Nothing moves faster than an unwanted horse.
Now, I’m not saying all kill buyers use these types of tactics. In fact, the vast majority probably don’t and wouldn’t. It would be easy to paint the kill buyer as an old-fashioned villain with twirly mustache and stove-pipe hat, but he’s really just a businessman making a legitimate living under current laws, primarily at livestock auctions. Kill buyers are known to bid aggressively on any horse they can get for below meat price. Their biggest competition is often the cash-strapped rescue hoping to save unwanted horses from…well, from them.
Here’s the thing, unless you know the person who’s taking your horse, imagine the worst-case scenario. Picture the horse you used to pamper, feed, groom and stall every night, now starved and fighting diseased, aggressive horses for food and survival. Imagine the companion that faithfully served you with broken bones, infected bite marks, gaping wounds, impaled eyeballs and every other gory injury – and that’s before it ever even loads the death trailer. And before your horse ever meets its final fate of a bolt to the head (if it’s lucky, within the first few shots), imagine its cramped, days-long ride to hell – never again to enjoy food, water, fresh air or room to stretch.
We don’t aim to frighten, but illuminate. It’s a responsible owner’s duty to ensure your horse does not meet the terrifying fate of tens of thousands of horses that once had loving owners just like you.