Long term consequences for the American horse market.
So... The JC registers about 35,000 a year, most of which do not make it on the track and have to find another home.
The BLM wants to dump the 45,000 currently in holding pens.
http://www.mustangmillion.com/homepage/ (And how many of us experience with wild horses, so they are essentially looking to place these horses with folks who have never dealt with a mustang before...)
The AQHA registers over 100,000 per year, and holds the distinguished title of being the most well represented amongst the slaughter bound population.
And I lets not forget the Arabian and Standardbred racing industries, and all those who "backyard folks" who breed without a purpose or a plan.:no:
On COTH, we have an active population of people trying to push the convoluted ideology that 1) many/all of these horses are 'valuable' prospects while simultaneously 2)claiming they are in "need" of homes immediately. Oh and, while the pushers don't want the horses themselves, they are SURE that everyone else is 'missing out on an opportunity' by not running out to 'snatch one up' immediately!!
So what is the overall effect on the horse industry in the USA of having an ever increasing group of people dedicated to 'rehoming' horses for free/super cheap? Do we think this will make the industry better overall? Is it helpful in the long run to invest ever more energy into cleaning up the messes left by segments of the industry that produce so much equine waste product?
How about they 1) clean up their own mess 2) don't make so much mess in the first place?
The AQHA is 'pro' slaughter. They know that if they are going to burn through horses at the ages of 2-4 then they have to have someplace for all that horseflesh to go when they are done. (Personally, I think the AQHA should open up their own slaughter plant. They make they mess. They clean it up. They take responsibility for their way of 'doing business.')
But since we all know that ain't gonna happen.....:o What will the long term consequences be of
1)Continuing to produce so many unwanted horses.
2)Directing the industry's energies NOT towards the development of skill in riders, trainers, organization of breeding, competition, licensing, etc BUT instead towards dealing with the garbage heap of the thousands upon thousands of horses that are left to 'trickle down' to the folks willing to clean up the garbage pile? (Currently that garbage pile includes 45,000 BLM horses, hundreds of thousands from the racing and QH industries, and God only knows how many that are unaccounted for.)