Equine Disposal at the Kennels
Sort of a delicate subject, and not one I wanted to inquire with my hunt in case of offending anyone.
In the UK, it was rather common place to ring the local hunt and someone would collect an ailing, aged, sick or sorry horse, and it would become food for the hounds. I knew one woman who plaited her old whip horse up for his final "hunt" and ceremoniously dropped him off for his final day at the kennels (a bit morbid, but I suppose fitting).
Is this also practiced in the US? I have a friend considering putting her horse down before winter, and was wondering if her reaching out the the local hunts would be appropriate or offensive to the kennel staff.