One of my favorite aspects of living in the country is the local tack/livestock auction. It's actually in the next county over, so about a 40 minute drive, but totally worth it! The first Friday of every month they have tack and then horses. Sometimes we take a big group from the barn, sometimes it's just me and one or two friends. Frequently, I tote along a dachshund.
Double K clippers (needed minor repair, total investment about $50 -- although now I do need to replace the cord... but still, they're $430 clippers!), a vaulting suricingle, so many teal things (halters, lead ropes, buckets, hind shipping boots), a bucket full of rusty clipper blades (I had a plan to clean them up and sharpen them -- they're still in a bucket in my shed, oops?), a Health E-Z Hay Feeder, and more!
|Photo off the EZ Feeder FB page.|
|I didn't buy this actually, but my neighbor did! Spiffy black/red pony cart!|
I usually leave after the first few horses run through. Most of the stock is in bad shape (thin, overweight/foundered, long hooves, lame, etc.) and a lot of them go to the kill buyer. It gets pretty depressing to watch. I can't take DH at all -- he has a weird obsession with mules and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to keep him from bidding if they run one through while he's there.