Yes, this thread is old, and has been hashed to death.
I will give my opinion, once more, hopefully, without being long winded.
Unless you stop breeding horses beyond the 'supply and demand', there will be excess horses.
I agree with Cheri's point that not all excess unwanted horses are due to over breeding, but disagree strongly that over breeding is not a big factor
In horse industries, esp, where horses are bred towards a certain goal, with that horse business operated as a business, you are going to have many culls The racing industry is certainly a prime example-horses that don't win, produce money, need to find a new job, or the option of slaughter remains, unlike many 'family ' raise horses, where that horse has a home for life, whether he is useful or not, and certainly not because he generates money, as many of those older horses have expensive medical issues, where any business would cut their loss by 'disposing of those horses, through any option available
The PMU industry was also a great example of horses being bred, as a 'by product', where urine quota drove the breeding, and not demand of those offspring
Certainly, there are horses that do not 'deserve to be rescued.
I, and many others would rather put a faithful horse down, then send him to slaughter, squeezing every last dollar out of that horse, who served me well
At the same time, if slaughter is the only option, besides neglect and starvation, then far better for that owner to at least give his faithful companion that end.
I disagree that only unless horses go through that auction ring, bound for slaughter, and not countless numbers, due to irresponsible breeding
Many people breed a mare, because they never get around to training her, and afterall, she does have a uterus, and it would be 'so cute, to have a foal
Or, why not have that long yearling stud, running with those fillies, as that is ;'cheaper' then gelding him, or praticing responsible horse ownership
That 'cute baby', bred for nothing in particular, grows up. Reality set in. those owners can;t train him, and to send him out for training, would cost more than what he would sell for.
Big solution-cut your loss and have that horse driven through that auction ring, esp if he has been porking up good , on free choice rich pasture-meat buyers love such a horse. Those horses are not crippled, not really bad minded or old. They are just the result of irresponsible breeding. I see it all the time, at the local all breed horse sale
Yes, we need slaughter option for horses.
Any lobbying should be done for humane transport and slaughter
Close the slaughter option in the US or Canada, and you condemn many of those horses to a worse fate then death.
Trucked long distance to Mexico, where once they cross that boarder, no regulations in trucking apply, and the slaughter itself is also not inspected, with horses often stabbed many times, still alive when hung on the assembly line meat hooks
Others are left to neglect and starvation, in some pen or back pasture
Theer is a reason the veterinary profession supports slaughter of horses, as there are worse fates than death, and if you don't control the ;rate of flow at the taps, then you can't just plug the other end, but need a place for the over flow"