So its your right and freedom to breed poor quality animals with health problems, not take care of them and then complain when "all teh prettie horsehs" go to the slaughter house. Yep, very American ideology.. anyone with a conscious that thinks before they breed, 95% of horse owners, is contributing to 5% of the equine population boom. It's the 5% of people who's mares 'need a foal' that are 95% of the issue. Any decent legislation would not affect the 95% of responsible horse owners.
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Here's a thought! If all the decent horse owners boycotted buying horses from the crappy BYB, maybe they'd stop breeding crappy ill conformed, sick or unwanted horses? I mean honestly, there's some stupid people in this world, but some of this breeding is SUPPLY AND DEMAND.
My horse Kiera was bred to be a "sports horse"...this was no stallion jumping the fence. Just a lady with a bunch of quarter horse mares and a black Perch stallion. She was so broke that she traded Kiera and her dam to the woman *I* bought her from as payment for some sort of services rendered, and they accepted since they figured they wouldn't get paid otherwise.
Fact of the matter is, that lady probably wouldn't have bred my horse if she didn't think there was a market for "Sports Horses"....
Or we could just walk up to the owners of these operations and give them an all-american punch in the face....or better yet, our stern disapproval (and subsequent withholding of the money). xD
ETS: I bought my horse from the second "owner"....I was unaware at the time of all the horse overpopulation/slaughter issues, but I guess I should have known given the state of cats and dogs in this economy. Even so, I'm glad that lady bred at least my fugly baby...but I'd never breed her!