Is local slaughter a more human alternative, or does it just give a societal “thumbs up” to slaughtering horses for consumption?

Horse slaughterhouses: Could horse slaughterhouses return to Illinois? – chicagotribune.com.

Note that all the horses studied “…worked one hour per day and spent the other 23 stalled.”  Um, and you wonder why they might have bad habits?  Also note that the worst vices were in dressage mounts.  Hmm.
The Horse | Horse Stereotypies Vary by Discipline, Researchers Say

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Colored Trakehners?? Really?

Interesting and surprising look at the history of spotted, pinto, and colored Trakehners in Europe: link

Nice little video about the usefulness of mounted police units.

Racehorse Research Identifies Speed Gene : Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted).