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What Happens Unwanted Horses?

Before you sell your horse at an auction, read this

When a horse becomes too old to ride or you tire of your pet, do the right thing and put him out to pasture or sell or give you horse to someone who will take proper care of him.

You probably can't imagine that a time will come when you don't want your horse anymore. But this happens to horse riders all the time. Your pet may be a beginner's horse, and you've outgrown him. Or you feel that you need a better horse for competition.

If your horse is sold at an auction, the buyer may be someone who knows that the horse's meat is worth more than the price he is paying for the animal.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of horses are slaughtered and their meat sold, mostly in Europe and Asia. Perfectly rideable horses are killed all the time.

older gray horse

Even in the United States, most states have no laws protecting horses or the way they are transported to the slaughterhouse. Many times they are crowded into cattle trucks and not given any food or water for the several days trip.

Is this any way for an animal to end up after serving his life as a companion?

Retiring an old horse to a pasture is best. But don't ignore him. Old horses still need care and attention, and daily grooming. Don't just leave him in a stall.

If you do sell your horse, be sure it is going to a good home. If you are selling him for a very low price, a buyer may lie to you and say it is for his daughter or whatever, when really he is a killer buyer. Screen potential buyers by asking lots of questions. If you get a bad feeling about them, just say no.



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