Originally Posted by wildhorsemoon
You don't know me at all..... Talk about close minded.... that would be this group.
Um.....pot, meet kettle.
My first post may have sounded a bit "short" and for that, I apologize, but the fact is, a simple search (or just 2 minutes of browsing) would have turned up how many posts about this exact same thing...10, 15, 50? That way, you wouldn't have been caught completely off guard by the reaction.
I can appreciate that you want to stand up for something that you believe in, but there is absolutely no call to get all snooty and whiny when people don't just flock to support you. Contrary to what you seem to believe, many of us actually live in the horse world, we are surrounded by horses, we see firsthand
what happens to the market when the plants close, BYB's keep breeding, and there is a drought that drives hay prices into the clouds.
When the market goes to crap and nobody can afford to buy the horses, you can't afford to feed them, the rescues (if you happen to have any in your area, which I don't) are full, and nobody even wants to take a horse for free because they
can't afford to feed it either, what happens to the horse then? They are left to starve in their pasture, they are hauled to the suburbs of some town/city and dumped in the hopes that someone will pick them up and take care of them, or they are hauled to auction where many go to slaughter.
I've got several at my house right now that would have been on someone's plate had I not taken them in. Can you say the same? I do what I can to help the horses I am able to help.
That means taking in a foal I didn't want and feeding him for 3 years, spending hundreds on a surgery that his first owner should have taken care of, and taking the time to put quality training on him just so he hopefully
won't be shipped to slaughter when it comes time to sell him.
Taking in a horse that is only sound for light riding because his owners have no use for him and don't want to keep him even though they have plenty of land to turn him out on. He's a nice horse but who wants to buy a horse they know won't be 100% sound? Where would he end up?
Taking in a pretty much unbroke 7 year old ugly, pregnant draft mare just so her owner wouldn't ship her to auction? How many people want a 2000 pound animal who's only good quality is that she's sort-of
halter broke? Oh, BTW, she's 10 months pregnant by a QH stud so you're getting 2 horses for the price of one...
Or, how about the horse that I was given by a customer. He's a gorgeous, registered gelding...that is guaranteed to buck your ass off every time you try to ride him. No amount of vet checks or working his ass off will get him to stop bucking. Who is going to want him? I can't afford to keep him for the next 20 years and feed him. Do you want him? I'll give him to you for free, but you will
end up hurt if you try to ride him.
There are too many horses for a limited number of homes. Stupid people will keep breeding their fugly mares for "kyoot babbies" or "she's a sweetie but she's getting old and I want a part of her after she's gone" or "well, I just didn't think that the 2 year old stud was old enough to breed all those 10-15 mares he was turned out with". People breed horses that have either a limited market or no market at all and other people go out and buy those poor, unfortunate, crippled/sick things to "save" or "rescue" them while good saddle horses are being sold for pennies per pound.
Until people, in general, smarten up about the whole thing, slaughter is pretty much the only option.
As for people breeding horses solely for slaughter...people already do. They keep their fugly arapintaloosapercheron stud out with their inbred morganquarterpaint mares and let them keep breeding and breeding and breeding and breeding even though they can't feed the ones they already have. I'm pretty sure if you can't afford to feed 3, then doubling or tripling your head count won't make the feed bill smaller so once every couple of years, they pack as many as they can into a trailer and just dump them at the local auction house. They don't bother to cut the stud, they just keep up the cycle of having foals and then hauling yearlings/2 and 3 year olds that are nothing but skin and bone to auctions.
At least if horses were cared for like cattle that are slaughter bound, where the whole point
is to keep them fat and healthy, I wouldn't have nearly as big a problem with it.
And with my rant over with, I'm done here.