The horse industry is comprised mostly of race horses. It is big money.
I’m not into that, but I am a horse owner. When a race horse shows its owner that speed is not its thing – what happens to the horse? The reality is that horses are not generally easy keepers. They require land and water and food and shelter in winter. Horses that are on smaller lots require feeding three times a day year round.
When the USA outlawed horse slaughter do you think that made the lives of horses better? That started the practice of trucking horses thousands of miles to slaughter in Mexico and Canada. After long hard trips, often with no water, the horses met largely the same end only often the horses are put down less humanely. This is because of laxer regulations, especially in Mexico.
Frankly, if you want to better the lives of horses, shutdown horse racing and betting. I suspect there is not a chance in hell of that. Ok, but figure then that something needs to give. There are just not that many homes with open barn doors and caring people with deep pockets. These horses must go somewhere. It is simple economics. Cold as it is.
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