We all love our pets. Some of us love them like our own children or members of the family. Often when we see someone being cruel to their pet we start raising our voice. We may air our frustrations about it on social media, too. Caring for dogs and cats and other pets is good enough, but have you ever thought what happens to discarded horses?
The Fate of Discarded Horses
Unwanted horses could face any of the following situations:
1. They may find new homes with owners willing to provide them the love and care which they require.
2. They could be redirected to second equine careers.
3. Retirement facilities and rehabilitation centers.
4. Euthanized on the owner’s request.
5. Human slaughter
6. And perhaps worse of all abandonment and neglect.
Sharon Kress, Founder of Our Farm Equine Rescue is quick to point that’s around 80% of these discarded horses are healthy and sound. They do not need to bear the indignities heaped upon them by their crass owners.
What’s so terrible is that these owners are often ignorant about the fate of their own horses. They may feel that their horses are auctioned off but if an auction fails and the horses are unable to secure owners, the next stop for them is a slaughter house. Since slaughter houses are illegal in the US, they are shipped off to Mexico.
The final insult comes from the fact that the meat is sold off to Russia and Japan as it's not considered fit for consumption by the USDA. However, there are few good Samaritans out there who definitely care about the fate of these beautiful creatures. One of those is Sharon Kress.
Respite for the Unwanted
It all started when Sharon herself saw the horror at an auction she once attended. Not able to bear the fate of these gentle equine she took it upon herself to open a facility which would provide a sort of rehabilitation for those horses who could be put to further use.
What’s so heartbreaking about all this is that Sharon’s facility can only house ten horses while the numbers which need to be rescued exceeds far more.
According to Sharon she has to face the following difficulties
1. She needs to find the kind of horses which are marketable, particularly to the area where she lives. These only include runners or race horses which are popular with people going for excursions in the woods and looking for a gentle trot.
2. She hasn’t the team or the resources to look after farm horses. This she attributes to a lack of funds and trained personnel.
3. If the auctioneer comes to know that people like Sharon are looking to rescue the horses, they can make the prices go sky high.
Kress is backed by the Callari Auto Group and receives contributions from horse support groups like the Horse Connection. Also, she is trying to spread awareness by running campaigns which would help people become aware of the very problem which’s starting point is their very own backyard.
Her farm is known as “Our farm” and caters to any individual who is interested in learning about horses and would like to provide basic help like mucking and grooming. Plus, the added benefit of developing a connection with these graceful animals is what lures horse lovers to come and spend time at the farm.
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