It's no matter if daughter is a 3-year-old, and mother is 10. The 3-year-old still nurses from her mothers teats. For us, we find the process of separating unweaned mother/child units at auction to be inhumane and added shock, and will do everything in our power to avoid at all costs.
And so, by auction's end, the two remain together, happily eating, side-by-side.
Also rescued tonight were Hip 529 "Great Journey," Hip 517 worn-out racehorse "High Z," Hip 533 "Singlestar," Hip 537 a sweet dun Quarter Horse mare, Hip 545 the "jack" donkey, and after selling to the kill buyer for $80, Kentucky-bred Thoroughbred stallion "Seattle Souvenir" safety was also negotiated.
We bid on a number of other horses in need tonight, but were pleased once again by the solid turn out of the multiple rescues we've inspired to join us. There's always more horses at auction than the rescues and private buyers can keep up with, and even still, some will slip through the cracks.
But far, far less than when we started this, two years ago.