Thursday, March 15, 2007

The wisdom of Solomon couldn't fix this problem

One of the most controversial issues in the equine world lately is that of horse slaughter. Many horse-lovers are fighting to ban it totally. I respect their opinions and appreciate their love for horses; but I see nothing but trouble, if slaughter is totally done away with. In Kentucky, people are already turning horses loose in the old strip-mine areas. They are left to fend for themselves, or starve. For more about this problem, read HERE. This article mentions that sending horses to the glue factory is no longer an option, because glues are made of synthetics these days.

I love my horse. If Cliff and I are able to stay here in the country long enough, I intend for Blue to live out his days here with us. If he gets to the point where he has no quality of life, Cliff will painlessly put him to sleep for me. Cliff worked in a butcher shop for years, and he knows how to give an animal a quick death with a well-placed bullet.

I had, during brief losses of mental lucidity, talked about someday breeding my filly, Libby, to a jackass so I'd have a mule to play with. After reading about the glut of horses on the market, I hereby swear in front of the whole world that I won't breed Libby, ever. That would be as irresponsible as letting an un-neutered female dog roam the neighborhood. And believe me, here in the country I've seen plenty of that.

Isn't she pretty?

I've been ponying her a lot lately with a saddle on her back, and she's thriving on it. I originally thought she'd be a big horse. I don't think so now. The best Cliff and I could figure, she is 13.2 hands, and she's two years old next month. She'll do well to make 14 hands, I think.

Yesterday I sat briefly on her, in the saddle. She reacted not at all.


Joyful Days said...

I think you are a thoughtful person to decide not to breed your mare. It would be hard if I had one not to want to try to stir the equine pot and see if I could improve it, but as you say there are too many unwanted horses.

Over five years ago I had to give away my beloved Beau. I never thought it would come to that. But mercifully he was able to live out his life in a pasture with friends.

Miss him a lot.

Your girl is very pretty.


Robbie said...

That's so horribly sad. I believe being the caregiver of an animal is a responsibility equal to raising a child. You wouldn't set your child out in the woods to starve. How can you do it to a domesticated animal that knows no differently.

Thank you for caring for your animals as well as you do.

Leigh said...

Beautiful animals. I'm just not an outdoor person. I'm a computer geek. But I agree with you, they should still be treated with respect in every way.

toni said...

I had no idea. How sad. And Libby is beautiful. Yes, do tell the boys to stay away from her.

The Guy Who Writes This said...

I agree, Donna. There are way too many horses and especially too many untrained horses. While horse shopping recently I saw so many horses that were getting minimal care in facilities where they are never visited by their owners. Fortunately the stable owners care for the horses. It is so sad to see a horse live in a 12 X 12 box every day.

Celeste said...

It is sad to see the horses slaughtered.... sadder still to see them starve.

TeaMouse said...

What a beautiful horse!

catherine said...

BB (age 4) says he would like a horse like that for his birthday. Somehow I don't think that will happen. Horses and trampolines are on the "no" list. :)

Midlife Mom said...

I totally agree with you on not breeding your mare. There are way too many neglected horses around that could use a good home like yours. I have all geldings so don't get tempted. BTW she is just gorgeous!!!

BarnGoddess said...

your filly sounds like she is coming around great! She is beautiful.

I think stopping horse slaughter completely is wrong. I think the way they slaughter horses is completely wrong too, a more humane method should be used.......