Does anybody remember that post I made back in November where we reviewed 24 `good’ reasons to slaughter your horse besides the good old standards of crippled, defective, and unruly? Those reasons were helpfully provided by our buddy Naughty Tobiano and the covered everything from mane rubbing to that unspeakable crime of being a mare. (https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/24-reasons-to-slaughter-a-horse/) Of course, most of us that actually like horses didn’t agree with NT’s reasons, but they probably are reasons any good slaughterphile is on board with. If you’re a good anti, you know these reasons were bigger load of crap than what you find piled up in the Petulant Pony’s dry lot that contains her hoard.
Given the perfection that the PSAs demand of their horses I’m going to surmise that any perceived flaw that a horse possesses is a valid reason to put it in the slaughter pipeline. Certainly a youngish horse that has become completely blind due to Moon Blindness should be disposed of immediately. Better to cash in on him while he’s in good flesh and you can feel good about yourself that you gave him back his dignity by squeezing the last few dollars out of him. Horses always feel much better about themselves as they are being hogpiled into kill pens and tortured to death when they know that at least you have your beer money. I am going to go out on a limb and estimate that 99.99999% of slaughter supporters would agree that if your 9 year old horse goes blind, you are completely justified in slaughtering him because anything else would be wasteful. It’s all about value, right? There is no way you should be obligated to keep this otherwise healthy animal for 15 or more years. Horses are not pets! Well, I’d like y’all to watch this video. It is an application video for the 2011 Versatile Horse and Rider competition that was held at the Ohio Equine Affaire. This is Becca and Stormy and all the footage on this video was taken AFTER Stormy became completely blind in 2005.
I’ve been accused of being an elitist snob more than once by our PSA pals. Stormy obviously isn’t a rail horse nor would he likely have been a world beater even before he lost his sight. Who cares? What you can clearly see in that video is a young girl that loves her horse and refused to toss him aside like a broken toy. What you also see is that every horse has a `value’ beyond the almighty dollar no matter what hand fate deals them along the way. I don’t know about you, but I think Stormy looks like a pretty happy guy and is doing something far more dignified than being tortured and ending up on Slaughterhouse Sue’s dinner plate. Thank you Becca for being so awesome and showing everybody what value and dignity really is all about.