- Sep 9, 2003
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Come on guys tell us about the sale today, how were the prices and the horses? big turn out?
shminifancier said:I would say about average for that sale... I really liked a John Mule that went through the sale... A nice one as what I could see...He went for $225.. and well lets just say He went for about 2 times more then a lot of the minis did..Some went for a nice price but for the most part it was pretty low on the price side for minis..I am not sure what the average price was but lots went under the 150 mark that brings down the average quite a bit even if a very few did get to the 1,000 dollar mark...or even the 600 price with the low ones figured in that brings the average down.. But I did like the Muleand if it was in the Spring of next year I may have bid on one like that.....
Marnie said:It was a real bad day for 19 little minis. I never thought I'd see the day but a kill buyer was there. I didn't realize it right away, almost to the end before I caught on. There were people in line, two had stallions that I knew, I went and told them he was a kill buyer and both no saled there horse. the one thanked me after the sale for telling them, the one with the little dun pinto that is the sire to my two yr cremello filly. Their just weren't many people there today, to even bid, the kill buyer was a fat sloppy dressed man, looked the type. Standing next to the auctioneer on the right hand side, in a sloppy blue striped shirt, if anyone wants to know who he was.
After the sale, we went out behind where they were loading, he'd put two studs together up front, they were fighting just terribly, the entire time, his huge trailor was just shaking from it, until I couldn't bare it any longer, I walked away. I saw him drag out several little weanlings, nice straight little horses with big eyes, tiny muzzles, clipped and looking pretty, nothing wrong with them except no one else had bid, he got them for about 130$ each. Approx. How can anyone kill those tiny babies. What kind of person would it take at a kill plant to kill them and what did he make off of them, it couldn't be much.
I was afraid to talk to him, afraid I'd rip his head off. Someone asked him how he could do this and he said the market was flooded anyway and this keeps the price up. When numerous people told him to separate those studs, one person heard him say that they were just going to die anyway.
What bugs me is that so many people don't know that their horse went for kill. One young girl came back to him three times with more instructions about her stud and if I had known then what I know now, I'd have went to her too and told her to take her horse and run and I'll bet she would have. I think kill buyers should be identified as such at the beginning of the sales.
I never thought I'd see one at a mini sale and I can honestly say that it's the last sale I'll ever go to. It's breaking my heart and I can't sleep, remembering those little weanlings, looking so confused, I think I'll see them forever. I'm sitting here crying instead of sleeping. One forum member rescued one, bought it away from him right off of his truck, it never dawned on me to even do that, I was so upset with him but bless her, I'm sure she'll come on and tell about him too.
This was a very sad day for me and I'll never go back, I'm done with all sales. This is the reason I don't go to big horse sales, so many unsuspecting people sell to the kill buyers. Maybe some people think it's ok but I don't, tears are still running down my cheeks as I write this, I can't get over what I saw today. So sad.
I agree. It's not likely these little weanlings are going to slaughter. There just isn't enough meat on a weanling to make it worth the effort.Mona said:I would think this is the same type of person that went in and bought those 19 minis. He is not going to get anything for a weanling...there is no way he would have paid $130 a piece if he planned only to send them to slaughter, as he would be losing money. I am sure he will do like this guy around here, and bring them home and turn them out, waiting for the "buyers" to show up looking for a cheap new family pet.