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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.

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

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So sad… such incredible talent, gone.

Blue Hors Matine Euthanized.

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Surgery, finally, for my left knee, the one that I originally injured with a spectacular ‘involuntary dismount’ on Mojo 18 months ago.  Since then my knee has gone out three times, each time leaving me on crutches.  So, it’s with utter relief that I am icing the swelling from the surgery on Tuesday, watching endless episodes of Inside Eventing on RFD-TV and finishing up the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Other news:  The 8-hours-in-front-of-a-computer job is over, which means a return to blogging.  And, more importantly, my beloved Tico (Simpatico), the Appaloosa stud that desperately needed an upgrade from his life as a pony horse at the track, is now totally mine and came home last month to my friend’s ranch in the foothills, where he’s living a life of leisure with Mojo in a four-acre pasture.  I haven’t seen Mojo in six weeks and Tico in four, but at least I know they are happy and healthy and in good hands while I recover and move forward.

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