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RE: [RC] horse slaughter - kathy . mayeda

I think that a lot of halter bred horses who are "culls" become good family pets and endurance horses.  Just because they don't fit into their breeding program does not mean that the horse is a dead horse!
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From: Terry Banister <ebeyrider@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Near as I can count, "CULL" is a 4-letter word.

It is the breeders' responsibility to decide ahead of time what they are going to do with the horses they don't think they can make a buck off of.

I have heard that Sheila Varian no longer has "culls"

From: kellswaterfarm@xxxxxxxxxxx
To: sherman@xxxxxxxxxxx
CC: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [RC] horse slaughter
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 15:26:51 -0500

On a similar note....EVERY good breeding program will produce cull animals.  I don't care HOW magnificent the parents are...some of 'em just "Ain't Right."  And some times the breeder may not know that is the case until it is a grown animal...where do these go?
Yes, more responsible breeding would be a great thing (and greatly reduce the number of "culls" and probably INCREASE the likelihood that the cull has SOME function).  But it is STILL going to happen.  Add to that the fact that people are just NOT magically becoming more responsible about their breeding....what to do?
I WISH there were still local places to take a horse for slaughter, where I could watch to be sure it was humane...
But then, I, too, want to see my OWN remains used for science...or at LEAST fertilizer, not take up space in a golf course with a lock of stone obstacles....sigh!
----- Original Message -----
From: sherman
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2007 3:18 PM
Subject: [RC] horse slaughter

No, Raven, your case is not the type of horse that I?m referring to. Your horse was a good horse, was loved & cared for, served you well, then got sick (tumor). I?m talking about the horse that never is considered a good horse, gets passed around to unwitting owners. No one ever really cares much about the horse because they soon find out that the horse was misrepresented to them and they try for awhile to make it work, the horse finally ends up to be too dangerous to be around. What do you propose be done with these horses?
Agreed. Been there...done that. Just last year, I put down my
once-in-lifetime horse due to a brain abscess that left him totally
dangerous. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life
as a horse owner, but there was no way in hell that I was going to
ship Wizard to slaughter.   Even at the end of his life, when I feared
him...he deserved a death...at
 home, with me holding the lead line.
And yes...I paid the rendering truck.


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