Itís not always true that a well trained horse wonít end up with a meat buyer.
This is very true. For most of these horses, its a case of just getting older. I saw a really nice mare on there first, very well trained, 15 yrs old and 16H. He was only asking $975 for her, and she was shown ridden on the video. Really nice walk and trot, nice swinging tail. He said trained dressage, hunter-jumper, all that stuff. Sound.
The timing was off, as her deadline was Friday and I saw her on a Thursday afternoon. Got a sick feeling in my stomach when her video vanished...that is when they are gone. No video, no horse.
I would have bought her. Pretty chestnut too. Can't understand someone sending a horse like that to auction with no reserve, giving the KB the opportunity to take this horse to slaughter, when she could have been a great learner horse. On that one, I blame the seller for putting her in that situation.
If someone has lost their job and run out of money then the horse is often the first thing to go and when the markets flooded there arenít enough buyers to go round.
The markets are flooded. Very hard to sell even well trained horses, once they get over 15yrs. I just think the supply FAR exceeds the demand.
Not very many young people riding anymore. It is expensive and time consuming, and most parents barely have enough time as it is.
The culture is changing, even here in the country. Farms are being turned into 3-5 acre estate lots with McMansions on them.