Originally Posted by dbarabians
The Texas and southwestern Cattle raisers association is responsible in Texas for inspecting brands at auctions.
As Texasgal posted you have to know the county in Texas the brand is registered in to get any information.
I have a similar story about a mare I have posted about before. She has an 86 on her left shoulder and a 0 on her left hip.
There are plenty of ranches that raise foals for to sell as an additional crop. They go to auctions and where they end up is left to fate. With the continued drought conditions ranches are still sending excess horses to auctions to reduce their herds/
Question since I do not attend local auctions how does one know which horses are in the "kill" pen? Shalom
Usually the "kill pen" is a broad term. It depends on the auction house. With Camelot, there's one "feed lot" and the horses that don't sell privately there during their first sale or after, will run through the auction again next week, and if they didn't sell the first week, there's a good chance there's kill buyers looking to pick them off the next week for dirt cheap. At the New Holland auction, some horses go to kill buyers for as little as $10. Even big drafty, beginner safe horses.
At other auctions, kill buyers "rent" a pen inside or outside the auction to hold the horses they buy before they load up and head out, so those are also referenced as " kill pens" although by all technical means...the only dictionary-kill pen is the one outside the actual slaughter house. The technically correct term for the pens most people call kill pens at auctions are actually "feed lots". But that's about how it goes. Generally if you see someone buying up loads of horses for very little money, they're probably a kill buyer, and you just look for their horse pen. Generally, if you give them what they paid or more, it's not uncommon for them to re-sell what's in their pen before they load it on the trailer. They also typically tag the horses once again before they leave so they can tell who-is-who because there's so many.
If I missed anything, anyone else can feel free to add.