Monday afternoon was the monthly horse sale that they have about 5 miles from the house. We have never been to this paticular one and decided to go watch. Sometimes you can get a deal on a horse if your careful and most people that go to these sales don't collect bits and spurs and we find the occasional deal because someone didn't recognize the makers mark. Plus it always makes for good people watching!!!
We looked through the tack, found a nice pair of old Vogt spurs. Then looked through the horses, well over 100 head and found two we might bid on if the price was right.
We bought the spurs and settled in for the horses, one of the horses that we wanted was a big stout gray. Just happened to be the sale owners and he must of been making phone calls for three weeks telling everyone he was going to sell him there. He went for $4500, high selling horse. We weren't going to pay that much. Big paint gelding, quiet and soft went for $800 kinda wish we would of bought him.
Ok I am getting offtrack...there was a guy that brought in about 15 badly conformed, bred 3 yo fillies.
I mean bad, ewe necked, roach backed, sickle hocked. They all came off his "breeding farm" and bred them as 2yo. I wish I would of took pictures. They were so bad. And under fed. Do you known the illustration in most horse books demonstrating poor conformation? These fillies looked exactly like that, dang near every fault a horse could have. He led them fillies through proud as punch, claiming them to be foundation bred QH....oh lordy. His fillies were only bringing $75. He would shake his head dumbfounded that they didn't bring more. Abou the time I thought that was the last one, here he would come again with another one looking worse than the last. I was getting furious, what the hell is this guy thinking! Breeding crap like that! The people next to us were doing the same, shaking their heads in disgust....that there kids is the reason we need horse slaughter.
People want to blame horseshow folk for the over population of horses, but this guy at the sale should be the poster child for the problem.
Teddy Robinson breeds a lot of colts, but they are nice colts and if they don't make it into his program they have plenty of people who line up to get one. They either go on to do small local shows, ride feedyard pens or go to work on a ranch. But where are these fillies and babies going to end up? I didn't see anyone fighting over these horses to load up in their trailers to take them home...what a shame.
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