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    02-06-2008, 04:21 PM
Maybe the horse market would improve if we all started riding/driving horses to work. It would definitely save on fuel and it would be a lot more fun. I saw something about a couple of high school girls that started riding their horses to school. It gave them time to do their homework on the ride. Maybe hitching rails next to the bike racks.
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    02-06-2008, 04:25 PM
I always wanted to do that Vida! I think it would actually be better for everyone because not only does the horse get exercise, but the rider does as well. Not to mention pollution wouldn't be as bad, and its obviously going to same money on fuel.

I could just imagine having to go to shop rite to get milk or something riding my horse. That would be fun.
    02-06-2008, 04:25 PM
Haha, that would be a sight, for sure
    02-06-2008, 04:56 PM
Vida found the answer...that would be great! Of course I live about 20 miles from my work, and about 10 miles from any stores...that would be quite a chore.

We need to start a horse village that all of us can move to and exist with horses being our primary transportation. :) I will teach at the school house :)
    02-06-2008, 10:29 PM
I think in Australia we don't have the same problem because horses are valued a bit more.

A large percentage of horses in Australia live on the cattle and sheep properties, and are essential for mustering. A good working stockhorse is valued extremely highly, as can be seen by the high prices being paid for well bred, typey stock horses.

The horse culture in Australia is also very family oriented, often horses belong to an entire family of horsey people, and this ensures that knowledge of training and care and responsibility is passed down.

Also our horse community is quite closely knit and supportive on the whole, so if someone gets in over their head with a young horse then there is often help for them.

There are quite a few auctions in country towns and such here, and from my experience the most abundant breed present is the tb, especially those too slow or conformationally unfit to race. Unfortunately these are also the prime candidates for the knackeries.

I think the difference here is there are quite a few genuine horse people that purchase at auction, and can recognise a horse with potential, therefore prices aren't as dirt cheap as you would expect.

Mostly I think ti is just a difference in our dependance on horses, and as jazzy said the way we value them.
    02-07-2008, 07:51 PM
There are a lot of differences in our 2 countrys but the love of the horse I think is shared by both countrys. I think we care about them just as much as Australians. I think if the 2 horse slaughter houses where closed in Australia it would effect the market there. Land use is also an issue here. Rural areas are becoming less available here because of population expansion. The US and Australia are about the same size in land mass, but Australia has a population of around 8 million versus the US at almost 300 million. I'm not sure on the statistics in Australia but the estimated horse population in the US is 9.2 million. We have been delt a multiple blow by the influx of Premarin mares from Canada, the closing of the slaughters, the fact that our wild mustangs are captured and adopted out versus Australian brumbies being "culled" by open shoots. The US opening ethenol plants that use 31% of the corn crop and of course our mutual drought problems causeing finacial problems for horse owners.
To say that we care less for our horses is incorrect. We have the same heritage in which the horse played a very valued role.

Edit: Wow that was tough info to come by, but the horse population in Australia in 2006 was 221,042
    02-07-2008, 09:20 PM
I apologize, I wasn't trying to imply that you don't value your horses.
I think though, just the way I see it, that there are more people over there who are in the horse industry for profit or gain, as opposed to a genuine love for horses. I suppose that could simply be because you have more people.

Also, they are tryiong to bring in changes with how we deal with our brumbies, to try and adopt them out like you do. It makes me happy :]
    02-08-2008, 08:38 AM
To true and sadly so, The more people, the more chance of animal cruilty and stupidity.

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