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    11-20-2011, 01:31 PM
Can't stop thinking about the mare...

Last night, I accompanied some friends to the local colt auction. During the tack auction I usually browse the aisles and stalls, talking to the horse owners about their horses... Last night I happened to wander outside, where I saw this beautiful -- but burred up and slightly skinny -- Thoroughbred mare. I refused to leave the auction until I saw her enter the ring.

When I hadn't seen her yet and the crowd was clearing, I went outside. A woman was holding her, and I talked to her. I found out she was 13, and had been used for Dressage and Western leisure riding. This mare was very sweet; reaching over to get petted, and just overall very comfortable with strangers.

The owner explained that she had gotten a new horse and was down-sizing. I nearly asked her, "Are you looking to get rid of her or get something for her?" (I knew this slightly sad-looking mare wouldn't sell for anything worth getting.) I held back and she went into the ring... and sold for $30. I was still in the aisle when the owner came back through, touched my shoulder, and said, "You could have had her," and walked away. I all but ran outside to try and aisle-trade with whoever bought her.

All I saw was a cattle truck and a semi.

I feel absolutely terrible and can't stop thinking about this mare; how I could have stopped her from ever getting on that truck. After seeing that truck I even went sprinting through the stalls again, frantically looking for "Jaz."

While I've seen horses get on that truck and left unaffected, I just can't get myself over this one. I'm literally, as we speak, on the brink of tears -- and this is hours later. I watched colts, nags, perfectly primed stock get on that trailer and didn't blink an eye. But this mare gets on it and I'm about to break down... Any advice to help me get out of this hump??
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    11-20-2011, 01:43 PM
I'm really sorry. Do you know what slaughter bought her? Most the times you have a week or two to buy a horse out of a kill pen, but usually for $300 or more so they can make a profit. Agian I am so sorry...
    11-20-2011, 01:52 PM
Unfortunately not. There were no logos or anything on neither the truck nor trailer. I know of the guy who bought her and he bought several head, so I'm hoping I can hunt him down.
    11-20-2011, 02:09 PM
From what I've read of auctions (not from personal experience) the owner who sold her there is the one who should be crying. I am suspicios of a stock trailer and a semi truck. Really, to me , it's the owner who should be crying.

But , I am sorry that you are so saddened. Add this to the many "I should have . . ." that you will accumuate over your lifetime.
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    11-20-2011, 02:35 PM
Couldn't you have approached the meat buyer and made an offer for her?
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    11-20-2011, 03:26 PM
If you remember her hip#, call the auction office and they MIGHT be able to give you info about the buyer.
    11-20-2011, 07:27 PM
Originally Posted by twh    
Couldn't you have approached the meat buyer and made an offer for her?
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With no immediate cash on me, I didn't stand a chance. I remember what the guy looks like, so I'll approach him when I re-visit the barn in between auctions. I don't remember her HIP.

Afterward, I was offered what looked like an Arab gelding for free. But he would put me into bankruptcy with the teeth work, groceries, etc.! So I had to turn him down. A gentleman that I know, on the other hand, did pick him up and will be using him as a lesson horse.
    11-20-2011, 07:45 PM
Im so sorry :( When I went to a auction (my first and reluctant to go) I saw lots of good horses, young ones and trusty ponies sold to a meat man in a cattle truck :( Im so sorry you lost your Jaz :(
    11-20-2011, 09:15 PM
Check with the auction office, especially if it's a commercial buyer they'll usually give you the contact info and you might could buy her from them if you really want to.

Hate to say it, but if you're going to get emotional about horses (and I know it's impossible not to) then you're better off staying away from that type of auction.
    11-20-2011, 09:37 PM
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
Hate to say it, but if you're going to get emotional about horses (and I know it's impossible not to) then you're better off staying away from that type of auction.
I'm aware of this; but, this is the first time it's ever happened. I watched weanlings, yearlings, and a show-ready gelding (who I watched in awe at the riding ring) loaded up into that truck and didn't so much as look over my shoulder. I wouldn't think twice if my horse was, either. "It is what it is."

But there was something about this mare that saddened me when I figured out where she went. I have my fingers crossed that someone had waited like I did for her, and then split as soon as she was purchased (loaded her into the trailer; for respect, I didn't look into any personal trailers).

I've come to terms now that things like this happen, no matter how unfortunate, and that I can't save them all.

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