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Florida horse auction this, Sat-pics on fernies webshots.horses need your help!!!.

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  • I'm VERY disapointed. My husband had actually AGREED to let me bring home Designer Socks. I was looking forward to the chance to give him a home and try and help his lameness issues.

    We ended up having 2 clients walk in this morning and since I was the only one there, I got stuck having to sign contracts, etc :-( My hubby might have agreed, but work ruled that out.

    He did promise that the next auction I would have the day off, so perhaps I can give another horse a home at the next auction.

    I probably would have wanted more than one if I had gone today. I have never been to one of their auctions.

    Many years ago I did buy a Warmblood X yearling gelding that was a real sweetheart. He was only $500. A year later I had to sell him shortly after he was started under saddle. He went to a wonderful Dressage home and brought $3,500 ... they do have some wonderful horses that just need the right home to bloom.

    Does anyone know who Designer Socks went to or if it seemed like a decent home?


    • Original Poster

      I can tell you who he went to,I dont know if she would sell him.

      He definately needs vet care and some tlc.

      He is a sweety.

      e-mail me.
      \"I have lived my life-it is nearly done-.I have played the game all round;But I freely admit that the best of my fun I owe it to Horse and Hound\".


      • Fernie,
        you have an email from me.


        • Hello Everyone,

          I am the person who purchased Designer Socks and the $25 gelding today. Socks is an absolute DOLL. Beastie, not sure why you said I was a "Dealer", but I purchased the pony gelding specifically for my friend not for resell. I go to the sale to save nice horses and help them find there Forever homes if they are not destined to stay with me. The paint pony I got from a true DEALER and saved Designer Socks from going to him as well. I purchased Copper, a 15 yr TB gelding for $25 as he is VERY Lame right now and offered him to Liz for free and asked her to help me place him if she could not take him. I was the ONLY person who bid on Copper!!! I also purchased a APHA yearling that a friend was interested in. I have already scheduled an appt for the Farrier to check the two boys tomorrow and trim the others. I do have the phone number of the Dealer if anyone is interested. He purchased 11 horses at the sale, he sold 3 there including the paint pony to me. I will have pictures later today if anyone is interested in seeing Copper. He is very flat footed and looks to have an old abcess. Am hoping maybe some pads will help his feet. Will find out for sure on Monday.



          • Sweetfiddler,
            Thank You for adopting and caring for them...Please keep us updated on their progress...
            The Auctions are such a hard thing,for any animal lover....
            I'm glad that at least some found good homes


            • Thank you Laura for helping the horses.

              I think someone should write an article about Designer Socks and try to get it published. . . or at least get a media person to do a feature story. People need to understand what can happen to ANY horse even fancy show horses. But for Fernie's post, Designer Socks could have been on his way to yet more auctions, and in the end, a long double decker cow truck ride to Texas.

              He was not unwanted. He was unlucky.

              Now his luck has changed. Thank you Fernie for turning the tide.


              • Sweetfiddler,

                May I email you? Or can you email me? My address is KissingOakFarm@aol.com

                I am VERY interested in Designer Socks if for some reason you want to place him in a good home.


                • Hi Everyone
                  I live in Ontario and of course it is too far for me to help in the way of taking a horse or even going to the auction. What I did read on here made me think of something I could do to help these FLA horses. Someone here suggested writing the story and trying to get it published. I own a Canadian Magazine called Nag Tags. Basically an all round horse magazine with articles. I do take rescue articles as I also own a small horse rescue. If you write the story, I will publish it in Canada. You can then take the finished product to any state side magazine and see if they will publish it. Please email me at: cathy@nagtags.ca.
                  My website for the magazine is: http://www.nagtags.ca

                  Chat Soon


                  • I am not much of a writer, but would love to talk with someone about doing an article on Socks. He is a very sweet & special boy. He touched my heart Friday when we went to preview the horses. I did not know who he was, just walked up to the stall and made kissy noises. He put his nose right to my face for kisses and my heart just melted. I knew right then he would go home with me. I stood right next to the Dealer and bid against for Socks. I said what do you want a lame horses for, he said shoe'em & sell'em. This baby has found a home to be spoiled rotten and loved for forever.



                    • Laura, Welcome to the board!!
                      I'm sorry. I didn't mean it to sound like you were a bad, scary dealer. I guess it was an automatic way to describe a person who bought horse(s) they did not intend to keep. I guess I'd fall into that category too. I'm wary of calling us 'rescuers' since that implies more organization than I/we have... Maybe we are "not-for-profit dealers"?

                      I think all of us were affected by the prices and probably bought more than we intended to out of fear for the horses. You did a good thing with Copper and Socks. Please do keep us posted and let us know if you need help. I can't take on too many, but always seem to be able to squeeze in another if I have to. I am available as a foster home for beasties who are in transition....

                      Which baby did you get?
                      Y'all ain't right!


                      • I will help you put it together if you want. It is easy. Keep a journal and write down everything: how you heard about the sale, why this horse, how you felt, what was obviously wrong and right with him, what happened when you got home, what the farrier and vet say etc. We can then put those words into a story. This is a piece from the heart. What we really need is someone to do the research on his background. Any chance of getting any old photos of him when he was showing? We need his past as well as his present if possible. Let me know.


                        • Good for you Laura! I wish there were more folks like you out there! I think that doing an article on Socks is a great idea, any way to spread the word about what can happen in the life of a horse, show horse or otherwise, is a good opportunity. There are so many out there that don't really know what is going on.


                          • I was there, but I hate to admit it because I didn't bring a trailer and didn't buy anything. I was really wishing I had brought a trailer though! The dealer bought the pinto arab gelding that I was interested in. I also liked the a couple of the babies, like that BEAUTIFUL bay arab cross filly. What legs she had on her!

                            Next time, I'll bring my trailer and checkbook!

                            Gins Mom


                            • I feel terrible b/c I had completely planned to come, but at the last minute hubby put his foot down with a firm no. But now that I've told him how the auction ended up, he has agreed that we will definitely go to the auction in the future, or help any way we can.

                              Did I hear that the person who bought Copper might be interested in reselling him? I'd be interested in the info, if anyone has it.
                              Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck; some nights I call it a draw. -- fun.

                              My favorite podcasts: Overdue, How Did This Get Made?, Up and Vanished, Appointment Television.


                              • Awhile back I bought TWO TBs for around the price of $520. The only other bidder on my one mare was going to use her as a sporthorse broodmare, because she had good bloodlines. I talked to her after the sale and she gave me her address and phone #.

                                A friend bought a QH for $75. I am assuming that the little boy and his mother who bought three horses at the same time, are still providing a good, lifetime home for them. They were thrilled to have gotten them so cheaply and that is why they could afford three. When I talked to them (just to get a feel on who was buying) he looked scared to death that I was going to try and buy them from his mother.

                                Why do you assume that just because the horses sell cheaply at the Boy's Ranch...that they are meeting a bad end? All of the above horses and many more that sell at the Boy's Ranch go to good homes. It is NOT the horrendous auction that some make it out to be. Go and see for yourself.


                                • free, please don't start this again. I don't think anyone has said the auction is bad. We KNOW the ranch is a great place and does great things for kids. We also KNOW that people (like us) go there looking for a special horse at a good price. It's just that when the prices are so low we worry about what happens to the horses that folks consider "at risk".

                                  I for one feel that getting a horse at the Boy's Ranch auction is a doubly good thing because the money you spend there doesn't line a dealer's pockets, it help the kids. More people need to go and get the prices up - for the kids and the horses.

                                  As for it being a horrendous auction... I never said that. It was actually the best auction setting I have ever been to (though I admit my auction experience is limited). For the most part the horses seemed relaxed and the kids were great with them. The barn and ring were nice and the bleachers were in the shade (mostly). I was thinking this morning how nice it was that the horses were able to be auctioned at the farm where they were living instead of being trucked to another location.
                                  Y'all ain't right!


                                  • Ditto what Beastieslave said. There is another thread from a few months ago that covers this and the horse's destinations ad nauseum. This one is about the horses.
                                    Does anyone know what happened to Sea Tech? My husband was supposed to be gone yesterday, but his plans changed so he was home. When he found out what I was up to he pitched a fit about no more horses right now. Does anyone know what happened to her?
                                    "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin


                                    • BeastieSlave...just what have I 'started' by stating my experiences with the Boy's Ranch? I did not add, but will now, that you should be careful when calling someone a 'dealer'. (This thread has made 'dealer' sound somewhat shady.)

                                      Also, please read the post that you wrote about the mare that you bought. You didn't potray her breeders in such a good light. Perhaps this is when the word 'horrendous' came into my mind...when you said that they were discarding her? Perhaps they placed her with the Boy's Club with the hope that someone like you or I would purchase her. And, unless I am misitaken, that is exactly what happened.

                                      Am I not entitled to state the 'good...positive' things that I see happen there along with the prices that we paid?


                                      • I would hazard a guess that Beastie's new mare's owners, once the mare's "useful" economic life as a broodmare was done, gave her to the Boy's Ranch for the tax write off. Otherwise they would have sold her for a pittance or given her away themselves. I would be very surprised to find any more noble intent than that. Sitting on hands now.
                                        "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin


                                        • Just thought you guys would like to know...

                                          I have spoken with Candi's former owner who donated her to the Boy's Ranch. She was very nice and relieved that the mare landed with someone who's looking out for her. She said her son was very worried that "she would go to the meatman" (her quote). I reassured her that she would not. She told me about the mare and stated that she had papers (& gave them to the Boy's Ranch) and was well bred. I'm going to check with the Ranch Monday to see if they know where the papers are...

                                          I have also spoken to the farm owner where Glorious Standard lived. He didnt have much to say, and I'll let you know if I'm able to discover anything about her life before.

                                          misspiggy, did you get Deacon home? He's such a cutie!
                                          Y'all ain't right!