I have bought there. the sale is pretty simple , you pay the buyers premium when you sell (so price buyer bids in the ring is the price they pay). all you need to leave the horse with (if it sells) is headcollar/leadrope.
the next sale is feb i think. prices were low last sale, but not low compared to sales as a whole
Is there any way you could sell your horse without entering it at Ashford? I'm not being in any way judgemental, but it's a bit soul-destroying for the horse. And there is a month before the next sale.
I have only brought from there and it isn't that bad a place to sell a horse. The only thing i would suggest is put a warranty on and show the horse being ridden as you will make more that way. 2 of the horses I have brought were rideable horses but not shown under saddle and I paid low money for both. The one I brought ridden fetched good money and it isn't unusual for a good horse to sell through there for more than 1500 to 2000
I've been to the sale several times to buy tack and rugs, but usually go and look at the horses.
To be honest, if they're well handled and have seen a bit of life beyond their own field/stable, then Ashford is no problem. They are in a well fenced pen, supplied with hay and water (presumably by the seller?) and just stand there and get looked at, until it's their time to go in the sale ring. Which is small I think, so they get led round.
There's certainly no whips, shouting or distressed horses from what I've seen. It's all pretty relaxed. Apart from the sellers out the back who do all the hammering up and down with crappy tack, wearing trainers and no hats on!
He is advertised and not having any interest, he up for a very low amount for what he is, but when your pregnant, feel like death and spuing up every half hour plus having a 4 year old son, i really do need a quick sale I really wouldnt take a horse to a sales unless i was desperate.