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Letter: Clarifiying points in Parker’s column

Posted: May 14, 2018 3:04 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2018 1:00 a.m.

I would like to clear up a few items in Kathleen Parker’s piece in today’s (May 11, 2018) paper where I am mentioned by name.

I do not raise throroughbred horses to race (I have a small band of Connemara ponies). I know where every pony I’ve ever bred is currently located and have agreements with their current owners to contact me if they ever have to sell them, as I would take them back if they weren’t going to an approved home.

Horse slaughter, whether in the U.S., Canada or Mexico, is never humane and I would never support it. A horse can be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian when it no longer enjoys a quality life. But the best solutions to the unwanted horse problem are to one, stop over-breeding -- especially thoroughbreds and quarter horses and two, to require the breeders and the breed associations (the Jockey Club, the American Quarter Horse Association, etc.) to establish funds to retire these horses to horse rescue facilities. There are several reputable rescue facilities, but they rely on private donations and are generally close to capacity.


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