In VA, the high end horses ($15,000-$30,000) are still selling, but the 'regular' horses are going for nothing, or next to nothing.
I just picked up a lovely TB who has only been off the track 2 months. He needs to be retrained, which is why he cost me nothing to purchase. I'm extremely
fortunate that I'm able to afford his retraining, otherwise I'd have never taken him on.
Horses are being discarded in the woods and on other people's land, and the rescues are turning horses away, because they just don't have room.
I haven't heard of anyone shooting any of theirs, but I wouldn't be surprised if they are; it's just not something people would make public.
I already have plans in place for all of mine, should the unthinkable happen. The 3 horses worth something already have takers, and my one old guy who has arthritis and heave issues would be put down.
It truly is desperate all over.