Jenn - yes, the tack sale goes first which will give you time to walk around the sale barn.
Here's what you will run into in the kill pens at Shipse -
1) the obviously injured horses. The last auction there was a Belgian with a NASTY facial wound. One before that was a horse with a swayback that was unlike anything I've ever seen.
2) wild untrained horses
3) horses that are perfectly fine but the owners don't want to pay the extra money to send them through the ring. There was a gorgeous black Perch, an Appy colt, several Belgians, etc that were ran through the kill pens but seemed to be just fine
The horses will come in clear up until the horse auction part starts. It is usually slow in the mornings but picks up. I'm not sure how the prices will run this time but back in August, beautiful barrel horses were selling for $200. The auction 2 weeks ago, they were selling for $500. It will be interesting to see how it goes Friday.
*Dreams are within reach, you just have to go that extra mile to catch them*