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        11-05-2009, 11:46 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    I am so frustrated with this market.

    I received an email today from a friend in the Southern part of the state. She said the people are taking their stock and shooting them in the far corners of the pasture because they can't take care of themselves let alone their horses. No one would take them for free either.
    A man she knows was over joyed when his horse disappeared in the middle of the night. They later found it with its hindquarters chopped off.
    Something has to give. I hate seeing horses with potential being wasted.
         
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        11-05-2009, 11:51 AM
      #2
    Banned
    Ooops...NM
         
        11-05-2009, 11:58 AM
      #3
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Crimsonhorse01    
    I received an email today from a friend in the Southern part of the state. She said the people are taking their stock and shooting them in the far corners of the pasture because they can't take care of themselves let alone their horses. No one would take them for free either.
    A man she knows was over joyed when his horse disappeared in the middle of the night. They later found it with its hindquarters chopped off.
    Something has to give. I hate seeing horses with potential being wasted.
    That really is sad Crimson, but at least the horses aren't being starved. Euth by bullet really is humane, if done correctly.

    I can't imagine finding my horse with his hindquarters cut off. How brutal! Poor beast.

    Something will give eventually, trust me. With every downswing, there will be an upswing. I've lived through several recessions, and there's always a rebound. Unfortunately, some people may not recover financially, so there will be repercussions for a long time to come.

    It's sad to see people lose hope and do what has to be done in order for them to keep their families together and a roof over their heads, but I understand.
         
        11-05-2009, 11:59 AM
      #4
    Weanling
    Alwaysbehind, most I think on this board know I am pro slaughter. But I do really hate to see horses with potential be wasted. Im all for the lame, bad confo, nasty horses being culled. Its a part of having good stock. Something just have to give. Somewhere. Mt needs to get itself in order or something.
    What is the news in your area?
         
        11-05-2009, 12:07 PM
      #5
    Showing
    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.
         
        11-05-2009, 12:37 PM
      #6
    Trained
    Well I have to say that I would rather see them shot their horses rather than let them have a slow painful death of starvation over the winter.
         
        11-05-2009, 12:51 PM
      #7
    Banned
    Thankfully in this part of NY has not had quite as much of a slump in general as other areas have felt. We never had the huge upswing that happened before this down swing so though we are depressed here I guess it did not hurt so bad since we never were overly flush. (Does that make any sense?)

    I do know that lots of people are cutting back though.

    It is depressing that so many horses are suffering because of the bad economy. Thankful that their owners are putting them down instead of letting them suffer though.

    What frustrates me the most is. The good breeders seem to the be only ones who are reading what is going on and saying 'ok, we have to breed less'. The freaking back yard breeders are still producing away.

    The more I read CL the more frustrated I get about that.
         
        11-05-2009, 01:30 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    I was wondering about the more populated states with boarding and all. I agree that shooting is better than letting them starve. Its just a waste though and soo frustrating to hear. I told my friend that if she decided she had to shoot one Id take one on. :/
         
        11-05-2009, 01:42 PM
      #9
    Foal
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    "What frustrates me the most is. The good breeders seem to the be only ones who are reading what is going on and saying 'ok, we have to breed less'. The freaking back yard breeders are still producing away."
    I so totally agree with this statement, they are practically giving the colts they breed right now away in my area (to include some good pedigree stock)..when are they going to clue into the fact maybe they need to stop breeding for awhile? Some think they are going to make a quick buck(the back yard breeders)...it doesnt work that way. I feel for the horse industry right now...
         
        11-05-2009, 02:19 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    What frustrates me the most is. The good breeders seem to the be only ones who are reading what is going on and saying 'ok, we have to breed less'. The freaking back yard breeders are still producing away.
    Exactly!!!!! Unfortunately that applies not just to horses but to dogs and other livestock as well. Not to hijack the thread but..... We have sheep and it is just amazing to me the number of small hobby size owners that are continuing to breed when there is NO market for breeding or show stock and no meat market to speak of either. Even more fascinating to me is the fact that the majority of these people are women. Humans don't HAVE to have children every year so why do we think our animals have to? Stop Breeding!!! I actually said this to one woman after she was complaining about the fact she couldn't find homes for her lambs. Her response....a blank stare.
         

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