Equine Expert to Talk About Unwanted Horse Problem

University of Missouri to host lecture on the rising problem of unwanted and abandoned horses.

Soaring costs of feed, fuel and hay have worsened the problem of unwanted and abandoned horses in Missouri and across the nation. Veterinarian Tom Lenz will explore the problem in an Aug. 18 talk at the AnimalScienceResearchCenter on the University of Missouri campus. The event will be held in Room S-147 at

"Because of the closing of horse slaughtering facilities and cost-related factors, there has been an increase in unwanted horses pretty much all over the United States," said Dee Cooper, University of Missouri extension livestock specialist and program organizer.

Lenz, a 1975 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, will discuss the types of horse that become unwanted, the reasons they become unwanted and possible solutions. His talk will cover euthanasia, carcass disposal, rescue and retirement options and the efforts of the Unwanted Horse Coalition.

Source: Feedstuffs

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