Horses being given away could end up in slaughter houses

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Just as people are warned not to give away their dogs or cats for free, very much the same is true with horses. Kill buyers do not look like fiendish evil doers. They or the agents they hire can look like a nice middle aged couple. Your horse can simply, without a stringent process (as we do here with our adoption process at Habitat for Horses). wind up on the cutting room floor of a slaughter house. A fee will certainly help. References and pictures of the property your horse will be living on also help. The Humane Society has a fine article on this subject. ~ HfH

From: New York Daily News
By: Bill Hutchinson

horse for saleIf NYCLASS really wants to save horses, all it needs to do is look on the Internet — instead of Central Park.
Dozens of horses are being given away online. But equine advocates warn many of the animals being offered for free to a good home could end up in slaughterhouses instead.

Among the horses up for grabs is Max’s Summer Love, a 29-year-old American Saddlebred from Leesville, S.C.

“I am looking to rehome where she can live out the rest of her years in a nice quiet setting and receive the much love she deserves,” the retired show horse’s owner says on

“I am really looking for a special home for her,” the owner writes.

Then there’s Miss Lane, a “sound, solid” thoroughbred from Glenville, Pa. Her owner says “this is one amazing mare!”

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Dwayne

    This is so sad.

    May 17, 2014
  • Sue

    I found my now 28 year old QH on CL. I’m glad I got her because the kill buyer would have loved her! Fat, mellow, laid back, on the truck? No problem!

    May 18, 2014
  • Isnt there a binding contract that could be signed upon purchase ???? or a clause that could be added and signed by the person ??????

    May 18, 2014
    • Robynne Catheron

      “Binding” contracts aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. And, you can ask any price you want for your horse. There is never a guarantee that your beloved horse won’t go to the kill-buyer for slaughter. The person who bought your horse moves away, or sells your horse, or or or… It happens all the time. There is only one way to prevent that nightmare from happening: HONOR YOUR COMMITMENT to your horse and give it a safe home for life. If that’s absolutely impossible, with all the resources available, then there’s just no guarantee.

      May 29, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    It sounds like some commenters got the wrong impression – that this Daily News article was all about the carriage horses! A little far from the whole point. All John Holland was saying was be more vigilant in regard to advertising a horse for sale or for free. In these times it doesn’t take much for a caring owner who cant afford their horse anymore to be bamboozled by someone who just wants money.

    May 18, 2014
  • Robynne Catheron

    Here is a valuable list of resources for anyone who finds themselves in need of help. Thank you to Linda Horn 🙂

    May 29, 2014
    • Posted by Habitat for Horses

      Robynne, Great information. Habitat for Horses also offers feed and medical cost assistance to horse owners in SE Texas if they qualify. Anyone can call our offices for more information: 409-935-0277. Also, the link on that page for Habitat for Horses goes to a very old blog of ours. It is better for people to go to our main website: I will contact them and let them know.
      Denise aka HfH

      May 29, 2014