02-12-2013, 11:20 AM
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You did a good thing. I've bought a number of horses at low end auctions over the years & the good outcomes outweighed the bad. I bought an older bay gelding out from under the kill buyer once (years ago when Tx had two slaughter plants) for $160. Skinny, but solid conformation. Got him home and my then 15 yo daughter, who had been terrified to ride since a relatively minor spill at 8, fell in love with him. They logged hundreds of hours over the next several years until she stepped up to a younger, more advanced horse. We found Nevada a retirement home with a friend where he lived out his life giving pony rides to a little boy and grazing on good coastal pasture. He was probably at least 30 when he finally passed. I think about him when I get discouraged about rescue.