This beautiful Percheron mare just arrived at Happy Trails
on Thursday evening, December 29, 2011.
An email came across my desk earlier that day listing three Amish-owned horses
that were already at a broker in Pennsylvania. They would be on their way to the
Sugarcreek auction the next day on Friday where the meat-buyers would pick them up and
ship them to a slaughter house in either Mexico or Canada. Could we accept these three
mares into our Amish Horse Retirement Program?
It just so happened that we had one stall that had just become available by another
horse getting adopted last week, but what could we do with the other two Amish mares on
their way to slaughter? From the photos that were sent to us, all three horses appeared to
be underweight. Normally horses who are weak from malnutrition would not do well riding
in an over-crowded trailer for several days to a slaughterhouse in another country.