Undoubtedly, the best venue in which to look for the sad and unkempt is your local horse auction. You are almost guaranteed
a manifestation of abuse and neglect. It is a forum in which horses that no longer produce to their owner's expectations are
unloaded. One last payday this beast will offer his disrespectful owner.
Or perhaps the circumstances are a bit different. Individuals who operate as breeders and could not sell their broodmares'
offspring through their network of customers, bring the young ones to auction in the fall to unload. The fewer the mouths
to feed through the winter, the better.
If these horses were all going to new homes, this wouldn't necessarily be an unhappy ending. But, in fact, many of the
horses who are sold at auction will not go to new homes. Horse traders make a living out of plucking up low-priced horses
then turning around and putting them through the next auction down the road for a higher sale price.
Some horses bounce from trader to trader for many months like this, with or without proper care. Illness, lameness and
problem temperaments are often masked with drugs or shoeing or other means just long enough to complete the sale. But horse
traders aren't the worst fate the auction houses could hold. That title is reserved for people called killer buyers.
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