Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: foothills of Virginia
'Slaughter takes care of the overbreeding problem,' this has been stated over and over. But the reality is that big time breeders, the mega farms that churn out hundreds of registered horses all the time, they KNOW even the culls will sell. I personally know a guy who does just this, and his sister has told me there is really no expense to him, except in taxes on his land he would pay anyway. But he advertises as a breeder, makes out like he is so great and knowledgeable, and sells at least a third of his unbroke stock, under 5 years old, btw, to kill buyers. He has little or no overhead, since he set himself up decades ago. He is definitely contributing to the overpopulation problem, with no reguard or sense of responsibility, and he IS being paid by slaughter for his culls.
I AM glad to see that the truth about all these poor starving horses being 'saved' by slaughter to be a myth, tho.
No, breeders don't breed for the meat market, or for any other market. They don't usually care where the horse ends up, they breed for the money, nothing else. That in itself isn't bad, but denying responsibility for thier charges is. The breeder I am speakin of definitely sells to the meat men, but I am sure he would rather get a few grand outta them.. THAT is why they make so many, for the few that will bring the right price, big bucks some of them if the person is willing to pay that. For the rest, well, who cares, right? THere is always the meat men and auction houses......
Know thyself, know thy horse.
Last edited by DarkChylde; 12-27-2008 at 09:59 AM.