Unwanted horses. Slaughter. Management of wild and feral horses and burros. These are all among the hot discussion topics when it comes to equine welfare. But which welfare issue is most concerning to you?  

In last week’s poll, we asked our readers which equine welfare issue was most concerning to them. More than 1,230 people responded and we’ve tallied the results.  

Of the 1,238 respondents, 517 (42%) said they are most concerned about “unwanted” horses, while 293 (24%) indicated they’re most worried about slaughter. Another 198 respondents (16%) said they find the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses most concerning, and 123 people (10%) said they’re most concerned about feral horse and burro overpopulation and gathers. Only 16 individuals (1%) said the are most concerned about horse-drawn carriages, while the remaining 91 respondents (7%) said they find other equine welfare issues most concerning.

Additionally, more than 100 people commented about equine welfare issues that they were concerned about:  

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Several people voiced their concerns about slaughter:

  • “There is no excuse to send a horse to slaughter. There are so many other options available.”
  • “Though I don’t want to send my horse to slaughter, I believe it is an option we need in the United States.”
  • “All of these issues are important, but slaughter