Sometimes people have no other choice because of financial or physical limitations. I stay away from auctions because I do realize that I cannot save all of them. I have 7 crippled horses here, one is a gelding that was crippled at birth. He is 4 years old now he can be ridden, but limps because of a leg that didn't grow straight. He is really fast when he runs across the pasture, some days are better then others. I have 2 foundered mares, one is 24, they eat feed that is twice the cost of my other horses. I am close to broke taking care of these horses and I am looking for a grant that my help me care for them. The vet bills come more frequent and they have to get special care for their feet so that they are comfortable. When I can see that they are not able to handle the pain anymore I will have them put down by my Vet. The question is how will I know for sure? I limp when it's cold because of arthritis in my hip, I live with it. That is how I view it with these horses. I guess when they stop eating or moving around, I will have to make that decision. What if I couldn't afford to pay the Vet? Would it be fair to just leave them out in the pasture to die on their own? I think we all would agree that that is not the answer either. If enough people come together and figure out what to do with these animals, whether it is funding rescues or setting up a fund to help people that cannot afford to humanely euthanize their horses, the slaughter houses would have a struggle to support itself. They have programs set up for people that cannot afford to spay of neuter their dog or cat. As big as the horse industry is, they should be able to set up some kind of program to help the horses that can be helped. That would only leave the horses that are dangerous or too damaged to save, for these facilities.