Tuesday, March 8, 2011

People Suck (rant)

People suck. Who does this? This sweet face is sitting in the kill pen at the auction that I bought Denali at, she wasn't as lucky and moves onto the next phase (meaning she has to the 14th before she ships.) Horse ownership is a commitment. It's not something that you pick up and put down like a book. You are responsible for that animal's life from the moment it is born or you sign the papers. If you're going to sell your horse, you need to be responsible. Taking it to the kill pen is NOT a fucking responsible thing to do. This poor mare is at least 25, and who knows what she's done in her life. Her owner decided that she can't do anything for them anymore and decided to throw her away. They couldn't even do the kind thing and put her down they threw her away like garbage. This is why I don't think I could ever sell Denali. She could break and become "useless" to her new owners and end up like this. I hate the person who did this. I hope that when they become old and "useless" they get left on the street in a town they've never been in to fend for themselves. There is no such thing as a useless horse. Hell, Denali has done more for me in the past 3 months than she ever did, and I've only spent time with her.

This mare's price is $350.00 if anyone is close enough and has a pasture. You can see the threads on the website that is listed on the picture. I totally stole it from their facebook page, but I figured that if I'm trying to find her a home it's okay. I would take her in a heartbeat if Ms. Slew didn't continually decide that she needs to be an only child. Not sure we'll ever catch back up to where our savings account once was, but you know what, that's okay. I have my mare and that keeps me on cloud 9.

Sorry. I've decided to become an emotional wreck tonight. An old horse at the center was put down last week and I saw photos tonight of one of the caretakers daughters and Tia. They are beautiful, and that little girl loved that horse so much. Every horse deserves to be loved by a little girl, at least once in their life. Tia was well into her late 30's when she had that chance, and I hope that this mare gets the chance too.

10 comments:

Leah Fry said...

Yeah, I have a hard time with that as well. There have been a rash of Facebook posts of people who have turned over old dogs to the shelter. I mean, who DOES that??

Kate said...

Aww, that's very sad. I had a horse that I'd known (a 4 y/o OTTB) be sold for meat for $300 at a slaughter auction up here in Canada. After only four months off the track, she could w/t/c calmly under saddle. It broke my heart to see her be sold, and to not be able to save her. Her story ended well; she was rescued and is now in training to become an equitation horse. However, there are hundreds of horses, not just the old, sick, and dying, that get slaughtered every day.

Dom said...

Makes me sick. If you're not going to keep an old horse, do it a favor and have it PTS. :(

Amy said...

You are right, it is unacceptable to just discard a horse like it is garbage because it just doesn't benefit you anymore. So sad :( I just kinda posted about that and my OTTB and where his career would have ended had someone not seen fit to give him another chance for a new life. Even after $335,000 in winnings someone still doesn't think he deserves a good life? I could strangle some people!

Heidi said...

It breaks my heart. We had a horse named China that we loved and cared for the nine months we owned her. We were new horse owners and didn't realize that she was much older than we thought. When she coliced, we had her put down when the vet told us that she suspected China was at least 30 and the surgery had little chance of success. She was the best horse ever and taught us so much. I can't believe people would just throw away their horse because it's old. That's criminal. Karma's a bitch, folks.

in2paints said...

Disgusting... and it breaks my heart. Euthanize the poor mare for crying out loud, but don't dump her and give her a one way ticket to hell.

That's why my family and I kept AJ. He was retired at 6 and couldn't be ridden at all for about 7 more years. Finally his hocks fused and he was ok for light riding, but we couldn't get rid of him. Who would want him? The kill buyer, that's who.

The only way to keep your horse safe is to do the responsible thing. Poor, sweet mare. I hope she gets a home.

Andrea said...

OMG I wish I was closer... I've been thinking about going to a kill pen and pulling out some poor old throwaway to be Gogo's companion.

Denali's Mom said...

I think that not being responsible for your pet (or child for that matter) is a huge shame on you. You bought it or bred it. You are responsible. The horse didn't ask for you to take it. I think anytime an animal is murdered (because that is what slaughter is) it's a huge shame on the human race.

Rebecca said...

Ugh! It's like those people who raise an animal and just drop it off somewhere (I'm looking at you, people who buy ducklings for Easter then drop them off at the city pond/random country road). None of them seem to understand that an animal is a responsibility!

Heck, my grandmother just recently adopted a dog from one of my mom's patients. This patient also had a pit bull (the dog in question is a 6 year old spaniel), and ever since her (the patient's!) pregnancy began to show, the dogs started fighting. Okay, dogs fighting is one of the reasons I actually agree with rehoming. Personally, one of my dogs picks fights, it is something we work on, but I do understand that not everyone has the time/knowledge to safely deal with dogs that hate each other. I'm actually with the family so far... until I found out that the spaniel has never been neutered. SERIOUSLY? The pit bull was probably not neutered either. So instead of doing the smart/obvious thing and chopping their balls off, they get rid of one? O_O

achieve1dream said...

So sad. :( I hope someone takes her.