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    07-19-2012, 02:10 PM
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gee was last night tough:(

Okay so here where I live locally they do a livestock auction every wednesday. Well me and my dad went yesterday so that we could buy some bacon:) lol. My dad had to work in the morning so I went with my sister. And they start at 10 am with sheep then goats then calves hogs then horses. From 10 to 7 they were on goats and sheep.. HOLY COWW! The rest went buy really fast and my dad got there about 6:30 ish.. maybe sooner. He was too tired to have to go back home get the trailer and pick up the pigs so we decided just to watch to see how much horses were going for.


Many people that live in my area know the known horse trader there.. Not going to mention names here because I don't feel like getting in trouble. I hate how this person works though. This person just buys the horses and will try to sell them saying that they came off ranches and are kid broke and the best horses ever.. and if he can't sell them.. ya'll know what he does with them. Even if they are good horses.. just to make some money.

Last night, there was 70 horses running thru the auction block. I think he bought most of them.. FOR DIRT CHEAP a little paint yearling that I wanted to watch run thru he bought for $2 per 100 pounds.. and he was aroun 800 pounds.. so if you do the math.. this horse.. that could be trained still.. just a baby!!! Sorta.. he was probably 2.. sold for ONLY 16 $.. this is crazy.. The most expensive horse there that we watched was $30 per 100 pounds.... the horse market is crappy here right now. Im lucky I still have my horses..

Sorry, I don't have anything agaist slaughter for old and crippled horses but, it gets to me when someone doesnt have a heart and would do it to a perfectly good horse.. to make a couple 100 $s..
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    07-19-2012, 02:15 PM
I hate this too! Horse traders are cruel animal abusers. Yet they get away with it.
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    07-19-2012, 02:15 PM
While it's sad that youngsters and fit horses go to the kill buyers, it's the fault of the people who brought them TO the auction, not the kill buyers. They're merely the garbage men; they're not the ones who threw the horses out.

Save your indignation for the people who bred and/or owned these horses, and thought sending them to auction was the best way to get rid of them.

Horse traders are no more cruel than any other person in the horse business, and I get really sick of people tarring and feathering them all as a group. There are good and bad in EVERY walk of society. Just because they're horse traders/kill buyers doesn't make them bad, evil, or abusive.
    07-19-2012, 02:17 PM
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^^ I do understand where your coming from. But if the buyer spent some time with the horse.. he could actually find it a home.. but instead sends them right off a week after he buys them. And if he tries to sell them, dontcha think he should be truthful.. and I have prove..

We went to an auction watched him buy a horse, and a couple weeks later saw it for sale!!!!! As a "bought from the YMCA ranch horses" or a dudestring horse..
    07-19-2012, 02:20 PM
If this PARTICULAR trader/kill buyer lies about the horses to try and sell them, then yes, he's scum.

But not every trader/KB is an abusive, lying sack of crap, and people need to stop thinking they are. It gets old, and it's moronic.

Many traders will buy up horses they think are good prospects, put 30 or 60 days on them, then sell them on. Not all of them send every single horse they buy to slaughter. They're generally good about giving the horse a chance to prove itself before it gets put on the trailer to the processors.

However, some horses ARE only good for slaughter. Just because they're physically healthy doesn't mean they don't have mental issues that make them unsuitable as riding horses or even pasture companions.
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    07-19-2012, 02:21 PM
Bb .. they are in it to make money .. keeping a horse around and sinking money and time into it to get another couple hundred isn't worth it to them.

People throw them away .. he turns a quick profit. It's business.

I couldn't do it (I'd end up with 700 horses) .. but somebody HAS to ...
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    07-19-2012, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
If this PARTICULAR trader/kill buyer lies about the horses, then yes, he's scum.

But not every trader/KB is an abusive, lying sack of crap, and people need to stop thinking they are. It gets old, and it's moronic.

That's why I said many people know my local horse trader...
    07-19-2012, 02:22 PM
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I'm sorry but while it would be nice that people are truthful, that ultimately falls with the buyer to know what they are getting. Anytime you buy from an auction or even craigslist, it's a gamble. Even what seems like a nice, honest seller could have drugged the horse. In this industry it is always buyer beware.

Also I have no issue with people buying from auction, putting some time on it, even if only a few days, and selling it on. It can be a living, or a hobby. Just the same it can be done right, or wrong.
    07-19-2012, 02:24 PM
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Texasgal- I agree and most of them I don't have a problem with .. just this one.. doesnt even really give them time to try and find a home... I understand. If no one wants them its better then letting them starve, but still..

I do agree someone has to do it.. but can't they do it in a humane way.. if he bought as many horses as a thought.. say he had a 10 horse stock trailer.. he will try and fit about 20 horses in there..
    07-19-2012, 02:28 PM
Bb .. honey, I know it's tough .. that's why I don't go to auctions. You see some really cute horses thrown away. It's happening all over the country.

As long as people are willing to throw their horses away at auction, there will be somebody there willing to buy them and turn them over for profit.

Like it or not, it's legal, and people do it. Some do it "better" than others, but the result is the same -- they are there to turn a profit, and most of them will go to the killers.

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