Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
While you may not be able to fathom selling a horse to a meat buyer, it happens all the time. People either don't want to or can't afford euthanization and to properly dispose of the body.
Plus, gaining a few hundred bucks for meat price is mighty appealing to many people, especially when the alternative is spending a few hundred + for euthanization and disposal. Beyond that, a person can send a horse to a sale and pretend in their minds that the horse went to a loving home where it will live out its days happy as a clam. A person can just dump a horse at a sale and promptly make up whatever fantasy ending they had for said horse.
But what I don't understand is why people make it sound like they had no choice but to send it to a meat buyer. I get that it's an option, but I don't see how it is spun like it's the only option.
Okay, let's say a person sends their horse to auction and pretends it went to a loving home and wasn't killed. I guess that would be the equivalent of a person who brings a dog or cat to the pound and just pretends it was adopted instead ending up out the back door in a plastic bag.
But what about people who just flat out sell to a meat buyer and act like they had no other option? I don't get that.
I don't want to single a person out, but the person in the other thread is what I'm talking about.
They took the time and money to bring in trainers and said they just gave it all trying for this horse. Then she tried to find another home and nobody wanted it. At that point, why not just have it euthanized where you know it's just going peacefully in its sleep?
I can see how a horse DEALER would sell to a meat buyer.
I can't see how a person could say they put so much time and money into their beloved pet but then had no choice but to sell it to the meat buyer?
See what I mean? Sure euthanizing is expensive. But like I said, if you have a horse that you planned on feeding and providing vet care for, and brought in trainers for, how can you suddenly not have the funds when it comes to euthanizing?
Are there places where there are no vets around to euthanize? I've never lived anyplace extremely rural so maybe there are places where you pretty much would have to shoot your horse or sell it to a meat buyer? I don't know.
I would not keep a horse around if I felt I was in danger. I don't see a problem with finding a good home for a horse if things aren't working out. But I do think an owner owes their horse to opt for euthanizing over the meat truck. Gosh even a bullet to the head is better than the haul to Mexico with a knife in their neck. Even the worst horse deserves better.