I don't mean this to sound combative. I've spent the past year on several horse forums. This is a serious question. Why do people always resort to the meat truck comment as though they had no other choice for their horse?
For example, I was just reading in that long thread about the problem horse that someone bought a horse, tried and tried and then said she gave her away and she probably went on a meat truck.
Are there no vets around to euthanize a horse? If I had a problem horse and I tried the very best I could and decided I wasn't the home for him/her, the first thing I'd do of course is try to find another home. Full disclosure on the issues I was having. Even if it meant giving it away.
But if nobody wanted the horse and it was deemed dangerous, I'd like to think that an equine vet would euthanize it. I cannot fathom giving a horse away or selling it to a meat buyer. I can't imagine sending it to auction not knowing if it will be bought by a loving home or a meat buyer.
Are there occasions that a vet wouldn't euthanize? It just seems like the kinder and even more responsible option.
I'm sure it's expensive. But could it be more than a few months of what food and care for a horse would be anyway?
Again, serious question. It just sounds like a lot of people infer they had no choice but to sell the horse to a meat buyer when I would think/hope that euthanasia is a choice.