Horses, mules, donkeys, other equines and large quadrupeds . . . not suitable for the dog, or the cat, threads.

 
… when in Cairo … whilst pre-deploy preparing Egyptian De-Mining Engrs and Inf Coy for roadmove to seamove from Port Adabaya to Port Sudan and then further roadmove to Khartoum for UNMIS during Jan ‘06. Mil ‘minder’ insisted they show me the architectural wonders and offered transport for sight-seeing; fortunately, having ‘previous’ from working with Army’s 26 Transport Sqn and in the Top End, I wasn’t embarassed. … ‘twas, however, a close-run thing after the Arak races!
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My Polly 14.2 Welsh C. Pull a back step Bennington. She has an odd gait, not unlike Icelandic Tolt.
 

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Longlenny

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If this really does work it will be great for breeders, no more searching for foster mares or skinning dead foals.
As regards cattle, I can only comment in terms of our own herd. Two years ago I lost a cow with a three month old calf at foot, which was then fed by any and all of the other cows. Whether this happens with horses in a herd situation I have no idea.
Interesting that you said that, a good few years ago I was involved with breeding pedigree Herefords, we had both horned and polled herds. It was common practice to foster Hereford calves onto either Friesian, Ayrshire or Devon Red cows whose calves had gone into the food chain, I can't recall having a failure in this scheme. In this case, whether it was ethical is another discussion.
 
Interesting that you said that, a good few years ago I was involved with breeding pedigree Herefords, we had both horned and polled herds. It was common practice to foster Hereford calves onto either Friesian, Ayrshire or Devon Red cows whose calves had gone into the food chain, I can't recall having a failure in this scheme. In this case, whether it was ethical is another discussion.
It is interesting to watch them. Now that they are over the initial obsession with the calves, it seems someone is 'duty Mum' and has half a dozen calves with her whilst the rest of the herd are away over the other side of the field.
 
Whilst zapping between stations this evening, stumbled upon this . . .

Shania Twain - You're Still the One. [ Live in Las Vegas 2014 ]

Dated 17 January 2016.

Asbsolutely amazing . . . and, Shania is always "good value" also ;) !!

 
Hopefully, others will also wish to "Sign & Share" . . . .

Urgent: Demand a future free from factory farming

Join the call for a future without factory farming.​

It is cruel, unnecessary and has no place in our country.
Review the petition text , and then complete the form below to add your voice.

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Published by: Wild is Life Trust and ZEN, on 12 JULY 2021.

With the Olympics coming up, we thought this month we would celebrate the amazing athleticism of some of the precious animals in our care here at #WildisLife_ZEN.
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The Wild Olympics Synchronised Swimming Gold goes to the Bumi and Kadiki. Take a look why… ifaw #cultureofcare

 

PFGEN

GCM
The lads enjoying the evening in one of the fields. Summer is good here at the moment. Regular rain, not too hot, bit of wind to quell the flies and everything is green.

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Published by: Edmyr Piereck, Sir David Attenborough Fan Club, on 14 July 2021.

"That's my friend . . . "

 
Published by: Joe Duggan, The SUN, on 19 Jul 2021.

THOUSANDS of racehorses are killed in slaughterhouses in the UK and Ireland each year, it's reported.

A BBC Panorama report claims more than 4,000 horses - some previously owned and trained by the sport's biggest names - were slaughtered since 2019.

Undercover recordings allegedly show how rules to protect horses from a cruel death appeared to be regularly ignored at one of Britain's largest abattoirs, tonight's investigation The Dark Side of Horse Racing claims.

The abattoir, Drury and Sons in Swindon - which has a licence to kill horses - told the BBC it didn't accept any form of animal abuse.

Three of the horses allegedly shot in the abattoir were reportedly trained by three-time Grand National-winning coach Gordon Elliot .

HORSE SLAUGHTER . . . .

In March, Elliott was axed by Betfair and suspended from racing after he sparked fury when he was photographed sitting on a dead horse.

. . . .Covert cameras were installed by campaign group Animal Aid at the abattoir with footage from four days at the end of 2019 and the start of 2020.

Animal Aid spokesman Dene Stansall said: "When we looked at the footage we were absolutely astounded at the sheer volume of young thoroughbreds."

Footage showed dozens of former racehorses being slaughtered, with most of them majority of young horses from Ireland, the BBC reports.

Some of the horses shot in the abattoir had previous illustrious racing careers, winning thousands of pounds.

Mr Elliott told Panorama none of the three animals allegedly trained by him in Ireland in the past were sent to the abattoir by him.

They were retired from racing after being injured and weren't under his care when they were killed, he told the BBC.

Two were sent to a horse dealer "to be rehomed if possible, and if not, to be humanely euthanised" in accordance with regulations, the told the broadcaster.

He said he gave a third horse to another rider as requested by its owner and was unaware what happened to them until Panorama contacted him.

'STARTLING' . . . .

Regulations say horses shouldn't be slaughtered within sight of each other, with every effort made to ensure a quick death.

The footage taken by Animal Aid's cameras showed horses being shot 26 times.

. . . Prof Daniel Mills, a veterinary behavioural specialist from the University of Lincoln, who saw the footage, said: "A gunshot going off is going to be startling.

"Seeing another horse suddenly drop, these are all going to be very distressing for a horse in this situation."

In 91 incidents, horses were shot from a distance instead of close up, the BBC reports.

Commenting on one killing, Prof Mills added: "It doesn't look like the horse is even stunned.

"You can see it's turning its head. It seems to have got some control actually over its head and neck.
"If that's representative of how they're being killed, then we've got a really serious problem."

A spokesman for the abattoir said it takes "great care to maintain high welfare conditions and do not accept any form of animal abuse".

All horses are "humanely destroyed'' and the abattoir takes ''swift action to review and rectify" any issues, the spokesman said.

Mr Elliott told the BBC: "None of those animals were sent by me to the abattoir."

Sun Online has contacted Drury and Sons and Gordon Elliott for comment.

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[photo: Undercover footage an an abattoir allegedly shows rules on killing horses are regularly ignored. Credit: Animal Aid].


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Published by: John Simpson, The TIMES, on Monday 19 July 2021.

‘Cruel’ deaths of racehorses shown in BBC Panorama film from abattoir.

Thousands of racehorses — often young thoroughbreds — are killed in slaughterhouses in the UK and Ireland every year, an investigation has found.

More than 4,000 racehorses have been slaughtered in abattoirs since 2019, an investigation by the BBC’s Panorama has found. Evidence has emerged of failures to prevent the animals dying unnecessarily cruel deaths.

The programme, The Dark Side of Horse Racing, to be broadcast tonight, shows covert video from one of the UK’s biggest abattoirs exposing apparently inhumane practices. Some of the horses shot dead in the abattoir had enjoyed illustrious careers, winning thousands of pounds. They were associated with some of the biggest names in Irish racing . . .

[DAMN PAYWALL]

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[photo: Animal Aid used secret cameras to record the horses’ final moments at the abbatoir in Swindon. BBC ].

 
Published by: Tom Rostance, EVENING STANDARD, on 19 July 2021.

Racing braces itself as Panorama claims ‘thousands’ of horses are being sent to slaughter in Britain.

Thousands of racehorses are being killed in abattoirs in Britain and Ireland, according to a BBC documentary to be broadcast tonight.


‘Panorama: The dark side of horse racing’ (BBC1, 8.30pm), contains covert footage of horses being killed, including some trained and owned by some of the sport’s biggest trainers.

The cameras were set up by a campaign group which has called for an end to racing and filmed at the end of 2019 and the start of 2020.

Veterinary experts have offered their views, outlining concerns about the manner of slaughter, as well as the transport of horses, especially those with potential injuries.

Animal Aid spokesman Dene Stansall said: “When we looked at the footage, we were astounded at the sheer volume of young thoroughbreds.

Freedom of information requests revealed that 4,000 former racehorses were slaughtered since the beginning of 2019.

Most, but not all, were trained in Ireland. The abattoir, Drury and Sons, told Panorama that they “take great care to maintain high welfare conditions”.

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https://www.standard.co.uk/.../horse-racing-panorama...
 
Published by: Joe Duggan, The SUN, on 19 Jul 2021.

THOUSANDS of racehorses are killed in slaughterhouses in the UK and Ireland each year, it's reported.

A BBC Panorama report claims more than 4,000 horses - some previously owned and trained by the sport's biggest names - were slaughtered since 2019.

Undercover recordings allegedly show how rules to protect horses from a cruel death appeared to be regularly ignored at one of Britain's largest abattoirs, tonight's investigation The Dark Side of Horse Racing claims.

The abattoir, Drury and Sons in Swindon - which has a licence to kill horses - told the BBC it didn't accept any form of animal abuse.

Three of the horses allegedly shot in the abattoir were reportedly trained by three-time Grand National-winning coach Gordon Elliot .

HORSE SLAUGHTER . . . .

In March, Elliott was axed by Betfair and suspended from racing after he sparked fury when he was photographed sitting on a dead horse.



'STARTLING' . . . .

Regulations say horses shouldn't be slaughtered within sight of each other, with every effort made to ensure a quick death.

The footage taken by Animal Aid's cameras showed horses being shot 26 times.



Sun Online has contacted Drury and Sons and Gordon Elliott for comment.

View attachment 590254[photo: Undercover footage an an abattoir allegedly shows rules on killing horses are regularly ignored. Credit: Animal Aid].


Follow link for PANORAMA video.
I watched that programme last night. Truly shocking and I have absolutely no connection to Horses or the Equine Industry.
I truly hope that abattoir in Swindon is shut down and the cowboy ‘executioner’ with the rifle never finds employment again.
I totally understand the need for Euthanising an animal, but it has to be done with compassion and dignity. None of that was on display last night.
 

mercurydancer

LE
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I used to ride and thoroughly enjoyed it despite the horse (I became very fond of him) doing whatever he liked. HE would walk, trot and canter whenever he felt like it, no matter what instructions I gave him. If he got pissed off with me he would run me into a low branch.
Until I ran out of money, I got well into coach driving, not Phil the Greek standard, but not pikey either. Until she died, I would take lessons at a carriage driving school not far from York. She was a purist, insisting that I controlled all four reins in one hand. Its far easier with two in each hand, but it was good learning. She did weddings with the cinderella carriage, and I did really enjoy riding on the rear step of a carriage pulled by a wonderful pair of grey horses into York.
 

Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
I put this in the farming thread but it belongs here too.

We’ve just got a pair of rescue Alpacas.

They’re actually pretty cool and I’m really warming to them. Looking forward to taking them for a stroll down the village just to piss off the locals.
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