Auction breed statistics

Every week dedicated equine advocates attend the well-known Ontario Livestock Exchange auction, also known as OLEX, in Kitchener, Ontario.

This blind Clyde mare was run through OLEX in Feb 2012.  It's believed she shipped to slaughter.

This blind Clyde mare was run through OLEX in Feb 2012. It’s believed she shipped to slaughter.

OLEX is a prime auction for kill buyers who buy horses for the two Quebec slaughterhouses.

One of the groups who attend is Justice Love’n Care Animal-Rescue.  They have kept meticulous stats of the numbers of horses sold each Tuesday and the number who go to kill buyers.  We have taken their numbers and compiled them into a spreadsheet showing the various breeds passing through OLEX on their life journey.

The stats can be seen here and we’ll update it every so often.


  1. Marie Dean · ·

    The high number of Standardbreds at this auction may be due to the fact as well that the Amish/Mennonite communities that employ these horses frequent this auction. These horses may have been racehorses that went to auction and were picked up by the Amish/Mennonite and then in turn their tired worn out Standardbred left behind. I have seen their buggies at this auction, as well as Standardbreds in this auction with sweat marks from taking their owner to this auction and then being left there. I have also seen Standardbreds with tattoo numbers that raced days earlier at this auction. So the combination of racehorse to community buggy horse to back at auction again, would certainly be another reason for their high numbers!
    The beautiful Standardbred horse needs a spokesperson, but Standardbred Canada seems to only want to speak for the winner circle horse, not the unwanted one – so sad. So we will continue to speak for all Standardbreds!

    1. Marie Dean · ·

      I should not have used the word “unwanted” – there is no such thing as an unwanted horse – in this particular case unfortunate auction horse.

      1. Don’t forget the Gentle Giants too! The number of Belgians, another cast-off of the Amish/Mennonite communities, is very high and to see Clydesdales and other drafts is heart-breaking.

  2. Missy · ·

    Actually, the number of standardbreds is due to the high volume of yearlings and 2 year olds that don’t make it to the races, or are not training up to par. There are farms that may foal out 100 foals, keep the select 5 or 6, let the rest run until yearling or 2 year old age, and then round them up and ship to slaughter without ever giving those horses a chance. By January, a yearling will have already been in training for a few months, and it’s clear who will make it and who won’t. It is disgusting, and these farms should be shut down.
    ~Trainer for 16 years

    1. Chris · ·


  3. Allison · ·

    Wow 91% to kill buyers…maybe people will finally realize that going to the auction doesn’t always mean finding a new home 😦

    1. Hi, Allison. It’s actually 71% but still, 71% too many.
      Cheers, Loni

      1. Allison · ·

        Jan 29 2013 91% went to kill buyers…

  4. Donikash · ·

    Standardbreds usually have fairly long racing careers, and are undoubtedly exposed to bute, nitrofurazone, and many other drugs. Shame on the CFIA for its total failure to enforce their own regulations and the laws of Canada.

  5. MY God look at the number of Standardbreds! You know there has got to be a fair amount of Bute going through—sad for all of these poor souls regardless of the breeds.

%d bloggers like this: