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Sat, Aug 14 | By Zootoo Pet News Staff | 16

Thanks to the HSUS and Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, 17 horses have the chance to be adopted into loving forever homes. For 17 horses in Oklahoma, the path to rescue has been long and difficult, but has a happy ending at last. On Thurs… more ›

Months After Accident, Oklahoma Horses Reach Safe Haven
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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

I wonder if someone selling a horse can keep them from being sold for slaughter.

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Judi D.
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Judi D.
4 years ago

There is always a risk.

One way to help is to never price them less than their value in horse meat. That way, the killers can't make a profit.

Never sell at a general auction! That's where the killers get most of their horses.

Often, sellers will put it in a contract that they have the right to first refusal if the buyer plans to sell the horse in the future.

One way to help a horse have a good future is to make sure he/she are trained well and taught good manners. Well-trained horses are more likely to be kept or sold to future loving owners. But there is no guarantee.

I have never sold a horse because:
1. I fear their future if the new owners have tough times.
2. After spending months or years training, they are too good to let go. It takes a lot of work to get a horse where you want him.
3. I simply love them too much.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

So glad that the survivors are still with us. It does break my heart that horses are being slaughtered & treated like refuse...it needs to stop NOW!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

stop slaughtering the horses

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kathlene d.
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kathlene d.
4 years ago

I am against slaughtering horses, and I am glad that these horses did make it to get another chance in life. I was really happy when they closed the US slaughter houses down, but now I see that there is an over population of horses and now they are being shipped across the border to be killed. It is a very sad situation and I am not sure what the solution is. Of course we need to take respnsibility and not get an overpopulation, but we also need people to realize what raising a horse will cost in the long run. I have had several horses given to me in the last few years that people just did not want anymore, or could not afford to feed them. I found them good homes, but I had to give 2 of mine away a few years ago too because I came into hard financial times. But I made sure that we had a contract and no matter what, my horses would never go to a sale barn or to the slaughter house.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

un fortunitly out of site out of mind. canada is one of the places they send them to

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

this is a great article. sad but great

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i would love to see them hhopefully running and playing

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Stacy H.
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Stacy H.
4 years ago

Glad to hear these horses will find loving homes, but what about all the rest? People need to relize that this is a huge industry. When they were allowed to be killed here it was done under the care of a vet, now we ship them to Mexico to be brutally killed and suffer horriblely before they are turned into dog food.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

the killlers even buy up the fat and healthy kid camp horses after the season is over

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

stacy years ago when i had horses the killers would ship them to canada. it was also used for human consumption

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Judi D.
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Judi D.
4 years ago

I have talked to my vet and farrier, and both say that the breeders have drastically reduced the number of horses they are producing. I am hoping, that in years to come, there will be less unwanted horses merely because less are being produced.

Overpopulation is a problem in the horse world, as it is with cats and dogs. When we had slaughter houses picking up the excess, it made it easier to overproduce. Now without the domestic slaughterhouses, the changing views on slaughter and with the bad economy, things may start to change.

I sure hope so. No horse should be unwanted.

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Stacy H.
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Stacy H.
4 years ago

I hope you are right. I just cannot imagine selling a beloved riding horse just because they got old. But I guess a lot of folks see them as livestock and nothing else. I wonder if they think about what will happen to these horses when they leave them at the sale barns.

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
4 years ago

I hope they all find forever homes soon.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

forever is not always good. hope for a forever good home

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

when i used to go to the horse auctions there were killers everwhere. the thing is they were buying young fat and kid proof horses.

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