When horses can’t pull their weight, they often end up getting slaughtered. Horse slaughter is supposedly a highly profitable business. Buyers for the slaughterhouses usually attend public auctions to purchase “unusable” horses and kill them. But thankfully some establishments are working towards breaking that trend and rescuing horses.
People from Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue in Mount Airy, Maryland attend these public auctions and choose the Draft horses they feel are the most viable candidates for rescue. They then outbid the killer-buyers by raising the bid just above the meat price. These horses then arrive at a farm in Mount Airy, MD where they can be safe and be themselves. They also get a chance to be placed in a forever home.
You can see in this clip that these rescued horses live a wonderful life with plenty of space to run and be free. They have many caretakers and people who love them, and their medical and physical needs are met. But most importantly, their mental health is taken care of with love and attention and companionship, both in the form of humans and other horses.
You can hear what the people at Gentle Giants have to say about the horses they rescue and the facilities available to them. The auction process must be traumatic for some of them, but when they come here, they can recover and feel safe and secure.
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