Kill buyers are never going to go out of buisness becuase people take horses to auctions to sell them.....stupid people just give up on there horses and don't know what is going to happen to there horses. I don't know how kill buyers work there....but what you said...is not the case at auctions I go to...I know when I want to rescue a horse and a kill buyer bought it...i don't give a crap how much its going to cost me...or how much of an ass the guy could be....all I know is that I always end up with a full trailer of horses after an auction and most of them I got from the kill buyers...how many auctions have you been too????
I have never been to one. I'm just reporting the words of others that I have read, when they talk about getting the most out of your money when you buy a horse to rescue. Often when people rescue they have completely different priorities and making their money go further is not one of them, so different rules would apply. I also never said that kill buyers would go out of business without rescuers :)
O trust me....i want my money to go far! We are all volunteers paying for the 30 horses to live. Most of them end up living at our rescue forever....so we do not have much money coming back from when people adopt our horses. We will only adopt if we know forsure that they are going to there "forever home"...most of the horses we get in do not have training...we even got a wild mustang from nevada that is actually the prettiest mustang I have ever seen. He is very green and doesnt really like people let...right know its a battle to get him haltered and we have had him for almost a year now. I love rescueing! I would encourange any one to do it...
I think it is great that you want to rescue a horse from the KP (kill pen) However, there is usually a reason why they are there. Some are lame and cannot be help, others are sick, some are crazy (mentally) others are older and not broke, some have really bad habits they picked up.
I went to an auction once and saw all the horses that were in the KP. It broke my heart. Even the lames one I wanted to take and just make them comfortable and loved.
If you are going to go and rescue you, if you're not already, take a someone that has a good eye for horses. I'm sure you'd be able to test ride them and get hands on, and really look them over.
Since the market is so low, you probably won't make much of a return, if any, on a horse you rescue, but do feel good about saving it :)
If I did buy one and fixed it up, retrained, and tried to sell it, I wouldn't expect much of a profit anyway. And I would sell it so I could save that horses life, give him/her to someone who'd love him/her, and then go back buy another kill horse and start all over again.
It wouldn't be for the money.
Both Petri (chestnut pony) and Max (paint pony)
On my avatar came from that sale I'm going to :)
I agree...good for you for wanting to. I thank you! 60, 000 horses a year get slaughtered just in my province alone. Its great to see people want to try to make a difference. Where I work one of the ladies husband owns a slaughter house...talk about tension at the work place...but thank you for helping!
Hey. Our stud does exaclty what your saying. We buy horses they are going to the "Doggers" get them fully vaccinated, hooves done, wormed, and back in good health. We will go further with some and train them others we put up for re adoption straight away. Although buyers must be approved before taking any of our rescued horses.
Please feel free to have a look at our site. www.sandystarstud.webs.com