all lots) will be extended to 5 minutes after that bid. This continues until no bids are placed on any lot for 5 minutes.  This is a great format for buyers because it allows a buyer to switch lots and not miss out on any horse.  Please be advised, due to potential extended bidding, it may take an hour or more for the auction to close. 

Q. How do I get a sale catalog?

A. Sale catalogs will be available online mid April.  

Q. Do the horses have a reserve price?

A. Reserve prices are listed as the opening bid on DVAuction

Q. When can horses be picked up after the sale?

A. Pick Up – UWRF staff will be at the barn on Sunday, May 5th from 9am-2pm and Monday, May 6th from 8am-4pm to load out your horses and collect payment. If you need to come an alternative time we can most likely accommodate you.

Q. If I purchase a horse, can it stay at the university farm after the sale?

A. Purchased horse may stay until the Monday following the sale at no cost. After that time period, you may make

     arrangements for the purchased horse to be boarded for a few days if necessary at an additional cost to you.


Q. Can you line up transportation for us?

A. We can attempt to help you find transportation, however it is the buyers responsibility to find transportation.


Q. What is the vaccination history?

A. The horses arrived at the farm January 2oth and 21st. 

  1. Prior to their arrival horses were  vaccinated with Influenza, Rhinopneumonitis, and Strangles..

  2. February - Any horses not meeting vaccine requirements are vaccinated and boosters are given for Influenza, Rhinopneumonitis, and Strangles

  3. March - All horses dewormed with Quest Plus

    • Fecal egg counts were taken at 2 week intervals after 2/10.  Horses were dewormed as needed based on the fecal egg count. ​

  4. April  - Horses vaccinated with Influenza, Rhinopneumonitis, Eastern & Western Encephalomyelitis, Tetanus, and West Nile vaccines

  5. Hooves were trimmed at the end of February and early April.

  6. All horses have current negative Coggins


Q. How long have the horses been at the university?

A. The horses arrive the last week of January and have been in training course for the past 100 days.


Q. What are acceptable forms of payment?

A. We take cash, check, or credit card (3.5% fee on all credit card transactions).  A wire transfer can also be used with approval and $50 fee.


Q.  If I purchase a horse, when will I receive the registration papers?

A. Once your payment is approved (generally takes about 14 days) registration papers will be sent directly to you.


Q. Are horses subject to sales tax?

A. Yes, All buyers are subject to 5.5% sales tax unless you file the tax exemption form. Download the form here

Q. Does UWRF have radiographs available of the horses consigned to the auction?

A. No we do not, but if you are seriously interested in having a pre-purchase exam completed on one of the horses, UWRF may contact the owner (if time allows) and ask for permission to have a pre-purchase exam completed. If the owner agrees to the pre-purchase exam, the potential buyer with the assistance of UWRF will contract a veterinarian to perform the exam. The potential buyer will be responsible for all costs associated with the exam. Most pre-purchase exams have historically cost between $600 and $1,200. All information gathered in the pre-purchase exam is confidential and will only be shared between the veterinarian and the potential buyer. The owner of the horse and UWRF have no knowledge of the results of any pre-purchase exams that may have been completed on horses consigned to the sale. All pre-purchase exams must be requested at a minimum of 7 days prior to the sale.

Q. Do you have additional pictures of individual horse’s legs and feet?

A. No, the final video posted will contain a short clip of the horse's  front, profile, & rear view along with a short hand walk video.

Q. Do horses that sell on the sale have a warranty or guarantee?

A. Please refer to the catalog for complete terms and conditions. Horse are guaranteed to have a clean title and to have a negative Coggins test result. Please examine horses closely prior to bidding. All horses are sold “as is”. There is no guarantee of any kind as to soundness, health, riding qualities, or any other quality of the horse. UWRF will make an attempt to announce known significant defects that will significantly hinder the horse’s performance, but it is the buyer’s responsibility to shop the horse before bidding. Students and staff will be on hand during the open house to answer your questions. Please feel free to visit with them and ask questions about the horses you are interested in “prior to bidding”.

Q. What biosecurity practices should I follow when visiting the UWRF Horse Facility and what biosecurity practices should I follow when I get my new horse home?   

A. The UWRF equine center is visited by many people that have contact with other animals.  Our facility is also a site where animals from multiple locations commingle during certain events throughout the year.  These conditions create additional risk for the transmission of disease.  To reduce this risk, please take the following steps:

  1. Please disinfect your boots and wear recently laundered clothing when you visit our facility

  2. When you return home, please disinfect your boots and launder your clothing before visiting your animal facilities and contacting your animals

If you are bringing animals to our facility, please ensure that they meet our requirements for vaccination.


If you have purchased a horse on the sale, we recommend you follow the ensuing biosecurity practices when introducing the horse to your facility.  Please note, each buyer will be presented with a  biosecurity instruction sheet at the time of pick up. 

  1. Isolate the new horse away from other horses for 14 days.

  2. During the 14-day isolation period monitor your horse’s vital signs daily.

  3. Coordinate with a UWRF staff member to attain a health certificate, prior to travel.


As stated above, the UWRF Equine Facility is visited by many individuals and has a significant number of transient horses through the facility each day.  Due to this type of environment, there is a good chance that the horses in the program have been exposed to or have contracted a variety of upper respiratory diseases during the semester, such as Influenza, Rhinopneumonitis and or Streptococcus equi. (Strangles) These diseases can be carried by the horse for a significant time after the horse no longer shows symptoms, so it is important that everyone reduce the risk of spreading disease by following the suggested biosecurity practices above. 


When visiting our facility please do not touch or interact with any of the horses outside of the Colts in Training Barn.

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