Trip to OLEX Horse Auction – Waterloo, Ontario – Tuesday, October 11, 2011
by Toronto region riding school owner and CHDC supporter Anthea Larke, Meadowlarke Stables
Purchased 3 horses: 1 quarter horse cross, 1 Percheron cross, 1Clydecross. The quarter horse cross was very fat, so I paid 0.47 per pound for him, other overweight horses went for the same or more, and were purchased for meat.
The Percheron cross, I paid 0.40 per pound. That was a total rip off, as the price jumped 0.10 as soon as the auctioneer saw me bidding. Not sure how to handle that in the future. Clyde cross, when the price jumped again I stopped bidding, so he went for 0.20 per pound and I purchased him for $50 more off kill buyer JP Soucy fromQuebec.
The EIDs were the usual joke. The one for the quarter horse said he had been owned for seven months, there was a note with it and the previous owner’s number. I called this man and he told me that he had only owned the horse for two weeks!
Only one of the three EIDs had a signature at the bottom that was the same as the name on the top!
Another observation to the positive for once, was that I watched Jeff Grof load his horses. Clean shavings on the floor of the truck and all on only one deck. However, there was an incident after the auction where a stallion was put in a pen with Jeff’s other horses. He was being very aggressive, I pointed it out and it was dealt with immediately, and the stallion segregated.
As far as buyers go, there were only 4 non meat buyers, myself being one of them. Most of the bidding was between Jeff Grof and Dan Albrecht (working in the auction ring and bidding for JP Soucy). About 60 horses went through, I would say 50 for meat, sooooo sad.
I am haunted as usual by all those doomed faces.
Horses in OLEX kill pens