Fears dozens of horses would have to be euthanised have been averted, after every horse at Echuca’s sales found a buyer.
With truckloads of horses – mostly quarter and stock horses and Clydesdales – arriving in Echuca from drought-stricken Queensland and NSW, auctioneer Andrew Wilson had feared many wouldn’t find a home would have to be put down.
But every one of the close-to-200 horses was snapped up on Friday, with the pre-sale publicity causing unprecedented interest. Just six have ended up in the hands of abattoirs, none of them thoroughbreds.
“They all sold,” Wilson told The Age on Friday afternoon. “There were nearly 200 [horses] here. We registered 300 people [as buyers], a lot more than we normally would, a lot of new faces and they came and they bought and they were excited.