I think I remember reading in HI that all horses born during or after 2007 must be N/N to be registered. Can anyone confirm this?
I can disprove it, sadly. A quick Google search found me multiple 2008 AQHA registered N/H Fillies and Colts =/ Bummer.
Originally Posted by xilikeeggs0
It's like buying a puppy from a pet store to 'save' it. Yes, you're helping that 1 puppy, but you're also encouraging the puppy mills to breed even more dogs.
It may seem similar to your analogy, but it really isnt =/ When you buy a puppy from the Pet Store, you're still paying full price. And as kchfuller said, they will practically give away dead-beat race horses. I owned a Thoroughbred that never made it to the track as he was pulled from training because of a cartiledge issue. He was purchased for $150,000.00 and then trained for a solid year (don't know how much that costs) not to mention, fed, groomed, etc... he was sold to a horse trader for $50.00 where he was starved half to death. I won't go into the rest of his sad story... as it doesn't have a happy ending. But my point being that as kchfuller said, $50.00 won't buy another race horse. $50.00 buys the owner lunch at a fancy restaurant. Its too miniscule of an amount to even put toward a purchase of another Race Horse.
Technically, we can also point the finger at the Mills that produce Race Horse Oats. They are producing feed for Race Horses.. so they're lending to the problem D: same with Seminole Brand feed (they make a special blend for track horses) and so on and so fourth. If they stopped making that feed then the horses would have to eat feed from Tractor Supply, which won't be sufficient to make them run right. I can also blame farriers. If they didn't think to make aluminum shoes some of these horses would fatigue easier (since the other shoes are iron and heavier) and they wouldnt strain themselves when they run. I also blame the vets for giving these horses their vaccinations and coggins tests. If they didn't, the horses wouldnt be allowed to trailer anymore, therefore never end up on the track.
Of course, i'm being silly/stupid/exaggerating when im saying all this that i wrote above. =) But i think what I wrote sounds just as silly as saying that rescues are lending to the problem. Now, if a rescue is paying $20,000.00 for a horse... e.e;; but i don't think thats what we were talking about =)
Anywhoo.. i hope that all makes sense =)