I saw something on the Lucky Starz page that really irked me. Under the post of a gelding with a badly swollen and oozing knee, a person had commented, "Good for you for taking a horse with an injury! You can always fundraise for vet expenses!"
This got to me as I have had my better share of rehabbing "lost causes" and in that pursuit I never once have asked for someone else to front the bill for a horse I couldn't afford vet care for. Now don't get me wrong, it pulls at my heart strings just as much to see the weekly horses run through, but I can identify and use my better judgement to see that a lot of the horses coming off that page will never live a comfortable life. And that's as sad as their original fate. How is buying a slaughter bound horse any different than any other purchase in terms of your financial promise to that animal? It must be nice to know that when you can't front the bill, some poor sap out there will donate to cover your irresponsible purchase.
Surely you saw the colt with the horrible pasterns? He will need expensive surgery to ever even be comfortable moving. Isn't it cruel to keep a horse like that alive for the benefit of making us less sad than it is to humanely put an end to a painful life?
It's not for the horses' well being, it's for human happiness.
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