Your response to Mr. Van Blaricom's diatribe about horses ("Let them eat horse," Wallowa County Chieftain, Dec. 14, 2006) was superb. I would add the words of Plutarch:
"A good man will take care of his dogs and horses, not only while they are young, but also when they are old and past service."
A good man would travel on a cattle truck to a slaughterhouse and see what his old horses face on that terrible journey. Blind, old, crippled, young, stallions all together for days, not able to stand straight or lie down, no food or water.
I've seen trucks where only 10 miles have passed and blood is pouring out of the back. A good man would know that and take care of his horses in the same way they have taken care of him.