I am sure many of you remember the starving horses found in
November of 2002 that the Vet. Starved to death over a year ago.
Today January 31, 2004 at Hennessey these horses were auctioned off.
In my personnel opinion these horses are not guaranteed any
better of a life then when they were found a year ago. Many of
these horses will go from auction to auction from horse trader to horse
trader and eventually slaughter. I found this to be very
disturbing. We went to this auction today in hopes to get a
couple of them out of this cycle and promised a better life. We
were amazed of how many people attended this. Every seat in the
house was full, people sitting on the floor and standing in every little
crack they could. We were even more amazed at the prices they
were selling for. These horses broke my heart. They were
scared to death, some literally shaking in the selling arena.
After 15 months of being under county supervision they did not look like
you would think they would. Some appeared to be fat, but only
because they were carrying a foal. I am sure that every mare that
entered the selling arena today was indeed pregnant. The owner of
the auction that this was held, kept telling everyone that they could
make lots of money on these horses in a couple of months and to bring
them back to the sell. It just killed me. We were only
able to get one horse out of that horrible triangle. When she
came in they announced her to be a little stud colt. I just
happened to be sitting in the very front low sit and looked down
underneath her and saw a very big milk bag. I immediately bid on
her, knowing that I was pretty much the only one that discovered this.
This poor little mare, is due to foal out any day now. So
I guess in the long run I managed to save two horses today. We do
not normally participate in horse auctions. It breaks my heart
and we just can't afford to save them their just yet. However, I
could not bring myself to stay home and my heart kept saying to go.
I am so glad that we did. We spent all night with her and
trying to get her settled in. She is still terrified but relaxing
in her pen with some grain, Bermuda and alfalfa hay today. She
took one bite of each and acted like she just didn't know what to eat
first. Bless her heart. We have decided to name her
Hershey's. She is estimated to be 3 years of age. No one
said it better than a mutual rescue friend when she stated that this one
foal will never know the heartbreak that it's mother has been through.
We will keep you posted on her improvements as well as her new baby when