Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oxford, Nova Scotia
• Horses: 0
Well this pain in the patooty is living in a little place called Nova Scotia, Canada. I used to live in BC (the exact other end of the country), and because I wanted to be sure that my horse never wound up at a slaughter house, we moved to where land is MUCH cheaper. Now we have a small acreage where they will spend the rest of their days, whether it be til they are 25 or 35. They are 17 years old and I got them for my daughters when the horses were 6. The girls are gone, but the horses are not.
They have never been bred and never will be because I made a decision not to add to the horses in this country. It is all very well and good to say that your horses will never go near an auction, or a slaughter house. But no one has a crystal ball and your situations could change and then where will your horses go? If my situation changes, and I am thinking it won't because we have set up our retirement so that our income is just about as safe as one could hope for it to be, and we have no debt, then I will seriously consider putting my girls to rest before disaster strikes and I have to send them to auction. You may sell one of your babies to someone that seems very sincere, but that is no guarantee. People can lie, all the while smiling at you with all the luster of their pearly whites to convince you that they can be trusted.
You mention people not being thrilled about what you are doing. Just curious, as to why you are surprised. How many shows on tv are there, like Animal Cops and Animal Precinct, where people are spending their days going to cases of animal abuse and they try desperately to educate the public not to breed their animals. I think you will find that more and more, the climate that looks on this kindly will wear thin. And if you were standing here in front of me, I would say the same thing.