Yes - there are places that rural. Do YOU know how to properly shoot a horse to ensure it will not suffer?
YOUR decision to not send a horse down the road on a truck. Many individuals do not have the option. It's not a sob story.
Well I know how to shoot a cow, so I imagine a horse isn't much different. And if there is anyone who could shoot a horse so it didn't suffer, it's people in rural areas. But it doesn't matter if I could or not. I've scraped before with money. If I had an old, sick or injured horse, he'd be euthed. By the vet, whatever that cost would be.
When you say "not an option" are you referring strictly to finances or that there is not a vet in these rural areas? If there is no vet, then what happens to horses that are injured? They can't be selling every injured horse. I realize there aren't vets around the corner, but I would hope that a horse owner, even one in a rural area, does have a vet that they use, no?
I'm just not sure what you mean by they don't have the option. That was my original question. The only answer I've seen so far is they didn't want to spend the money.
I have no doubt that there are many people who are tight on money. Gosh I've been there myself. And vet bills always have a way of coming up at THE worst times. But I have a hard time believing that every person who has sold to auction did so because of money reasons and not because of convenience.
I thought when I started this post that perhaps there were people who truly believed that a horse they couldn't use anymore could be euthanized or that maybe it wasn't an option. But I kind of answered my own question. In a rural area, you'd still need a vet for an injured horse, so the rural thing doesn't really make sense.
I guess I'm looking for an answer that I'm not going to find. I just can't imagine spending so much time and money with an animal but still not seeing it as anything more than livestock that is meant to be eaten. Different mindset I guess.