You just aren't listening people. Wayne Pascal of the HSUS has told Congress and everyone else that will listen that there is NO unwanted horse problem. He tells his gullible followers (and donors) that the only reason horses are going to Mexico to be slaughtered is because evil killer buyers are outbidding rescues and individual people who really wanted to buy the horses.
The Sale down the road has over 100 head go straight to Mexico from almost every sale. Most of these horses had no one else that bid on them other than the killer buyers. They are also the only bidders on many of the green-broke registered horses that go through the auction. Both of the biggest killer buyers that come to this sale will have kids that work for them that try them out and if they ride at all, they will try to sell them for saddle horses. They are worth $100.00 to $200.00 more that way than in Mexico. The main killer buyer at this sale buys under the company name of B and R. When they are going on a semi Tuesday morning straight to Mexico, they get penned off to 'B & R straight'. The better registered horses he buys are penned to 'B & R 4'. The ones he takes home to try out are 'B & R 5'. It is not unusual for him to buy the highest selling horses at the sale -- particularly cutting breds and reining breds along with the cheapest slaughter-bound horses. It is not uncommon for him to buy more than half of the horses at this sale. Between him and George Baker from Stroud OK, 3/4 of the horses at the sales have been going to them. But, they sell everything they can privately for more money. The ones they don't get sold will finally go to the slaughter house. These buyers are traders, order buyers and killer buyers.
The last 3 or 4 sales, saddle horses have come up significantly and a lot more of them are going back out into the country. It is looking more hopeful. There are plenty of people at every sale. 'Good' horses are always high. Decent horses usually get a home. The rest -- no one else bids on them or wants them.
If there are no other bidders, they are truly 'unwanted'. If the killer buyers were not at every sale, I really do not know what would happen to all of the horses that no one else bids on. The sale owners said he will close the sale down. If that is the case, the 2500 to 5000 horses that go straight to Mexico from this sale every year will end up starved or abandoned. There will be NO PLACE for them to go.
And as for Ladytrails story -- we have run into several people that have put pipe gates up over their cattle guards because they kept coming home to find horses in their pasture. Of course, the HSUS thinks they are all lying because there are no unwanted horses. Yeah -- right!
Last edited by Cherie; 03-24-2012 at 11:14 PM.