Horses are no longer kept in the front pens facing the main road (Hwy. 36). Previously, horses were seen in these front pens, but in the past year, only beef cattle or no animals are seen out front from the road.
For the last couple of years, horses are no longer being kept in the large back field. Over the years, we have published pictures of horses from the back field, but overall, fewer horses appear to be kept at this property. We can only speculate that less horses are going to Richelieu Meats in Quebec through this kill buyer, or he’s using another property to move the horses through. At times in the past, sometimes 50 to 60 horses were observed here, but in the past year, only 10 to 15 horses were seen at a time in pens at the side of the property.
On past visits in recent months, horses with yellow and white auction tags were noted. On this weekend’s visit there were more horses in the side pens – probably about 20. About half were young Belgians. This breed is commonly seen at this feedlot. The CHDC’s main blog picture of Belgians was taken at this location.
Why are young Belgians here? Are people breeding them for slaughter? Are breeders dumping their supposedly inferior animals to this kill buyer? Does he have contracts with local draft breeders to fill his contract with Richelieu? And finally, why would anyone do such a business and sell horses in this way?
It raises many questions on an ethical level and it leaves this person feeling that some Belgian breeders have betrayed their horses and instead of protecting their beloved breed, they have abandoned them instead.