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  • Writer's pictureCheri Marks

Saving Horses and Donkeys From the Brink: The Dangers of Horse Auctions and Kill Pens

In the heart of the countryside, where the serene beauty of rolling hills meets the noble spirit of horses and donkeys, there's a place called Jess's Haven, an equine rescue ranch with a mission to protect theses majestic creatures from perils of horse auctions and the terrifying destiny of kill pens.


Horse auctions are a dark corner of the equine industry that few people talk about. Theses events can lead to devastating consequences for horses, putting them on a one-way path to kill pens. So, let's shed some light on the dangers lurking in theses auction yards.


  1. Unknown Past and Future: Many horses sold at auctions have uncertain backgrounds. They may have been abused, neglected, or simply no longer wanted by their previous owners. This lack of history makes it challenging to assess their health and behavior, putting unsuspecting buyers at risk.

  2. High-Stress Environment: Auctions are hight-stress environments for horses and donkeys. The noise, unfamiliar surroundings, aggressive human interaction, and constant movement, going from one auction to the next, can lead to extreme anxiety and fear. This stress can result in injuries, behavioral problems, and long-term health issues.

  3. Misleading Prices: Buyers may believe they're getting a bargain at auctions, but the low purchase price often conceals the hidden costs of rehabilitating an unhealthy or traumatized horse/donkey. This can lead to financial strain for the new owners and sadly, horses/donkeys are still at risk of being discarded.

  4. Kill Pens: The most heartbreaking outcome of horse auctions is when horses and donkeys end up in kill pens. These are holding facilities where horses and kept until they are shipped out of the country to slaughterhouses. Many of these horses are healthy and have much more to give, but they fall victim to a system that values profit over compassion.

This is where Jess's Haven comes into play. They are dedicated to rescuing horses from these perilous situations, offering them a second chance at life. Through their tireless efforts they provide sanctuary, rehabilitation, and ultimately, a loving forever home for these equine companions. By supporting Jess's Haven, you're helping to break the cycle of suffering that starts at horse auctions and often ends in kill pens. You're joining a community that believes in the value and dignity of every horse and donkey, regardless of their past.


To learn more about Jess's Haven and how you can make a difference in the lives of rescued horses and donkeys, visit their website at www.colesranch.com/jessshaven and consider donating, volunteering, or adopting. Let's work together to ensure that more horses and donkeys find their way to safe havens like Jess's Haven, where they can thrive and experience the love and care they truly deserve.


Our beautiful Jess, rescued at the age of 19 years old, had been in and out of auctions for 10 months. He was traumatized from the whole situation, and it took time for him to trust us, but he did. He was a wonderful companion, and leader of the horses and donkeys at Jess's Haven. He had so much to give and we are so thankful WE were the recipients of his trust and love for 16 months before his passing January 17, 2023.

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