Great Waste Of Horses In War., Daily Racing Form, 1915-06-24


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GREAT WASTE OF HORSES IN WAR The following from the Cape Times will con ¬ vey some idea of the demands of war on horses reunited for cavalry purposes purposesBuyers Buyers from England and France are scouring Argentina for cavalry horses to be used in the war It Is said that orders for 3000CO uow have already been received and that these lers wi be duplicated in the near future It is t matel that the sales will ultimately reach twenty million dollars Thousands of horses have already been shipped and steamer loads of them are now mov ¬ ing out over the wean on the road to sudden death it is said that tiie average Hfe of a horse on the IcittUtield is only three days and it makes one s heart sick to think of the slaughter of such annuals as this country is raising Ihere is a sale of thoroughbred stock every spring which brings in 1500000 and upwards for colts sold Sometimes it runs as high as 2000000 I have the ligures of the later sales from the Agricultural Society of Argentina In 1 07 the amount realized for 335 colt was more than UOOOOO or on the average almost 2700 per annual In HMiO tile sales amounted to more than 1 r00000 whi c hi 1010 4S3 colts were sold for upward of U50000 U50000At At that sale some of the colts brought as much as 12000 each In 1U05 two yearlings were bid off at 13000 each and in 1910 one yearling sold for 10000 and another for 19000 During that sameT vear one of Diamond Jubilees colts brought 15000 and another 13000 Within a period of seeiiteen years the average price of yearlings at these sales has steadily risen In 1WS It was 000 while since then it has risen to 3loO per colt These prices are for yearlings only and they show what the Argentina has been doing to improve its horses of the thoroughbred strain As it isniipw there are about 70000 thoroughbreds in the country and there are something like 400 thoroughbred stallions and 3000 lroodinares in Beivice with an output of 1500 pedigreed colts Returning to the demand for horses for the European cavalry the supply of the Argentine horse flesh is more than one third as large as that of the United States According to the latest figures the worlds total of horses is about SO000000 and of these onetenth are feeding on the Argentine iiampHsi The United Stales has about 21000000 horsjs and Russia like mnulier In round numbers Germany and Austria have about COIiOOOO France KCOOOOO and Great Britain 2000000 Canada has about 23000W Australia a like nuinlier and Argentina about S500WO During the Boer war many thousands of horses were shipi ed from Buenos Aires to South Africa and the outlook is that if the sea route can be kept open for the allies a large proportion of the present supply will go to Great Britain and France Ixmdon Spurting Life

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