Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Feedlot Horses

I read a blog from Horse Plus Humane Society about their ongoing investigation on a local kill buyer (local to California). I learned a few things.

But after looking at all the horses in the Texas feedlot, it just breaks my heart. All those that I just posted are most likely already on a truck headed to a Mexico slaughter house. Apparently slaughter houses in Mexico are for the "lesser" horses and the ones in Canada are for the "better" horses. I don't know what that means other than possibly "quality" but I really don't know.

I'm just heartsick over seeing so many lives that will be or have already been lost. Once they load onto the truck at the Texas border, they are lost forever. I wish there was more I could do. I'm starting to stash away some hay here and there but that will only help if I can handle taking on one more horse. But I can't commit to anything at this point.

Based on Alex Brown's investigations, most horses from South Dakota head to Mexico instead of Canada. That though really makes me sick. It's so much closer to Canada than Mexico. If only we had more land to put up hay and more land to graze, and of course more money to keep the vet bills down to a minimum. I feel like I'm not doing enough when I look at all those YOUNG horses standing in line.

They are standing in line because someone taught them that they needed to do what was asked of them. They put their trust in humans and now look at what happened to them. Their life is at the mercy of humans and I'm struggling with that thought. They are SO willing to do whatever they ask of you and yet, thousands are considered "unwanted" although I believe that's a bunch of crap. Each one is wanted, it's simply a matter of finding the right person at the right time. Anything is possible.

I don't know. Maybe I'm being overly emotional (but I don't think so after looking at all those faces and those soft brown eyes just begging for someone to love them).

I wish there was more I could do. More I could give of myself. Any suggestions?

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