Skyrocketing hay and grain prices, coupled with a struggling economy that's forcing people to dig deeper into their pockets, are taking a toll on the horse industry.
More horses are ending up in sale rings, where they often are purchased to be sold to slaughterhouses in Canada or Mexico. Some people are giving horses away, just to make sure they get a good home. And some are turning them loose on public lands or abandoning them at sale yards.
It's affecting everyone, from the backyard horse owner to breeders and trainers who depend on the animals for their income, he said.
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