Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Ending all horse slaughter would kill the entire equine industry, if there is nowhere for unwanted horses to go then we will get horses on street corners starving to death, then there realy will be uproar from the animal rights activists and then no one will be allowed to own horses.
Dangerous horses, horses with serious issues etc people are not going to pay for them to be pts. The £300 needed to have a horse pts by a vet and the the £500 minimum needed for removal (you are not allowed to bury horses here) mean that it costs at least £800 to have a horse disposed of.
£800 will feed a family of 4 for 4 months if they are careful. It is 2 months of mortgage payments for a lot of people!
I personaly have taken 1 horse to the meat man and sent anouther to the local hunt.
The one that went to the meat man was out to kill you, it reared, bit, came at you in the field or the stable, put 6 very experianced horse people in hospital for significant amounts of time (shortest being 6 weeks). You couldnt get near the **** thing. We bought it at an auction and it was a beautiful first pony untill the drugs wore off. He was herded onto a horse lorry, unloaded straight into the killing pen and shot. I regained £300 of the £800 I paid for this horse and better I didnt pass this horse on so that it could kill someone.
The one that went to the hunt was an old hunter who had been caught in a stable fire, he became nasty and associated people with pain nd distress. We tried for many years to fix him mentaly but it came to a head one day when he came over a stable door, picked a girl up by the side of her face, pulled her back into the stable and essentialy started savaging her. She lost the sight in her left eye and her ear on the left side she also has horrific scars on the left side of her face.
Now if you managed to get a bridle on this horse without getting killed he turned into something just about handleable but he couldnt be used for anything due to his injuries. He couldnt be turned away in a field as here in the UK fields are not that far from people and he was a danger to anyone who even got remotely close to the field gate (and people will always pet the pretty horses even if you have signs up).
So he went to the hunt yard, he was loaded into a trailer, taken to the hunt yard (where all the hounds where) and as soon as he heard the hounds he got very very excited, obviously thought he was going hunting (that used to be his job and he loved it). One quick humane bullet later he was dead and then he was fed to the hounds. Only cost me the fuel to get to the hunt yard and a very very peaceful end for the horse.
When stan died (found dead in the field) it cost me £500 to have him taken away (I was on a livery yard so not able to bury)
When Rian was PTS at our house it cost £300, we have buried him in the field but have done so totaly illegaly and could face large fines if the council find out.
Not everyone has the facilities or ability to bury a horse and not everyone can afford to plow that sort of money into having a horse PTS when the horse could bring in that little bit more money needed to keep you afloat and able to eat yourself.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT