Letter to the Editor

Need horse sense

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Dear Editor,

I have just read that the US Government, friend to us all, is considering killing off a bunch of mustangs to help deal with budget restraints. Seems not to long ago, about a year, the government did away with the killers who bought horses for meat value.

I guess that I don't understand the difference in killing government horses but not those privately owned. The commercial slaughter of horses is as necessary to the health and well being of the overall horse population as sensible control of the wild horse herds.

Penning either up and waiting for them to die stinks. The commercial use of government lands is logical, but only to the point that the original use is not compromised.

What is needed is some, not politically correct, common sense, maybe some horse sense.

Bill Coe,

JC's Rainbow Arabians and Pintos,


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  • So Mr. Coe thinks the commercial slaughter of horses is is "as necessary to the health and well being of the overall horse population as sensible control of the wild horse herds." Wouldn't reining in overbreeding and taking lifetime responsibility for the horses you own also help control the population? Treating horses as commodities is at the root of the problem, and it's a sad day when we do that to one of the last of America's icons of the Old West.

    -- Posted by 4thehorses on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 3:01 PM
  • I hope the Government does not act too quickly. I feal we will be needing to commodify every horse we can find, as an alternative to oil propelled 'horse power.' One nice thing: When we all ride horses, again, we all will be riding a convertable/rag top (depending on how well we dress).

    Great and Safe Independence Day to all. Arley Steinhour

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 4:23 PM
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