Well, if you decide to go, for sure let me know. It's only a couple minutes from me, so we could maybe meet up there if you are feeling better by then
I know a few have gone for pretty good money, like $5000+. But that was in previous years.
Last year I don't think they had quite the turnout, and prices weren't as good. The ones that go for good money are the ones that look to have a TON of promise in reining. Most of the bloodlines are reining, and the local reining barns (some of the same that donate the colts to the program) will buy up the ones they think will make it in the reining world. If you look at the sale catalog, you will see a lot of Hollywood Dun It, Doc o Lena, Doc Bar, Freckles Playboy, etc. They're very well bred, and many of the sires have show records in reining.
The ones that don't look like they're gonna cut it in reining go for less. And if it doesn't have color or flash, they go for even less.
I've never gone, I've just heard how they normally go. I'm thinking of going to see how well they sell with how bad the market is.
Yes, the idea of them getting worked so soon does worry me, also. What I would do if I bought one from there would be to give it time off, until they're a good 2 1/2, then do some light work, then let them sit until they're 3. I'm not looking for anything to buy, though, and mom will consider that young of a horse only if it seems level-headed, as she would put it to pasture until it was older, also.