Originally Posted by ponyboy
if by "with vet" you mean euthanasia, that isn't allowed for horses meant for human consumption. I can't find the article now, but I think in Iceland they take them one by one into a room and shoot them. They also have a good system of quality control – all horses are microchiped, and when a horse gets a drug humans shouldn't have, and alarm is put on the microchip to say that it can't be slaughtered for human consumption for a certain length of time.
You can buy some really nice horse hides in Iceland too. Horses are actually a better usage of feed than most domestic food animals. The horse is useful to humans for years in different capacities. Then when it's life is finished (and I've seen some live a long time...my cousins mule is in his 30's) it can provide a good quality protien. Horse is also one of the few animals that the better quality meat is from the older animals vs the younger ones.
Probably why the horse was so vital to many ancient cultures like the Scythians, Huns, Mongols and the horse tribes of the US. Both for the work and food it provided.
Not many animals can claim to provide as much use as the horse when you take everything they can be used for into account.