Where I live, the economy is in the toilet. People are leaving in droves. Yesterday, hubby and I drove through town and even more empty shops are on display. (Which in a perverse way, most true locals are glad the newcomers are gone. When they started coming in years ago, prices of property and taxes skyrocketed. We do have some spectacular weather and scenic views. It's ebbing back to 'normal' in terms of population.)
My hay guy is starting to have trouble financially because horse ownership is down and he can't sell enough hay to make it worth his while...or rather is getting to that point.
One of my horses was an abandoned horse. I had to chase him down in a huge pasture where someone had dumped his (now) nicely rounded butt. Now, I'm hearing there are yet more horses out where I found my guy.
The livestock sale here sold three stud horses the last time I went for $2.50, $2.50 and $7.50 each.
There aren't any jobs to be had for a primary one much less for a secondary. The HS is full of horses and trying to unload some, even bypassing some of their hard and fast rules. Even if someone could find a second job, the money prolly will go for other necessities and the horse has to go...except there is no place for the horse to go.
It's a round robin sort of deal.