Post-career options for equines is a hot topic. Recently I wrote about horse slaughter and about euthanasia, how it is a mistake to conflate the two. Healthy horses that are both fit for transport and not excluded from the food chain are sometimes sent to the abattoir.

It is also vital that we deal humanely with horses with severe behavioural issues and end intractable pain in animals that have suffered severely with no further prospect of relief.