I've had this discussion with lots of clients so I figured why not. Kill pens are horses bought by a kill buyer to flip. However, using the word 'rescue' and 'kill buyer' makes people sympathize and pay the prices they want. You're not rescuing anything. You're buying a horse from a horse trader who has a title that makes him sound like an evil villain. The horses that are actually marked for slaughter are generally the crazy ones who can't be touched, are aggressive etc and they are not for sale at the kill pen, they are the slaughter bound ones. These nicer horses are another dimension of what the kill buyer does as a side business. He just pretends they were bought for slaughter. Kind of brilliant if you think about it. The horses that are available have been picked by the kill buyer to resell. They are generally well mannered, cute colored or marked, some of them ride. They are marked up to what the KB believes he can sell them for by making people believe they are endangered. They are to an extent, they may ship eventually, also may be put through the sale again if they don't sell from the pen. The are most times not in the eminent danger you are lead to believe. I am not against kill pen sales, but see it for what it is. You're buying a horse from a horse trader. Period. There are some nice horses in there. However, you are not rescuing anything or 'bailing' anything. The horses do sell for below their value most of the time, with that comes risk of health issues and unknown history. This is how kill pens work IN MY AREA. They're not all the same.