Those of you in the Southern Ontario area may well be familiar with NYNE-Need You Now Equine.
They have a Facebook page, and I am sure they were elated with the advent of social media, as it gets their message out far and wide. Complete with pictures of the sad creatures on death row.
In a nutshell they allegedly work with a kill buyer who gives them time to find homes for horses rather than being shipped. Then post the ones they pick to be “saved” if well-meaning people pay their “bail”. Of course the bail is substantially more than what was paid for the critter, but it is all under the guise of saving horses!
THE TRUCK IS COMING!!!!!
I do not like the idea of any horse being slaughtered, most of us don’t. What bothers me about this whole deal is when horse loving people pay inflated “bail” on a horse in the KB’s possession it allows him to buy three more. Horses are being shipped regardless. it is just a matter of which ones at that point.
*Cue the broken record*
If you’d like to truly save a horse and bypass helping the KB make a profit you can go to auction and outbid him, get the horse before he does.
You can join a FB group like Free or At Risk Equines…horses priced low often (not always)in shaky circumstances like “Need gone by weekend” or “Farm sold”.
You can scour Kijiji, Craigslist etc and find these horses before they get run through auction.
There are quite a few advantages to this, besides giving the meatman a pass! The horse is not shipped to auction or held in any pens with many others, so exposure to strangles etc is avoided. As is the stress of changing homes a few times.
You get to meet the current owners, who likely have a clue about the horse, his training and his past. They can tell you if he doesn’t crosstie or is nervous with the farrier or hates to take his right lead. They will know what vet work he has had (if any) and when his feet were last done and if he needs front shoes on hard ground.
More often than not you will be able to try the horse out, which beats someone “assessing” it in a sale barn aisle at a walk then telling you what they have guessed to be his abilities. I have owned a few nutcases that would be fine to hop on in a barn aisle, but I’d never call them kid broke based on that.
Alternatively you can adopt from a proper rescue, one that does the vet and farrier work, gives the horse some training, and will take him back if he does not work out for you. This frees them up to take another in need.
So many of us want to save horses. You can!
Without contributing to the problem.