Too many people over breeding horses. Are you one of them?
Most horse people do not intensionally breed for the horse meat market. BUT everyone in the horse breeding business or hobby needs to realize that any of the horses they sell or give away can end up going to slaughter one day. If not in America, where they are trying to put a stop horse slaughter, then across the border in Mexico. We all have to awake up to the fact that there is an oversupply of horses for the quality-home-horse-riding market. This oversupply ends up in the human food meat market.
I am not against horse breeding, but if you care about the horses you breed then breeding has to be done responsibly — the best horses to the best horses in limited amounts that the riding market can handle. And you should include after-the-sale information and help to give the horse in its new owner the best chance at making a lifelong bond.
I just received the following email message from a horse rescuer in Texas. These are not old, crippled, ugly-minded horses, they are young healthy and pretty mares with new foals at their sides. Many truck loads of slaughter bound horses look just like these, so please think about these horses before you breed your next foal.
Here is the email message…
Please find attached a flyer on some mares and foals that were rescued from a feedlot while awaiting transfer to a slaughter house in Mexico. Currently, these beauties are in Lubbock, Texas in a 30-60 day quarantine for health safety purposes. We are trying to help place these foals in our area and will be arranging for their transportation.
As many of you know, we are a small organization and can only have a certain number of horses on our property, so we hope anyone interested in adopting any of these horses will contact us to get the ball rolling. I only have these photos for the moment, but if you’ll contact me regarding the horse or foal of interest, I will obtain the additional information you may require. Adoption fees will vary depending upon whether you are interested in the pair or an individual selection. All adoptions will include current coggins, de-worming and vaccinations, where applicable. Estimated adoption fees will be $500 for a weaned foal, $900 per mare or $1,200 for the mare/foal pair.
My understanding is that these are mostly gentle broodmare types and will require love and the commitment of time and patience, but as you can see they are all beautiful…some needing more groceries than others!
For more information on these horses for adoption please contact Marian Mastin though her contact page at, Adopt A Foal. She also has other mares and foals for adoption, their info is posted on her site.
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I would love to hear from you about what you are doing to help prevent your horses from ending up in the meat market. Please leave a comment. Note: I will not post nasty flame comments and that is not the way to get people to come around to your view of things.