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What You Need to Know Before Giving Your Horse Away
 By Winniefield Park   •   29th Oct 2016   •   1,442 views   •   2 comments
What You Need to Know Before Giving Your Horse Away

An Ontario woman learned the hard way that not everyone in the horse world is as good as their word. After giving her horse to another woman who promised to care for him, the horse disappeared. The owner kept the horseís papers in case the arrangement didnít work out and she needed to find him another home. She had planned to visit the horse, and when she inquired about him she found out that her horse had probably been sold for meat two weeks after she left him.

Itís a story that with two wrongs in its story line. The person who took the horse broke a trust. The horse was supposed to be cared for, not sold. The second wrong has to do with a law that exists to protect consumers of horse meat. Every horse that is sent to a Canadian slaughter plant must have an Equine Identification Document or EID. The EID should contain information about what drugs have been administered to the horse over its lifetime. In this case, the horse was an off-the-track Thoroughbred. Itís very likely that the horse had a variety of drugs during its lifetime, including Ďbuteí an anti-inflammatory and painkiller commonly administered to horses that is cancer-causing in humans. If the horse went for slaughter, it did so with a falsified EID.

Unfortunately, this isnít an isolated incident. Itís not the first time someone thought they were sending their horse to a safe retirement only to find it has been sold, and worse, sold for meat. Unscrupulous scammers can take advantage of someone giving away a horse. Even an unsound, unhealthy horse can bring a few hundred dollars when sold for meat. Trolling sales sites is easy for anyone wanting to make a bit of cash. Meat dealers rarely ask questions. While some dealers will call out horses that they feel they can make money on as a riding horse, an older, unsound horse will likely go directly to the plant.

So how do you prevent a horse from getting into the wrong hands? First of all, try to sell the horse. Putting a price slightly better than the per-pound price will make the horse less attractive to someone who plans to sell it to a meat dealer. If youíve decided that thereís no choice but to give the horse away be very careful. Get to know who you are giving a horse to. Ask for references - preferably from professionals like farriers and vets. Bad news travels fast and other stable owners, animal control and rescue stables may be able to verify whether or not a person is a good choice to give your horse to.

Make sure all parties have signed documents outlining the condition of the deal. Too many deals are done without the proper paperwork which can lead to a he-said/she-said mess. A contract may not absolutely ensure your horseís safety, but if the other party runs backward to avoid signing an agreement, your alarm bells should go off. Make sure that you visit where your horse will be kept and ask about how the horse will be cared for. And pay attention to the condition of the horses already living in your horseís prospective new home. They should appear well cared for. And, do a little research. Google is your friend, allowing you to check how many horses the person you plan to give your horse to sells. You donít want your horse to end up on their sales page.
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Thanks for sharing logging into brain for future!
  Oct 29, 2016  •  1,487 views
 
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Before Iv even read the second paragraph, why was the horse aloud through the meat chain without papers?
  Oct 30, 2016  •  1,464 views
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