Saturday, August 29, 2009


I have been stewing on this for several days now. Time to get it off my chest.

The other day I was in our local feed store and overheard a conversation between a customer and the retail clerk. The customer was saying that she just got a free stallion and since she has a mare that she turned the stallion loose in the pasture to breed her mare. The clerk asked if either horse was registered. Nope. The customer just wants a baby. Since the mare has never been bred before she thought it a good idea to have at least one foal from her. Then the customer left feeling all proud of herself. Hmmm, what are the chances that woman is going to keep the foal throughout his/hers entire life? Slim is what I think.

After a few minutes my blood began to boil. How ludicrous, stupid, irresponsible and thoughtless were my first thoughts. Which sent my mind racing. There are so many unwanted horses, dogs, cats, goats, donkeys, etc... in this world. A lot are due to irresponsible breeding. Quite a few horses and donkeys will be sent to auctions or listed for free which most of the time seals their fate. Kill buyers lurk at auctions. They look for free horses that are advertised. When they get enough horses, the horses are sent to Mexico or Canada for slaughter. Transportation is in itself cruel and disgusting what these horses have to endure. Some die during the trip. Some come off the trailer with broken bones and cuts. Their end is the cruelest of all. They smell death in the air with no escape from it. They are shoved into narrow chutes where they are whipped, prodded, etc... to where the killers are. In Mexico horses are stabbed in the neck and back until they fall, then they are dragged still alive and hung up having their throats slit. Not a nice end to a horse or donkey that has unconditionally loved their owner. And the owner has a clean conscience because they tell themselves that the nice guy who either bought their horse at the auction or came over and gave some bull story to get the free horse is going to give their horse a wonderful home.

Which brings me to another point. Free kittens everywhere. Personally I am sick of the lame excuses of, it's good to have a female have at least one litter or it's good for the children to witness life being given or it's," to get them spayed or neutered is too expensive. " There are programs available that help in the cost of spaying and neutering. A female does not have to have a litter of kittens. And please, little Tommy or Suzie could care less about the miracle of birth. They are too young to understand it.

One last thing I need to get off my chest. Free dog ads. There are gutterballs who search the free dog ads. They go to the house and lie through their teeth to the owners that they will give Fido a good loving home. Then Fido is taken away from his family forever. Possible to be used as bait for dog fighting. Or sold for medical experiments. All the while, the owner has a clean conscience. After all, the person or persons who answered the ad said all the right things.

What I am trying to say is, I'm not against breeding for the right purposes. For example, to keep certain bloodlines going that are exceptional. To try to keep a breed as pure as possible. When you choose to bring an animal into your life, it is just that, for life!

Sad we are such a throwaway society. We throw away our animals, children and elderly.

Okay, I am off my soapbox. The next blog will be a lot more lighthearted.

Until next time..................................


  1. Sorry I missed this post Cindy. I have to say: AMEN SISTER!! And I am a breeder of horses! I am right there with you! There has to be a purpose in the breeding, not just for the experience for the children or for self. There has to be a life long commitment to the animal - EVEN AFTER IT IS SOLD!! Without these things the animals, dogs, horses, cats, donkies, etc... are more at risk.

    How many people who breed really sit down to write up a business plan, to look at all cost involved for the next 20-30 years of the horse? How many have a sound purpose that is NOT self centered? My guess is one out of a thousand maybe...

    It is a tremendous amount of work and money involved to raise horses as well as dogs, I've done both. In each case we have "placed" our animals with people who are willing to build a relationship with us, people we feel we can trust because they have the same insights as we do on these issues.

    Our one filly went last year to a lady who is doing rehab because of a car accident. They are now dear sweet friends of ours that we talk with every month, we lift each other in prayer continually. I could go on and on about these types of stories...

    Does this woman who was so very proud of herself even know what to look for when the mare is due to foal? Is the mare and the stallion confirmation sound to produce a foal that is better quality than either of them? Why was the stallion "given" to them? What is the temperament of the mare and stallion? RRRRRR. Does she know that if the after birth is not discharged within two to three hours she better call the vet? Does she know that if she doesn't the mare could develop an infection and die? Does she know HOW to raise an orphan foal?

    Like I said; I'm right there with you! It is these kind of people that make it difficult for sound Breeders such as my husband and myself.

    Question is: what can we do about it?? The only thing WE (me and my husband) can do is to be the change we want to see. I encourage everyone else to do the same.

    Okay. Done with my soap box for today as well. Thank you for the chance to vent. And God bless you in all you do Cindy!

    Stasser Equine, LLC

  2. Agree completley with this.. Everytime I turn around I see kittens and puppies everywhere. Since I don't have a horse anymore (I had her for 23 of her 27 years, and finally had to have her put to sleep),I don't see the overflow of horses as much as I once did. But the cats and dogs..oh my. I just can't get over it. I've just discovered your blog and it makes me smile. And not feel so overwhelmed. I have six little kittens from a dumped female that are now about 11 weeks old. It's been a journey, but it's also been priceless. Thanks for caring for all the critters.

  3. Does this lady also know that if she doesn't separate the stallion and mare after she did give birth to the foal that the stallion could kill it? Stallions have been known to kill a foal like that.


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