10/1/10 Update: all of the horses were successfully rescued from this kill sale. Many kill buyers were in attendance, but were successfully shut-out from buying any horses. Animal Waystation rescued a mare and filly foal whom we have named Molly (the mom) and Mandy.
7/7/10: my husband went by the Fallon sale yard again today and did another informal head count. The horses have been moved around again, whether to confuse people who are trying to count their numbers, or because yesterday was "kill sale Tuesday" and they were perhaps sorting them. Either way however, he came up with approx. 145, so unless there are horses being kept in corrals in the center of the facility where we can't see them, it still seems as if there are not 174.
I also received a response to my email to Ed Foster, the regional manager for the Department of Agriculture (his email address is: email@example.com in case anyone is interested in emailing him regarding these horses) where I ask him for a list of the horses that are being held at Fallon. He replied that there is NO list available now, but there will be a list at 9:00 AM the day of the sale on Saturday, July 10th. I had asked in my email to him why there would be a list available on Saturday (because someone I know had already asked for a list and he told them Saturday) when the horses are already tagged, so there must be a list in place and I would be willing to come and pick it up if it couldn't be emailed, but he did not address that question from me. Nor did he address the issue of the dead horse. Secrecy as usual, so I guess we can only wait and see how many horses go through the sale.
Attention-- 7/5/10: does anyone know of an attorney that could request a list from the Dept of Agriculture of the estray horses that were captured so we could compare it to the tag numbers on the horses and see if any are missing (like 20-30 of them)? Our concern is that horses might be disappearing off the sale grounds (our informal count on July 4th came up with 130-146 horses, so where are all 175, and the ones that might be missing would be a truckload that the kill dealers put together to ship horses to Canada) and although it looks like all of the horses at the sale yard that are in the sale on July 10th will be rescued at the sale by rescues that will outbid any kill buyers, "kill sale Tuesday" is tomorrow, so how many more will simply disappear between now and Saturday? And if in fact some horses have already disappeared, maybe they can still be rescued if they haven't already gone to Canada for slaughter and might be made to "mysteriously" reappear back at the sale yard if a list can be secured.
If anyone can help with this, please let us know: Animal Waystation: 775-223-9620
Also, everyone please keep trying to reach Ed Foster, the regional mamager for the Dept of Agriculture at 775-353-3711 to ask him for a list of the horses captured, and perhaps even access to the sale yard by independent observers that could count the horses and make sure they are all there (hopefully).
First, please disregard the date stamps on all of the photos for the estray horses at the Fallon sale yard. I use my digital camera for the work we do and forgot to change the date on the camera before taking the photos of these horses. The first photos were taken on June 29th and the second bunch of photos were taken on July 4th.
On July 4th my husband and I went to check on the estray horses being kept at the Fallon sale yard until the special dispersal sale on July 10th and found some very disturbing things:
1. There was a horse that was lying dead in the middle of one of the 3 big corrals with other horses milling around and over it's body. No signs of a struggle, or like the horse had been thrashing around in the throes of colic. What did that horse die from?
2. There looked to be a young filly in the young stallion pen that was being chased by the stallions and fought over in some pretty vicious fights (and we're not inexperienced in horses fighting seeing as we currently have many, many formerly wild mares who can really get down and dirty when they fight, but these guys were really beating each other up, one horse got kicked in the jaw and you could hear the crack a distance away, and a few of the stallions ended up on the ground during a fight). It was hard to completely tell if it was in fact a young mare (looked to be a yearling or two-year-old horse, red dun in color), but in one of the videos I took, she sure did seem to be showing in season to one of the stallions, and those stallions wouldn't have been fighting if there was not a filly/mare involved). we're concerned that the stallions will finally just over-come the one stallion that kept fighting the others off and then they could really hurt that filly if several of them go after her.
3. Doing an informal head count, there seemed to be some horses missing from when I was there on June 29th. The flier I was given at the sale yard said a dispersal of 175 horses, but now we're counting more like 130-145, not 175, so it looks like perhaps 30+ horses aren't there anymore. There were reports on July 3rd from some folks who live in Fallon that all the horses were gone, but then they suddenly were there when other people went over to look. At the wild horse and burro adoption center at Palomino Valley the procedure there when they want to take certain horses out of a corral that have been adopted, need to be doctored, etc, is to bring in the whole corral full of horses into another corral, cut out the horses they want, and then return the rest of the horses back to the original corral. Hopefully we're wrong and all 175 horses are still there, however, if we're not wrong, we just hope that there aren't some horses on a truck on their way to slaughter in Canada or perhaps Mexico.
Because the horses are all tagged with numbers, and some did have numbers painted on their butts, there also should be paperwork documenting the horse that coincides with the number on them. Can anyone out there perhaps figure out how to get copies of the paperwork from the Department of Agriculture, the entity that has jurisdiction over these horses? That would be very helpful toward forcing people to be honest and aboveboard regarding these horses and their well-being.
There will be a special dispersal sale at the Fallon Livestock Exchange located on the Reno Hwy just outside Fallon on July 10th. These are horses that are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture and I believe are the horses that were "estrays" rounded up in West Wendover/Pilot Valley. Let me say now, these are NOT government (BLM) horses, therefore, they have almost no protection from going to slaughter. It used to be that the Dept of Ag would hold them for 30-60 days to allow the rescues to rally their troops and find homes for the horses. Nowadays however and because of the whining of the welfare recipient ranchers, these horses are rounded up and now run through sales in as little as 15 days! These horses need our help desperately!
I'm putting the photos I took of these horses on June 29th when I went over to the sale yard (and was run off the property via loudspeaker by the auctioneer conducting the kill sale) in a special album on this website. Pass the photos and the flyer to whomever you think may be able to help. We can also foster some horses here at our rescue, but would need help with donations of pipe corral panels and hay. We will also transport horses that are saved from slaughter at this sale for free to their new homes to the greater Reno and surrounding areas. For transport further than that, we will only charge for the fuel.
Some of these horses are probably trained and were either turned loose or escaped years ago. Many however were born wild, so would need training. I saw every shape and size imaginable, and also a few what I think are Mules and even a cute Welsh-type pony.
You can also call the regional manager for the Dept. of Agriculture Ed Foster at 775-353-3711 to find out what's going on with this and if these horses are in fact the estrays from West Wendover/Pilot Valley.
Our goal is to flood the sale yard with people who can perhaps offer these horses good homes and outbid the kill buyers who I'm sure are already licking their chops because many of these horses are quite stout and will bring good money at the slaughterhouses.
many, many good horses, ponies and burros are still going to slaughter every week when they are purchased by a "kill buyer" at the weekly Fallon livestock sale. Now that the weather is nice and if you are considering buying a horse, why not visit the sale on tuesdays beginning at 11:00 AM and rescue a horse from the horrors of slaughter? Many really nice horses go through the sale every week selling by the pound which usually comes to anywhere from $25.00-$250.00. Just because a horse ends up at the kill sale does NOT mean they are bad horses. Many people just cannot maintain their horse any longer, or they may have lost their home and have been evicted and they can't take their horse with them. there are a whole array of reasons of why horses end up at the sale, but many do not belong there at all and you could be not only saving a life, but also getting a nice horse in the process.
I'm still offering free transportation for any horse, pony, burro, etc that you rescue from the Fallon sale as far as Reno/Sparks, Yerington, Lovelock, Gardnerville/Minden, etc and for just the cost of my gas, I will transport the animal further. You can call Laura Bell at 775-223-9620 for further information.
Yes, the horses in the Craigslist ads are real and came from the weekly Fallon sale, or were rescued before they went to the sale (see some photos in the "Fallon Sale Horses". album in our photo gallery). We've already found great adoptive homes for them and only charged what was paid for them which ranged between $25.00-$95.00 (and we also place many horses in excellent adoptive homes for free)! If we hadn't bought them, these awesome older horses would have probably been on their way to slaughter if the kill buyers had gotten their hands on them. Or, you could have bought them from the local horse trader and paid double or triple what they paid for them.
Read our guarantee at the bottom of this page to see why you have nothing to lose when you buy a horse from the weekly Fallon sale!
If you're thinking of buying a horse, why not consider buying a horse from the weekly Fallon sale every Tuesday starting at 11:00 and saving a life at the same time? The sale yard is located at the corner of the Reno Hwy (Hwy 50 on the way into Fallon) and Trento Lane. See the Fallon Sale Horses photo album in the photo gallery. Go to the sale early (like 9:00 AM), and you may be able to look at the horses as people are unloading them from their trailers. You might even be able to see the horse ridden, or perhaps even ride them yourself.
We have also spoken to someone recently who said that the veterinarian who is on-site at the sale on Tuesdays to vet livestock (Dr. Susan McCartney) for a nominal fee may even perform a pre-purchase exam on a horse you may be interested in.
Contrary to the astonishing ignorance that some people exhibit, many, many of the horses that go through the sale at Fallon are only victims of human circumstance. People losing their homes and having to move in a hurry and abandoning dogs, cats and other animals and taking their horse to the sale. Many fine older horses who have out-lived their usefulness to those that have had them for many years, but still can be great horses for a family. Young horses that haven't even had a chance at life but some "foal mill" breeder is disposing of them at the sale. The list goes on-and-on.............
Those that are opposed to buying horses at the sale are usually kill buyers who don't want the bidding competition (because they make good money shipping horses to Canada or Mexico for slaughter!), horse traders who go and buy horses at the sale then advertise them on Craigslist and other places for double (or triple) the money they paid, or ignorant so-called "trainers" who unless a horse is easy, easy, easy, cannot typically train their way out of a paper bag, so they'll never take a chance on a horse from the sale because the horse may make them look like the incompetents that they are.
And please, don't let anyone try and convince you that horse slaughter is anything but horrendous and inhumane. (and yes, it IS different than other types of livestock slaughter!). Google "horse slaughter" and you'll see what I mean! You can also read an eye-opening article at metropets.org/newsroom/articles/premarin.php (scroll down about half-way down the page) to read about the horse slaughter process and how cruel, heartless and inhumane it really is.
Sure, to be practical, there are some horses at the sale that have "issues", are cripples (usually due to people using them too hard and then tossing them out like garbage), or horses that will just maybe not be suitable for the vast majority of people (those are the ones that we usually end up here with us and will live the rest of their lives here). We can't save them all, but please don't over-look the horses that are good horses and have fallen on hard times (once again, usually due to human error). The horse you pass up at the sale for $30.00-$100.00 could end up being the horse you buy from the horse trader who bought them at the sale and you'll pay $500.00 for instead!
If you're thinking of buying a horse, you owe it to yourself to at least look at the sale (you don't have to buy anything after all). If you're worried you don't have the expertise and/or experience to select a horse at the sale on your own, we here at Animal Waystation will be happy to go to the sale with you and do a free evaluation (and contact us privately regarding our background information, experience in the horse industry for over 50 years collectively, and professional references), and we will also transport any horses that you buy as far out as Reno, Lemmon Valley, Lovelock, Yerington, Gardnerville, etc for FREE (yes, that's right, FREE, no hidden charges!). If beyond those areas, we'll only charge you what it costs us in fuel, not for our transport services or any training we do with the horse while transporting them from the sale to your place (haltering, trailer loading, etc). Our goal is to rescue as many horses from the kill buyers as possible and help people find a nice horse at the same time.
And if the private emails we're receiving are any indication, every time our ad gets flagged on Craigslist (which so far is every time we run it), more and more people are wondering who would do it and why. They are believing now that there really must be some really good horses at the weekly Fallon sale and those that make their living dealing in horses, (kill buyers and horse traders primarily) really don't want the competition at the sale on bidding from regular folks like you. Keep on flagging us whoever you are, because you're just encouraging more and more people to attend the sale! :-)
For further information, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 775-223-9620.
*Just Remember: for various reasons (usually it's the kill buyers who make a living selling horses to the slaughterhouses by the pound and make a lot of money from it), Pro-slaughter folks don't want any horses that aren't perfect to be saved from the horrific slaughter process, and the horse traders and kill buyers certainly don't want the bidding competition. We'll never understand what some other people's motivation (other than the obvious people who DO NOT want regular folks to attend the sale and compete with them on bidding) is for butting into things that have nothing to do with them, but they are out there.
Please don't let their souless behavior turn you away from perhaps buying a great horse at the Fallon sale and possibly even saving their lives in the process.
We are also offering that if you do buy a horse from the Fallon sale and the horse does not work out for you for whatever reason, we will take the horse to our private rescue and will pay you whatever you paid for the horse at the Fallon sale. We will even come and pick them up at your place! If you instead want to try and keep the horse and need some help with training together, we will also come to your place and give you some lessons with the horse for free to see if we can hopefully help you keep the horse with some private instruction.
Either way, at this point, what do you have to lose by going to the Fallon sale and buying a horse?!?!
And believe us when we speak from experience and say, the horses that are rescued are usually extremely grateful and just may be the very best horse you'll ever be around!