Wondering if anyone is going? I was invited to go but not sure if I will, ha not sure I will have control .
So just thought I'd see if anyone else will be there. I know the big one is in a couple of weeks but definitely can't go to that one because I'll have to work.
I went once, and I will never go again. It broke my heart to see the kill pen...I bawled my eyes out there, on the way home and then a few days after.
They mostly have Western stuff anyhoo, not much englishy stuff. But that was a couple of winters ago I went, I don't know what it is like now.
I remember seeing a crate of Pot Bellied Pigs sitting out in the elements so people can walk by and see them for sale - freezing. That really upset me. And a crate of Sheep Dog Puppies in the same position as the pigs.....
Stuff like that really bothers m - so I avoid that place.
See that's what I'm afraid of too. I have no control and with hubby just starting a new job and not to much for paychecks last week, this week and maybe next week I've already will have to tap into the savings. :(
Is there tack and horses Friday?
We have an auction close to my place here in MD. I don't think meat buyers go there but not very positive. I rarely go there after I've seen the horse sold "As Is" with the following ad "Seasoned kid lessons horse used in all kinds of lessons. Done it all. Can't do lessons anymore, so should go." It drove me bananas........
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.
Ok, Hubby said he will be home tomorrow and Friday (the life a truck driver, boo hoo) and that he'd like to go too. So, I think we might go. Shipshe is on Eastern time now right?
Maybe I'll get to see you guys there, I'd tell you to look for someone with a black jacket and a semi on the back with the name Van Eerden above it, I'll probably have that on for awhile.
The time totally varies. We have been out of there both times by 1:30 and that is with watching ALL of the horses run through. The time that the horses start totally depends on how much tack they are auctioning first. The kill pen horses have tended to go around 10:30ish. Like I said too... Don't let the fact they are in the kill pens TOTALLY deter you. Sometimes people are just cheap and don't want to pay the fee to run them through.
And yes, we are on Eastern time. I will likely wear a black hoodie that says "Masters of Cosmetology" on the back!