Actually, Snowman did get bought for 80.00 at an auction from a kill buyer...
My old trainer got several show horses that were successful from auction, and all of her lesson horses came from there. We named one of them, "Almost alpo" to be humorous.
There's a few tiny kernels of truth in that pile o' crap, but I ain't digging deep enough to find them.
Harry deLeyer was not a "poor farmer" - he was a working horseman with a successful riding school and business, and he was at the auction looking for school horses. Not Donald Trump, but not a "poor farmer."
This is in no way a criticism of Mr Matson, who posts a lot of entertaining stuff, and I do not expect him to verify the veracity of everything he posts for fun.
Thank you, LaurieB, for making the point I was trying to, and better than I did.
Zenyatta, I think you completely and utterly missed my point, so I apologize for not expressing myself more clearly.
I was opposed to the blatant and stupid manipulation of this video, that implies because Harry bought Snowman from an auction over 50 years ago, we should all go out and save a horse from slaughter. Really???????
I have nothing but admiration for Harry, who was a true working professional who earned his every success with hard work and talent. I have no idea why that calls my resume into question, but among a lot of other things on my equestrian CV, I worked for Harry's brother, Willie, back in the 70s, which I think puts me a lot closer to a primary source than the author of that dreadful video.