I just read a newspaper story from SLC,Utah that a horse was shot and butchered this week right in someones pasture. They say the horse had one gunshot, but did not die easily and most likely suffered. The horse was butchered and then those parts likely sold on the black market for horse meat. There is an $8000 reward posted for any information on the killer/killers.
I don't live in Utah, but that is only a few hours from me. I had no idea that there was a black market for horse meat, but I guess it really doesn't surprise me, if there is money to be made on something , somebody will figure out a way to do it.
We moved our horses back home for winter feeding last week, after reading this, I am really glad we have them in the backyard.