I'll assume that most people understand that horse slaughter in the US was stopped many years ago. A new wrinkle in this business has developed. The Japanese have a new delicacy. Raw, red meat from young Percheron Draft horses. Bought wherever they can, especially Horse Auctions, yeanlings, yearlings and a few 2 year olds, then shipped to feedlots to finish growing. At the right time, live, healthy Percheron horses are transported to Japan for their final fattening. This industry has pushed the value of these colts from $800 each to over $3,000 each. While people seeking to "rescue" horses from kill buyers, can do so for a few hundred dollars, the annual sale of 300 or more colts and fillies would overwhelm the pocketbooks and pastures of all but a few rescuers. This recent spike in prices has caused mare owners to breed in hopes of preventing the upcoming shortage in broke teams as well as supplying the new meat industry. For those with the room for rescuing horses, will you seek out arthritic, foundered, aged horses or will you save these healthy, young colts that will increase in value as they get older? Sort of a moral dilemma.