Every year thousands of Haflinger Foals are bred just for the entertainment of tourists in Austria and Switzerland. And at the end of the season at around November time thousands get butchered. Just because their mane is too dark or they might have the "wrong" colour! They go on an awful trip across europe to Italy, France or Poland. I have found a video on youtube and its is one of the most heartwrenching things I have ever seen! Foals been beat up a trailer, nasty injuries, fear and this constant screaming for their mums. I have a very close friend who is member of a horse charity. One year the had raised enough cash to rescue 5 of these foals.
She told me it was the worst thing they ever did. They had to play god and had to decide which foals were going to live. What they did was, they had a big horse box and they parked it right in this big building where all these horses were waiting around. And the horses that were mostly interested in this box where the ones whose life took a turn for the better. They got rescued.
I so would love to rescue one of these poor souls but I know I havent got the knowledge just yet.
I just hope that one day the breeders will change their minds and not breed as much foals anymore.
If anybody is interested in some websites where you can rescue a hafliner foal let me know!