Falling Through the Cracks: How Good Horses End Up in Bad Places

So sad to think that a Budweiser draft horse could end up at an auction frequented by kill buyers…

Draft Horse Rescue Resource

On Monday, August 10th, 2015, Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue was notified by a supporter that a neglected and malnourished Clydesdale gelding was at the notorious killer auction in New Holland, Pennsylvania. The rescue responded immediately and the horse, now called Duke, was purchased and transported to CT for rehab.

Duke the former Budweiser Clydesdale, rescued in neglected condition from New Holland auction on 8/10/15. Duke the former Budweiser Clydesdale, rescued in neglected condition from New Holland auction on 8/10/15.

Two days later, it was confirmed that Duke was once one of the famed Budweiser Clydesdales, who had been sold several years back to a private individual. We may never know Duke’s journey from equine royalty to killpen nobody, but his tale is a cautionary one for anyone who believes that great bloodlines or accomplishments will, in and of themselves, protect a horse throughout their lives. I’d like to relay the stories of a few horses that were not as lucky as Duke.

1986 Kentucky Derby winner, Ferdinand 1986 Kentucky Derby winner, Ferdinand

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One Response to “Falling Through the Cracks: How Good Horses End Up in Bad Places”

  1. raja sudhakar rachapudi Says:

    “Speak foe those who can not speak for themselves”

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