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Homeless Horses



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More than 100,000 US horses end up in slaughter plants in either Mexico or Canada annually.  The majority of these horses are well-trained eventers, race horses, cart horses, rodeo horses, and many are dumped by dude ranches at the end of their season or when they decide to cull their herds.  An even larger number of these horses are a result of breeding farms, pregnant mares and mares and foals contribute to a large number of horses slaughtered every year for human consumption.

One famous racehorse that Came to Denkai after making several trips at the age of 36 to and from the Dekalb, IL slaughter plant has gone down in history as snowballing better standards for racetracks: A Horse Named Gus 

We see so many horses owned by local individuals brought to the local sale barn, not knowing that their precious horse, of whom they have trained to trust people, is going to end up on a plate overseas.  

Denkai does not believe that slaughter is the answer to America's unwanted horses.  Practices in the pet animal industry involve spay and neuter along with regulation of breeding operations by our State Veterinarian's Office.  It is time that these policies carry over to Equine.  We need regulations and oversight for large-scale horse breeding operations and education for backyard horse owners/breeders. We need more resources for sterilization of horses currently owned, for sterilization of the horses that enter our rescue and sanctuary organizations, especially the mares.  Currently spaying a horse is a difficult option and very costly, there are contraceptives being developed, but not necessarily available to the public or rescue organizations and has been very controversial.  Wild Horse Population/Contraception

There are so many resources that horse owners can use when trying to re-home their horse rather than sending them to a fate worse than death:
1. Posting on a local Craig's List
2. Lowering your asking price
3. Networking to large animal Veterinary Clinics
4. Posting Flyers at local feed stores, vet clinics and shelters
5. Posting on Social Networking Sites such as Facebook
6. Contact a local Rescue or Sanctuary, keep in mind that these organizations may require a fee to intake your horse.
7. Humane Euthanasia if all else fails, there are organizations set up to help fund this if you can't afford it.
Remember.. is always important to SCREEN the home that would like to purchase your horse, charge a fee, even if it is a small one, and have a contract as well as the brand inspection with the people that you sell to.

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