"I had my eye on the albino white one, number 18, but I don't think we'll get it," said Kristen Hill of Carbondale.
The 17 horses will be sent to Woodstock, Illinois, where the Hoofed Animal Humane Society will work to find them permanent good homes. Some folks who were outbid at the auction argue there are plenty of good homes here in southern Illinois.
"They just want to save the horses from bad people, but not all of us here are bad people," said Leroy Hill of Carbondale.
"I know some people have been less than pleased, but we had an obligation to come here and protect these horses, so that's what we did," said Sheeley.