Because I have lots of land, people initially tried to talk me into taking their dog usually with the accompanying threat that if I didn't, they'd have to shoot it. I'd agree to take it providing I was paid enough to feed it for it's remaining years and $500 to boot for vet bills that were bound to occur. Not the response they wanted. Kill buyer won't pay $250, maybe $50-75 tops. Plus trailering costs so the seller makes close to zero.
I must say I agree that it is a scare tactic! I know with the economy a lot of people are tossing away of good horses.
I don't want to start a war but nor do I agree or disagree, but we have to remember horses are livestock just like a cow or pig. If someone was unable to care for a horse and could not find it a home I wouldn't disagree about it going to auction. Yes, it may be sold to a kill buyer and it may not be. (I would never do this to my horse or any horse but it is reality!)
I would certainly rather it go to slaughter, hoping it's not the horrible ones like in Mexico and stuff then the see her posted on there starving and like someone rescue her when she is nothing but bones!
Horses are like dog and cats in a sense, too many unwanted ones and not enough homes for them...it is very sad but stuff happens.
Crooks getting horses for free, keeping them half starved, then posting these "Or else " adds. And charging ridiculous "bail" prices. Its a scam people stop feeding into it.
A person in distress will simply say they are in distress and need ot sell or give away. And leave it at that.
We have a couple notorious breeders on island that put up adds like this saying "buy my horse or I'm sending it to the Tongans". And non horsey people freak that the horse is going to get eaten and end up buying them from the breeders. When in reality these guys are just shady sellers. They are actually really nice horses but if they aren't built for either polo or English or they aren't the right color they just want to get rid of them quick.
Well... Hopefully the horse ends up okay. Obviously the owner is not very nice, so what I would likely do is buy the horse if its between 100-250, and then teach it a couple tricks, turn it into a kids horse or trail horse, and ask maybe $1,000 for it to a good home.
If you're serious about buying the horse, be sure to trot it out to see if it's unsound. Then turn it both ways in tight circles. If it shuffles to turn instead of placing one foot in front of the other, the horse has lameness issues that may be partly masked with a heavy dose of bute. If ok, offer $75 and no more than $125. You have to be trailer ready and don't pay until she's on the trailer.