Horse health is in danger
Was not sure what to title this message. However I do feel that for all horses in the US currently are under some extreme conditions that could lead to their deaths or being abused. Now please understand, I am not picking on anyone in particular or trying to single someone out. I actually do believe and pray that anyone that signs on to this message board is caring and providing good care for their horses whether it be extreme from pampered pets to providing care as far as nutritional and medical needs but no more.
Now to the point...
I have read at least several dozen articles in the past 6 months and most recently 2 in the last week about the horse industries dilemma dealing with 1). Economic hardship, 2). The industry that created horses as "little children" and the owners as parents, and 3). The elimination of the slaughter market.
*** At this point I want you to hold your tongue (or fingers) and finish reading this before posting against what I had just said. I will finish off on a good note and tie this all in together. ***
These things are creating a bigger problem for all horse owners. And I will explain each on individually and how it creates problems for horse health. Some examples will leave you hanging, but wait for the end.
1. Economic Hardship: This is one of many causes that have lead to the price of horses to fall. This has also created opportunities for liars and cheaters to sell problem or sick horses to families or individuals that have no experience. Also, with the flooded market of horses, this has caused even more problem for the horse owner that needs to sell or donate their horse because they can no longer care for this animal. With the combination of a flooded horse market and the economic times; horses are being left to defend for themselves... (Okay next topic)
2. Industry created horses as "little children" and owners as "parents":
This is a very ill thing for the horse or even livestock community. Animals are very different from a human child. An animal can and will hurt you quicker than a child will. These animals mature quicker than the child as far as advanced development... blah...blah...blah... (Another story). Horse are one animal that people kind have become more fond of and even the experience rider or handler can get seriously hurt or even killed from a 1000 - 1500 lb horse. These animals are not children, they are not even anything like a dog or cat that lives in the families home. Even though they are close as far as some personalities on some horses. This thought that has been created has made some people believe that they need to dump their entire life savings in to these animals even other options are available. For example, a lame horse that will forever be in pain is put up in a 12 X 12 stall and provided the best care. The horse lives for another 10 years, but in pain. In reality this animal's health is not good due to the amount of pain that he is forced to live with. What ever happened to natural selection? Where do we draw the line is it 1. With a vet bill that is estimated for be 2000 + 2. With an Outlaw animal that cannot be reasoned with (even when given every opportunity and taken to the best trainers in the world) or 3. When you’re loved one (human) is hurt or killed by this animal? ( Next topic)
3. Elimination of Slaughter Market...
How are horses to be culled? In some ways I am against this item and also for it the same time. When we have ranchers, breeders, and the common folk breeding horses it takes on a whole new meaning. They continue to contribute to the ailing market and economy. Now I am not saying that everyone should stop raising horses entirely. In one of the articles that I read, the rancher decided to cut back the number of mares that he is going to breed and raise foals out of. The mares that the removes from the broodmare band are put into training to become useable riding horses for another person. That is one way he is going to help reduce the number of horses that is contributed to the horse market... If these mares are usable riding horses then another person can reap the benefits of a mature, trained, and broke to ride animal... not a young animal. Again, the market continues to be flooded with broken down horses that are not usable, outlaws, and animals that are not cared for. When someone cannot cull, sell, or even give away their horse, it will end up costing the health of the horse, and others around them.
To tie this together, I will mention that there are ways that people could help to prevent the health or horses being jeopardized. I am not trying to say to lift the ban on the slaughter market. Trust me I have seen the videos and pictures of these animals being abused. However we are creating a larger problem by increasing the number of horses that are going to end up being abused in some way, either it be mentally, emotionally, physically, nutritionally, or in otherwise leading to the degrading their health and eventually their death. We also need to consider the needs of those that are around these animals. Remember the outlaw animals that are left to hurt your loved ones or the sick horse that is sold to a family that has no experience and end up costing them more money than they could afford
Good note: We need to find way to educate potential buyers and breeders. As some people do volunteer their services at the local animal shelter, why not volunteer your time or money to the horse resuce programs. Horse are beautiful and graceful animals and are apart of God's creation.
Last edited by Velvetgrace; 03-09-2009 at 08:57 PM.