The Darker Side of Horse Breeding: ‘Throwaway’ Foals


The plight of nurse mares and their offspring foals is so grim, many would rather not discuss it.

Far from the winner’s circle, between the headlines of prize horses and jockeys, nurse mares live solely to be impregnated in order to lactate and sustain the life of favored racing horses. Outside this role, nurse mares are of no use to breeders, and the foals produced as a result of the process are of even less consequence.

Horse breeding is one of the fastest growing operations these days. Quite similar to “Factory Farming” and “Breeding Rings”, it is a very profitable business – but not for the animals. Horse breeding started off because of races. When you bet on a racehorse, it supports these breeding rings indirectly. Since it is so lucrative, breeders do whatever they see fit to produce as much foals as possible.


However, not every foal has the capacity to be a race horse. As a result, these “incompetent” horses are discarded and left for dead. In order to save these poor foals, Victoria Goss, has been giving it her all. The kind woman has been rescuing horses for the most part of her life. In 2008, she established an organization called Last Chance Corral as way to protect these vulnerable horses.

“We wanted to put our efforts into something that people don’t want to work with, which is newborns,” said founder, Victoria Goss. “We needed to at least give them a chance.”

Check out her story in the video below and feel free to share what you thought about it in the comments section!

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