I'm going with a bunch of people (Barn owner, friends, Head of the rescue I volunteer for, and a bunch of volunteers) to a local horse auction tomorrow in Unadilla NY. This auction runs once a month in the winter and usually 70 - 100 horses run through it. Horses at this auction have sold for as little as $5 in the past! It's a notorious slaughter auction, and while a few nice horses run through it, the majority of horses are skin and bones, very ill, or old and untrained.
My barn owner is letting me and 2 friends each pick out a horse to save if we help with vet bills and such! Very fair! I'm on the lookout for a pregnant mare, save 2 lives for the price of one! I will let everyone know what we come home with!