The horse nicknamed “Highway” escaped from a trailer taking him to be euthanized.

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https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article222657875.html
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An injured horse found on a Florida highway last week narrowly escaped a death sentence. He somehow made his way out of a trailer that was taking him to his own execution.

He ended up saving his own life.

Authorities say the horse was being transported to be “euthanized ... but ... had different plans,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.

Now, the driver of the trailer is in trouble with the law for abandoning the animal that cops nicknamed Highway. After his harrowing adventure, the horse was found last Friday on Interstate 75, north of Micanopy.

It was all a mystery at first. Why was a horse roaming the highway?

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office says the mystery was solved after people on social media responded to the animal’s plight. Then tips poured in.

Turns out, the 12-year-old gelding’s current owner had no use for the animal anymore, said sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey. Then, the person tasked with transporting the doomed animal either didn’t secure the trailer gate properly or the animal kicked his way out, Forgey said.

A passing truck driver on the highway spotted the open gate on the horse trailer and flashed his lights at the truck driver. The driver pulled over at the signal, closed the gate and then “nonchalantly” drove away, Forgey said.

The deputies who responded to calls about the wandering horse found him “docile,” standing in the grass on the side of the road.

The sheriff’s office considers the driver a suspect and is preparing a warrant for his arrest on animal abandonment charges, Forgey told the Miami Herald. The driver was not identified on Wednesday.
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Highway, previously named Jet and Spartan by other owners, is on the mend but not out of danger. He is being treated for road rash, a large open joint wound and other cuts and bruises.

“His story has certainly turned out to be one for the books,” say the caretakers at Springhill Equine Veterinary Clinic in Ocala where Highway underwent surgery. “He is not out of the woods yet, but we are more optimistic with each day that he is on the right road to recovery.”
 

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Horses are a food source in many countries, including many that "progressives" idealize that they want the US to turn into. Pretty much the reasons Americans shun horse meat is based on religion and our worship of the fable of the American expansion into the "Wild West".

Here's a link to a Business Insider article about the US distaste of horse meat.
https://www.businessinsider.com/why-americans-dont-eat-horse-meat-2013-2
 

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I have no problem eating horse meat. Bring it on.

Zoos in the US import thousands of tons of horse meat every year to feed animals. The horse meat is more nutritionally balanced than beef and it's cheaper. Animals do much better with it. When the horse slaughter ban went into place in 2007 or so, that, combined with the economic downturn meant that hundreds of horses were abandoned. Where I lived in South West Idaho/South East Oregon we had a lot of wild horses. People figured their horses could just join wild herds. Problem was, their horses were used to being fed and didn't know how to forage. The Sheriff's department ended up with hundreds of horses they couldn't get rid of. The horse slaughter ban was about the stupidest things the Government did that year.
 

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The horse slaughter ban was about the stupidest things the Government did that year.
Just that year? One of the dumbest ever. It's a top example of how the government creates long term serious problems .

Also, the news article tried to turn this CRIME into some feel good BS:
He somehow made his way out of a trailer that was taking him to his own executi

He ended up saving his own life.
Authorities say the horse was being transported to be “euthanized ... but ... had different plans,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.
No. The horse fell out onto the asphalt at high speed because he panicked when the unsecured trailer opened. Which means he was not tied or poorly tied.
The terrified horse had no "plan".

The deputies who responded to calls about the wandering horse found him “docile,” standing in the grass on the side of the road.
I'm sure he is an amiable gelding. But It would be far more accurate to say the horse was standing quietly in great agony.
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To their credit, the gofundme raised the. requested funds for the horse's vet care and the Vet Clinic closed it and warned people not to give money to anyone else claiming to raise $ for the horse.
Weve seen so many gofundmes on DD that couldnt resist the money grab. Wanted to give credit where due.
 
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