Tell me about it lol, so many people will be big macho men behind there computers and in real life they could be 12 years old with a horse care book in hand. How old are your fillys now? What do they look like?
Ha ha yes I know what you mean. I always figure the real pain the patootys are probably living in the bronx and only see horses with cops on them.
My fillys will be 2 in a few weeks they are 10 days apart on birthdays. Saro is a chocolate flaxen and Shiloh is what I would call a chocolate. Shiloh is the one standing next to the sorrel in my avitar. Here is Saro I just posted this pic in another thread.
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.
Yes and if you were standing infront of me, I would tell you this ONE horse will NOT send 5 more to slaughter. I live in onatrio. There isnt a slaughter house for hundreds of thousands of miles. I think the closets one is in bc or somewhere up there. :o thanks for your insight though
I believe the only slaughter house in Canada that deals with horses might be in Alberta. Do you really think that it is only Alberta horses that are processed there? In fact, the horses that go through there are coming from auctions all over Canada (including Ontario) and the United States. Just because there isn't a slaughterhouse in your neighborhood means nothing. Your horse has just as much chance of winding up there in the tragic event that something goes wrong in your personal life and you can't keep them.
I know how lovely babies are, and I can imagine that looking out the window and seeing that long-legged little lovely bucking around the pasture would just give you so many happy moments. Those of us who keep saying don't do it, are not insensitive to that sort of thing. But I would say many of us, also have a picture that is painful and horrible playing in our minds as well, and that picture involves that beautiful baby, but all grown up and imminently tragic.
Sorry Deb, didn't mean to imply anything. You have to realize there are some out there who do make it up as they go along on message boards. I applaude you for your kind heart and pro-acitivist mindset.
I unfortunetly know how the slaughter houses work. I never said a horse form ontario couldnt end up in one. But I am not planning on selling the foal, and If I do so be it. Breeders all over the world would have no horses if they all though maybe it could end up in slaughter. Alot of high end breeders agree slaughter is a good thing in some cases. I am not a fan of slaughter myself. My filly or colt whichever sex it is will not be going to a slughter house. I have many good horse friends always looking for horses for friends anf such. It will be a good useful horse and ill pretect it I promise you that. If that helps put your mind at ease even a bit.