Day 2, sale of warm blooded horses and ponies
The AWF|TSB and Eyes on Animals team is present again today at the horse market. The usually calmer second market day is sunny, but still bitterly cold. About 40 riding and carriage horses are brought in for sale and a few ponies. One horse is in bad condition. The new owner promised to initiate proceedings against the person who caused the mare’s suffering. As in previous years, one team member is patrolling the market area with road police. One of the trucks inspected turns out to be a surprise: they find cattle inside, and not horses. Even though the focus is obviously on horses, the transport is inspected and a severe fine is applied for tying the cattle by their horns – a painful and forbidden practice, and for mixing adult bulls with cows.
The market ends about noon, with only a few horses sold.