Almost every horse born in the U.S. is the result of a person's conscious decision to breed his horse or not to separate mares from stallions. Breeders—and horse industry organizations that profit from the breeding of horses—should take an active role in ensuring that horses brought into the world are treated humanely.
The availability of horse slaughter has allowed (and even encouraged!) irresponsible overbreeding in the horse industry, with American horses suffering terribly as a result. Some unscrupulous horse breeders produce far more foals each year than they can realistically train or sell, choosing instead to cull their herds by disposing of their "excess" horses at auction where the animals will likely be purchased by slaughterhouse middlemen.
Responsible breeders are joining together to reduce the number of homeless, at-risk horses in the United States. Pledge now to be a responsible horse breeder and help protect horses from neglect, starvation, and slaughter.
By signing up to be a responsible breeder, I understand that my name, address, and email will be available online through a link on the Responsible Horse Breeders Council web page, so that horse owners can contact me should a horse I have bred becomes homeless and at risk for slaughter.