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post #31 of 35 Old 07-30-2014, 11:55 AM
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It's not all about irresponsible breeding. Many horses are kept in stables within municipal boundaries with stringent laws against burying livestock. These horses have served their owners well and in return have received excellent care but as the end approaches, slaughter is often the only viable alternative.
Never have I heard that slaughter is the only viable option. Never.

Slaughter or starvation? Why are those the only two options spoke of when there are many other ways to end life? I've had to let horses go, so have many friends. Not one was shipped or starved.

I couldn't imagine sending an old friend "who served me well" off on any journey without me being there. I'll return the favor & serve them well too (& not with a side dish).
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post #32 of 35 Old 08-01-2014, 11:46 PM
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Natisha, what options do you recommend? There was a time there was a rendering plant near every major center. A horse could be put down and the rendering truck would pick up the carcass. Those rendering plants are few and far between now.
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post #33 of 35 Old 08-04-2014, 11:16 AM
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Natisha, what options do you recommend? There was a time there was a rendering plant near every major center. A horse could be put down and the rendering truck would pick up the carcass. Those rendering plants are few and far between now.
For starters:
Humane Horse Remains Disposal : The Humane Society of the United States

Call equine clinics & ask what they use. They put down more horses than the average person (the horse most likely goes to a land fill).

Ask someone with acreage if they will allow burial on their place. I do it free for people I don't even know. Can't hurt to ask.

No money for euthanasia & burial? Get a cheaper phone, skip the nail treatment (although I don't know any horse people who actually do that), request birthday & Christmas gifts be $$ for the horse, cut back somewhere, on something. You won't be feeding the horse any longer so there is money right there. Sell something, beg, borrow.....be creative.....we have to come up with money for all kinds of unforeseen things, all the time, at least I do.
Prioritize.

I'm all for people choosing what is right for their circumstances & beliefs. Each of us has to live with our decisions & if someone is uneasy with the thought of their horse going to slaughter, as I am, they should know that there are other ways. Not always easy ways but other ways.
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post #34 of 35 Old 08-04-2014, 01:29 PM
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Never have I heard that slaughter is the only viable option. Never.

Slaughter or starvation? Why are those the only two options spoke of when there are many other ways to end life? I've had to let horses go, so have many friends. Not one was shipped or starved.

I couldn't imagine sending an old friend "who served me well" off on any journey without me being there. I'll return the favor & serve them well too (& not with a side dish).
Let me start this by saying that any of my horses that needed it have been euthanized and buried here.

When you come here, to this site, you are preaching to the choir. The people here are the ones who care about their horses. When we talk about slaughter or starvation we are talking about the multitudes of people who, unfortunately, exist.

Just because we don't own those horses do we not care about them? Do we turn our backs and pretend they don't exist? There are tons of people who treat their horses as objects, and as soon as that object loses its usefulness, it gets sold or disposed of. They don't care where the horse goes, as long as it doesn't cost them anything. If I had the money I'd go buy all those thousands of horses. WE care about our horses AND we care about the horses owned by those who don't, care.

Save your judgement for the people who don't care, those who leave the horses in a pasture (with no grass or water) to starve, to those who send old crippled horses to auction, knowing exactly where that horse will end up, and don't care.

We either have slaughter houses in the USA, that can be monitored, or we allow horses to be transported to other countries to die horrifically. Those are the choices. I would love to live in your perfect world, where dogs and cats all had wonderful homes also. But, we live in this world.

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post #35 of 35 Old 08-04-2014, 04:06 PM
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^Piggybacking off of the above post... Well, exactly. xD People on this site obviously care enough about their horses to try to broaden their knowledge and networking by coming on here.

But not all horses are so lucky... We (you, I, 'they') don't have any control over what other people do with their horses. It's very probable that a horse could end up in under qualified, or even cruel hands. This likelihood goes up for every unwanted horse that's bred, unfortunately.

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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