Frequently Asked Questions
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Additionally, effective immediately:
NJDA is now requiring that all horses being purchased from the #10/Feed Lot are required to have Health Certificates, even those staying within the state lines of New Jersey.
~What is Camelot Sales/Livestock Company?
Camelot is a Central New Jersey horse and livestock sale barn. They run a weekly Weds. Night sale that features a variety of horse tack and equipment, small animals as well as equines.
~Beyond the Weds. Sales, THERE ARE ALWAYS HORSES AVAILABLE AT CAMELOT SALES - you can go any day of the week to buy and/or sell a horse to the proprietor. . The proprietor does maintain a feed lot. When a group is gathered, they are shipped to Canada or Mexico for slaughter. Please note that this is perfectly legal in the United States and all federal and state laws and regulations are followed.
~Where is Camelot Sales Located?
Camelot Sales & Livestock, 43 Brickyard Road, Cranbury, NJ. Proprietor is Frank Carper: (609) 448-5225.
~How do I buy a horse from Camelot Sales?
Pre-Sale or During the Sale:
You can go there any day of the week to see what is available and buy a horse. Horses are sold to the establishment or consigned in all week long for the Weds. night sale. The proprietor also purchases horses from other auctions to have available for customers. The sale is open to the public. On Wednesday, you may arrive any time to view the horses, see them ridden and/or try them yourself. Any animal that is on the premises as of 4 p.m. must run thru the sale. Before 4 p.m., you can often purchase a horse for a pre-sale price.
To bid during the auction, you must go to the office and obtain a bidder's number. You will use that bidding card (by holding it up) to signal your intent to bid a certain price on that horse. Often lately, no-one beyond the proprietor is bidding on horse. In the event that the 'house' purchases a horse for the Feed Lot, it will be announced that '#10' has purchased the horse. Occasionally, a consigning owner will 'no sale' the horse if their price is not met, or choose not to sell to #10.
Once the horse is owned by #10 (Feed Lot), if you choose to purchase it, you will be paying whatever the proprietor purchased the horse for, plus $50 for his profit, plus $55 for the state-required Coggins Test and Health Certificate, plus sales tax if you are not a tax exempt organization. (Ie: #10 paid $250 for the horse - - you will be paying $300 + $55 Coggins/Health Cert + Tax)
**Once a horse is a '#10', he is sold 'as is', You can longe, handle, flex, vet at your own expense, but there is NO opportunity to try them under saddle. That time is before and during the sale.**
~At this point, you have probably seen the horses on a posted list that is distributed weekly by several rescue groups in an effort to give the #10 horses a second chance. You have the choice of going to the facility in person to purchase directly OR you can call the proprietor and purchase the horse over the phone. In the event you do choose to purchase over the phone, the pricing guidelines above will apply. Make sure you have the horse's hip tag no, that is the number you must reference ('that bay gelding' won't do it). Frank will take a credit card number over the phone. Once you pay for the horse via credit card on the phone, the horse is yours.
How long to these horses have before they are shipped out? - - Normally, the horses ship on the Sunday evening following the Weds. Auction.
OUR 'CAVEAT': IF YOU CALL OR GO TO LOOK AT THE HORSES, be polite to the proprietor. We want to keep the lines of communication open. He did NOT put these horses in their predicaments, their irresponsible owners did, he's cleaning up their messes. He's a business man, if you purchase a horse from the Feed Lot, you will be paying meat price - he will get that price whether he gets it from you or via the slaughter pipeline. Also, do not call just to "kick tires" or ask random questions - - call only if you are serious about pulling one of these horses to safety.
Arrange Transport- You've purchased the horse, now you must get him home. You must arrange Transport. If the horse needs to stay at Camelot longer than a day, be prepared to pay board until you can arrange pickup. That normally runs $20/day.
I don't have a trailer, or I'm too far to transport Personally - - On this website is a current list of transporter who transport from Camelot on a weekly or 'as needed' basis. Often you can save if 'rides' can be combined with others purchasing horses from the same facility. Look for the Transporter Coordinator information on the Transport page on this website.
Arrange Quarantine- Once these horses have co-mingled in the pens at a sale barn, they should be quarantined away from other equines for a minimum of three (3) weeks to ensure that a contagious disease is not introduced into a healthy herd. Quarantine involves keeping the horse isolated from other horses - - they should NOT be able to touch noses, share water, feed or hay sources and should be outside 'sneezing' distance from other equines. Handle them last, do not share grooming equipment, wash your hands, change your shirt if they wipe their faces on you, etc. The most virulent virus with which we are concerned is 'strangles', which is highly contagious and which has a 3 week incubation period. Horses from auction/sales situations can also contract simple ailments such as 'colds' and upper respiratory infections from the stress and crowded conditions. Sometimes this condition is called Shipping Fever as they will normally spike a high temperature.
I don't have room to quarantine, or I'm at a boarding barn and can't bring in a potential 'Typhoid Harry' There is a list of farms/facilities that are offering quarantine, check the list for location, availability and price.
KEEP IN MIND THAT THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE HORSE WILL BE THE LEAST EXPENSIVE PART OF THE TRANSACTION!
If you want to rescue a horse, but don't have the ability to quarantine and rehab directly from the feed lot, check out the available horses held by the various rescue organizations. The adoption fees may be a bit higher than the auction price, but the horses have been quarantined, vetted, evaluated for temperament, training and suitability for various disciplines and jobs. Overall, that adoption fee will be less than it would actually cost in 'out of pocket' expenses to get a horse to this point. And adopting a rescue-horse gives the rescue organization space and funds to pull another and repeat the process.
Can I Donate Funds to help Save a Horse from Shipping to Slaughter? ~ Many generous people often offer to pay to pull either (a) a specific horse or (b) any horse to safety, although they cannot personally take possession of the horse.
In that event, we will make a notation as to who is offering to pay 'bail'. Our intent is to give 'first refusal' to existing, bonafide equine rescue groups. This is due to the fact that they have the knowledge and infrastructure to quarantine, vet and evaluate these horses to ensure that they ultimately are placed in suitable situations - -matching horses and adoptors in regard to skill levels, temperament, special needs, etc.
Also, at times, the rescues may have approved private homes/foster homes that could take in the horses as well, through their auspices. There are several rescues that regularly pull horses from the Camelot pen and we can/will put you in touch with one. If you wish to contribute in-part towards a pull fee, we suggest that you contact a rescue group directly that is collecting funds to save a horse, perhaps a horse that you have interest in assisting.
If you choose to contribute bail for a horse to a private individual who had offered to take in a 'prepaid horse', it is your responsibility to ensure the suitability of the potential adoptor it is suggested that you at least obtain and check a vet and stable reference.
I Am an Individual who Wishes to Offer a Home to a Saved Horse: It seems to becoming prevalent for individuals to offer homes for an 'all expense paid horse'. If there is a situation like this, the transaction must be directly between the two parties, unless an organized rescue offers to be the 'third party agent' to a specific transaction.
If you need to raise funds for transport, the fund-raising is solely the responsibility of the person to whom the horse is to be shipped to.
The general concern is that if an individual cannot contribute at all towards a horse's pull fee and/or transport, perhaps they are not in a financial situation to afford the horse once he arrives. Please keep in mind that these horses are stressed and can become ill any time within the first month. Many stories can be told of the $100 rescue horse that cost upwards of $1,000 in vet bills. Please, we know you want to help and save a life, but make sure you're not taking on more than you can afford.
For those Private Transactions - things to contemplate ~ Is the home a permanent home or a temporary rescue placement? ~What if the horse doesn't work out turns out to be too green, too old, too lame - - who's responsibility is he and where does he go? ~What if the horse becomes ill or injured, who's responsibility is he?
~The individuals and organizations involved in the weekly dissemination of information regarding these horses cannot be held liable for the health, suitability or temperament of any horse listed. Users of this site understand that horses and horseback riding and activities incidental thereto involves risk of injury, including the possibility of serious physical injury.
~Users of this site further acknowledge that the behavior of any animal is contingent to some extent upon the ability of it's rider/handler and assume the sole responsibility for and agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless any and all persons involved in the rescue of these horses from any and all loss and expenses, including all legal fees.
~Users of this site also assume all risk and danger incidental to horseback riding whether occurring prior to, during or subsequent to actual horseback riding, any and all persons and volunteers involved in the rescue of this horse are not liable for any injuries or damage to myself or any horse owned or leased by myself or to any family member or spectator accompanying myself resulting from these or any other causes of any kind.