another old horse looking for a safe place to land.
Carol · Jun. 19, 2007
gosh, these old horses break my heart. once they are useless, unable to be ridden any longer and the feed/vet bills start adding up and their desperate owners cannot find anyone with a good heart and a willingness to fork out for expensive care with no personal gain....what are they to do? the auction becomes the only real alternative. at least with the auction, they can pretend that maybe their old time friend found a retirement home to finish his days. almost all of them find the slaughter house in reality. how utterly unfair is that??? it just breaks my heart.
the one thing i regret is i didn't have enough money to buy more land. i didn't know there were so many senior horses out there in desperate need. i did not know how very expensive senior horses are to keep. i did not lnow that most horse rescues have to limit the numbers of useless horses to one or two and focus on the ones that can be sold or adopted out again or there is no way financially they could survive.
i did not know that the few people who would consider fostering an old horse would look to us to give them a horse and cover all of their expenses so to have a foster horse that doesn't cost anything ever. but we cannot afford that either.
i don't know what to do. there is a rescue in the states that out and out tells people to be responsible and stand by their horse while it goes down. i think in the long run, maybe that is the most compassio nate thing that someone could do for a very senior hores who has spent his life in human service.
what sad thoughts to start the day with.