Originally Posted by nitestalker
Astroman, The bad economy is causing many to get rid of their horses. Here in the west there are so many you can not sell or give them away. Owners are turning them out on open range where the Wild horses reside. The poor domestic horses can not survive without mans help. They are going to ranches and even towns looking for mans help. They are starving and freezing and dieing of thrist. The owners of these animals can be arrested but they are seldom caught.
We are having similar problems here. You have to lock your gates at night or you will wake up with a half starved horse in your pasture. Don't leave an empty trailer unlocked at a sale. You might not have room to haul your purchases home. Someone will leave a bag of bones in your trailer.
Hay has gone up here but it's not outrageous. You can get a roll of low grade timothy for $35/$40. Bales of high quality, clean, coastal bermuda are under $5. Fertilizer is ridiculous here. I used to be able to get a ton of 30/27/30 with herbicide for $180 spread by the supplier. The same ton of fertilizer is over $1500 now.
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I do not shoot with my hand; I shoot with my mind. He who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I do not kill with my gun; I kill with my heart. He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father."
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