You're right. Stop the over breeding. It's ridiculous. Educate people to more responsible. Go rescue horses. But regulate slaughtering so it's more humane, don't ban it completely.
And yes, horses do run untouched like feral dogs/cats. There are a sad number of idiots who have a herd of horses for no reason and don't touch them. An untouched 3 year old to me is the same thing as a feral stray. The difference is that it takes a highly trained person (and a heck of a lot of time, energy, and money) to make them somewhat suitable for the average horse owner. And all those hundreds of thousands of unwanted dogs/cats that get euthanized each year? Slaughter was the horse's population control. It is very expensive to euthanize a horse and deal with the carcass. So what do you do with all of those unwanted horses? I would like to know what people's answer to that is... I have yet to hear a good practical doable option.
And some (often lots) of breedings happened because someone did nothing about a situation. You wouldn't believe how many times I've heard "I stuck her out with a stud because I didn't know she was old enough to breed" or "my stallion got out of his pasture and I found him with a herd of mares". To me that's just as bad, if not worse, as overbreeding.
I say that we as a horse community need to stop taking the easy way out and get together and find solutions, rather than all the bickering and fighting. We need to appeal to the registration community (who make large sums off of over breeding, what do they care,they get money for every registered horses and transfer fees for very tranfer, they NEED too many horses, more horses, more money.) Also, the penalities should be made much stiffer for animal neglect, in my own area the humane society went to great lengths to get video of a puppy mill, and the people got a small fine and are still in business. THIS needs to change. THEN, I think ALL reigstries should be like the Fresians, they should be approved by VERY critical standards, and reasonable limits on breeding should be introduced, and an animal pass rigirous standards to be allowed registry. (Now, this does not mean I support the NAIS movement, let me clarify THAT.) Also, I think that the assembliy line slaughter we have now can never be 'made' humane, it was created for cattle and done by those with no concern whatsoever for the animals they lived by. Also, the great need for horse meat for human consumption that brings the big money for horse meat will end when legislation is approved and the border problem can be addressed (as the bill is an agricultural budget bill the border problem cant be addressed (supposedly, tho they log roll in what they want if it's pork)) and America isn't producing the horses for all those countires to enjoy thier FlickaBurgers. THEN I think we SHOULD create a humane, quick death, where the stoppage of the heart is certifired before skinning, and the meat used to feed the hundreds of thousands of cats and dogs in this country,(or IF we use the meat for human consumption it be to feed the starving millions in Darfur and all the other places of the world not germaine to the conversation but another truly nobel and good use of the meat from our PETS) open up lots of jobs for eople to compete with China and CHina doesnt hafta poison any more of our beloved pets and big cooperations like Alpo and Purina can have a little competition, which would create SOME market for horse meat (altho NOT for human consumption) and still be able to process the PETS we all have when they reach the end of their life spans, or become to injured or sick to have any quality of life anymore. I also think we as a community should band together and fundraise (if Obama can do it we should be able to ) and buy up some land out west and create a reserve that will be monitored and managed (but NOT by the govt, grumle grumble) to deal with the overpopulation problem now. Also, if we would stop worrying so much about tryin to impress somebody and resist the urge to join the throngs of breed snobs, and rescue the next horse we want, that would also make a differnce. The horse 'industry' is most definately NOT looking out for the future of horses themselves, but I am.