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Looking for info: Appaloosa HJ mare, Spellbound

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  • Looking for info: Appaloosa HJ mare, Spellbound

    Maybe a shot in the dark, but on a horse rescue board there is an effort to track down info on a horse that ended up in a kill pen. Someone remembered seeing a similar horse recently for sale online and found the ad. Sure enough it was the same horse. The ad had videos with someone riding in a open HJ show at Mt. Holyoke college in Nov. 09. The show was NOT a college event and the mare was NOT associated with Mt. Holyoke.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFmXqDmKHi0
    According to seller details in the ad, it appears the seller was a horse trader who delivered her and 3 other school type horses to the auction and sold them to a kill buyer.
    Finding the old ad for the Appy mare has opened up a lot of clues as to how a nice horse like this found its way to a kill pen. The horse traders are a couple of brothers in Massachusetts who have a small riding stable and seem to attend horse auctions all the time and always seem to have some to deliver. One of the brothers rides jumpers in Florida and spends winter there. According to one poster on the rescue board, the brothers actually put pictures of them at a New Holland auction on their facebook page and joked about how everyone should eat horsemeat.
    The question is, where is the steady supply of school horses that they have been spotted delivering to auctions coming from? I think this little Appy mare has a story to tell if only we could find out who gave her to the horse traders.
    By the way, the Appy was pulled from the kill pen and on her way to new home!

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    They come from all types. The kill buyer called me last spring and said he had a horse that he didn't think needed to go and if he brought it over would I give it a try. I did. The horse is still with me, he had been purchased for $25K only a few years earlier and shown in breed shows. His youth owner got a new 'english' horse and this 'western' horse went to the local sale. No buyers at the sale meant he went on the truck to you know where.

    Honestly, folks are in trouble now. Some people can't afford to feed their families let alone a horse, many are losing their homes and can't afford board for their animals. Right or wrong they are being dumped, at auctions and everywhere else.

    You might try calling the ApHC and asking for a show record on the mare, it's a chance but maybe they will have something on her or be able to point you in the right direction.

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    • #3
      I hope that this answers any questions... Please feel free to foward this on.

      As a Mount Holyoke Student I hope to clear things up...

      Thank you so much for your concern regarding the horses in the kill pen auction in NJ last week. Everyone here at the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center is saddened by their situation as well. However, none of these horses has ever belonged to Mount Holyoke. The video being circulated is indeed of one of these horses showing at a Mount Holyoke horse show. It is not, however, an intercollegiate horse show, but a public, open show and this horse was brought to show by a competitor.

      We work tirelessly to place our school horses in loving homes when they leave Mount Holyoke. We have many donors who can discuss the wonderful care we give their horses when they are at MHC and the homes we find them when they leave us.

      Please feel free to contact the Director of the Equestrian Center, Paula Pierce, should you have any further questions. She would be happy to speak with you to clear up any confusion. Her number is 413-538-3442 and her email is ppierce@mtholyoke.edu.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by outofthebox View Post
        Maybe a shot in the dark, but on a horse rescue board there is an effort to track down info on a horse that ended up in a kill pen. Someone remembered seeing a similar horse recently for sale online and found the ad. Sure enough it was the same horse. The ad had videos with someone riding in a open HJ show at Mt. Holyoke college in Nov. 09. The show was NOT a college event and the mare was NOT associated with Mt. Holyoke.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFmXqDmKHi0
        According to seller details in the ad, it appears the seller was a horse trader who delivered her and 3 other school type horses to the auction and sold them to a kill buyer.
        Finding the old ad for the Appy mare has opened up a lot of clues as to how a nice horse like this found its way to a kill pen. The horse traders are a couple of brothers in Massachusetts who have a small riding stable and seem to attend horse auctions all the time and always seem to have some to deliver. One of the brothers rides jumpers in Florida and spends winter there. According to one poster on the rescue board, the brothers actually put pictures of them at a New Holland auction on their facebook page and joked about how everyone should eat horsemeat.
        The question is, where is the steady supply of school horses that they have been spotted delivering to auctions coming from? I think this little Appy mare has a story to tell if only we could find out who gave her to the horse traders.
        By the way, the Appy was pulled from the kill pen and on her way to new home!

        Thank God - she looks so cute in that video.

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        • #5
          If I understand correctly, the video was provided by the dealer who eventually brought Spellbound to the auction. So did the dealer also shoot that video, or is it an old video provided to the dealer by former owners? Is the

          The rider's number is clearly visible in the video. If there's any way of identifying which date this video was shot, I can't imagine it would be THAT difficult for the organizers of that show series to look back to see who signed as owner for that horse that day.

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