Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian
Serum horses are usually drafts or draft crosses. They get blood pulled once a week and the rest of the time, they eat very expensive hay, usually dairy-quality alfalfa. I used to trim 117 head for a serum farm. It was kinda cool to see.
When the gate opens to the building, the horses line up and come in. They don't have to be driven or pushed in because when they get in the building, they get a needle put in and a bucket of Purina Strategy poured in front of them. They eat while blood is drawn. Then they walk out and eat more hay. They're very picky about the quality of hay and grain because it affects the quality and quantity of the blood.
Sounds like quite the life! I ask because I have recently been digging up some information on my great grandfather and his horse, King Hi. This woulda been back in the 1920s or so. I came across an article about them where it describes King Hi (the statement in my original post) and it's a new piece of information to me and my family!
Maybe y'all can help piece it together since you seem to know about serum farms! As far as my family knows, he bought the horse for $6 on his way to slaughter. It's possible this could have been skewed from "on his way to the serum factory (farm)" instead of "on his way to the slaughter factory" I suppose, but the fact that the article says the horse "formerly served" as a serum horse, it seems like he did reach that destination and was not intercepted by my great grandfather. SO perhaps the serum farm had no more use for him and decided to send him off to slaughter where my great grandfather picked him up... Do y'all think that's what they did with the horses when they were "used up" or done with them? It seems likely since I can't imagine him going to a serum farm and asking if they had any horses for sale haha he must have been in limbo at that point...
Idk if I explained my thought process very well there haha ^