Originally Posted by trailhorserider
Why, because people want to butcher them for meat? I would rather horses are "free to a good home" than worth $500 to the slaughter house. I value their quality-of-life more than a few bucks.
That is why I am so afraid to part with my horses. You just don't know where they could end up.
I fully agree with you. I'd rather give a horse free to a good home, than have it slaughtered. I also did not say that she will have to put her to slaughter.
But it is a very unfortunate truth, that when horse slaughter stopped inside the USA and transport prices to neighboring countries were unaffordable due to rise in gas and diesel, horse prices took a severe dump and the horse industry was severely hurt because of it. Even here in this very thread, you see the complaint about "how years ago, a good trail horse could fetch 2500 Dollars and more, and it's a shame that it isn't that way anymore". Supply outstripped demand. Prices dumped. Economical Law.
I did not want to turn this into a pro/con horse slaughter thread - there are plenty of them out there. The only statement I put - and am pretty sure stands true - , was that, if nothing else, prices will be on the rise again.