horse disposal- of a healthy 4 year old mare??!
At the end of May, someone we knew gave us a horse to loan and train- she is a 4 year old ex racehorse mare with the sweetest temperement. The main reason of having her was to do Pony club camp on her, so that she could be sold for more money at the end of the summer (although I had always thought that we would buy her off the owner anyway). Sadly, due to the weather, camp was cancelled and the owner got impatient and said that she would take her away. We got her vetted so we could buy her, but she failed due to a sarcoid- and dodgy legs due to her racing career. The owner collected her that very day to take her away (this was about 2 weeks ago). Obviously, I was devastated and tried to find out where she had gone, but the owner was ignoring anyone who tried to contact her about the issue. A few days later, the owner got back to us and said that she couldnt find anyone to have her- would we like her or she would be put down.
Understandably, we couldnt afford to keep a horse with a failed vetting who would need expensive vet bills in the future. But we said that we would have her and try and find someone who would like a horse for light work and as a companion. The owner didnt get back to us again, and yesterday finally said that she was being put down today (wednesday).
She said there is nothing we can do about it, whats decided is decided.
So please can someone help me on what I can do. I have rung round just about any horse disposal service in south west england and asked whether they have had any horses meeting her description today that hadnt been euthanised yet. I just felt like I need to tell some people- and ask if anyone knows what I could do? She is the sweetest, loveliest and most caring horse who has had a tough life being beaten down the race tracks up until she came to us- and she is only 4!! How could anyone want to put a healthy horse down at that young age when there were other options available!?
I would be grateful for anyone who could advise me on what to do next. Would anyone know how I could get hold of any of the hunts' flesh collection services (in gloucestershire, england)? Or how I can prevent the owner from doing something similar like this in the future with another horse?
Any help or advice would be much appreciated, thankyou x