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Article published July 26, 2013
Nobody farms horses
Miriam McCaslin Eau Claire
Regarding the woman who wrote about the horses that were seized for alleged neglect (“Preying on farmers,” July 16): I find it amusing that she thinks these people are going to get rich by reselling these horses. Unless these horses are well trained for a specific discipline, such as gaming, team penning, dressage, etc., and as she says they are just supposed to run around in the pasture and look beautiful, they are a glut on the market. Has she been to a horse auction lately? They want to to open slaughterhouses in the United States again because of the amount of unwanted horses. Irresponsible breeding by backyard horse owners is my pet peeve. I am glad to know that because I own some acreage and a few horses, I can call myself a “farmer.” Most farmers I have known do not, nor have they ever, owned horses. As my one hay supplier said, if I can’t eat it, why would I feed it?