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RE: [RC] Dealing with the over supply - heidi

Kat, you took the words right off of my keyboard.  I was trying to stay out of this, but honestly, trying to control breeding by banning slaughter is like pushing a rope.
I guarantee you that when you tell mare owners, it is wrong for them to kill their useless mare, that MANY of them will decide to breed her instead.  I know it happens because I have seen it happen...more than once.

Fostering a culture in which it is considered wrong to kill a horse and make use of its carcass has CONTRIBUTED to the over breeding of horses because it leaves alive animals to be bred which otherwise would have been killed before they could be bred.  The compulsion to use a horse that you are feeding for SOMETHING is strong.  Far better to arrange to for it to stop needing feed than to arrange to breed it.
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