Auction Day - Roseville
We teamed up with Tawnee at NorCal Equine Rescue
(see their blog http://savethehorse.blogspot.com/
scroll to Sunday, June 14, 2009) to save 4 horses
and a crippled donkey.
Dawn Marie Henderson and Tamia LaGrave made this
trip possible by providing transportation all the
way to Roseville and back! These are two gals that
have a great sense of compassion AND adventure.
Thanks to them these horses have a great future.
Not like some others there, despite what the Roseville
auction says on their website. NorCal tried to buy
some horses out of a kill pen - to no avail.The
prices were kept fairly high by Tawnee's bidding
but there was a meat buyer with deep pockets bidding
on the fat ones.
We got there pretty early and there were not as
many horses as last month so we had lots of time
to talk with people and mess with horses. There
was a well known kill buyer there selling a horse.
Its heartbreaking stuff - on many counts. Horses
who lived together all their lives being separated,
horses used up and left with very painfully feet
in tight shoes and distorted spines, frightened
TB's with their racing plates still on - and a western
saddle on their backs to fool you into thinking
they were trail horses. Show horses that didn't
win their ribbons. Feral horses that don't stand
a chance - except for the rescues. Uncut colts are
especially unwelcome. And one crippled white donkey
who stank to high heaven. Of course we brought HIM
home! He has a home now as a companion to a mini
donkey with Jeff LaGrave - our foster home owner
The horses in various stages of recuperation from
their ordeal by neglect and overwork. They will
need lots of hoof care and chiropractic. But they
are in pretty good shape all and all and not very
old. Interesting personalities!