Feeding kennel dogs dead horses?
OK, I saw some thing odd today and I need some feedback as for just how far out this is.
I took my 5 month old GSP out to a local wildlife management area just to get him used to running fields and looking for birds. Didn't even bother bringing the shotgun out. The management area is public with a private hunt club next door. As we were in one of the open fields I could see the kennel for the hunt club which apparently specializes in fox hunting. I noticed that there probably about 50 vultures hanging out on one side of the kennel. I thought to my shelf "shit maybe one of their dogs died", so I walk on over. As a near the kennel (I don't have much experience with pack hunting but this was the biggest kennel I have seen, prob. 30 to 40 fox hounds) I see that one side is filled with dead horses. There were two or three complete horse skeletons with one relatively new carcass. The vultures were still picking away at the bones and four or five dogs were gnawing on the body of the horse.
Now I don't have much experience with fox hounds or large kennels but I was kinda shocked. Nobody at the hunt club, should have taken a picture but I didn't even think about it at the time.
I guess if you've got a dead horse that's one way to dispose of it but I can't imagine it being healthy for a pack of dogs to just feed on horses carcasses for days on end in their kennel.
Coyotes feed on raw meat for days on end.
Wolves feed on raw meat for days on end.
Cougars feed on raw meat for days on end.
Dogs are CARNIVORES - MEAT EATERS.
Most of the commercial dog food on the market is CORN BASED JUNK!!!
If I had large freezers to store feed, I would get whatever meat I could find to feed my hounds - cows, horses, deer, etc.
As it is, I feed meat based dog food with no corn - Corn is junk, they don't digest it - thats why Pedigree turds stink SOOO BAADDD
I agree with the original poster. This seems odd. Yes dogs are carnivores, but so are humans. I would be concerned about the rotting flesh after days of exposure, as the dogs will eat rotting flesh, and horrific Pedigree turds for that matter. All that said, who knows what is going into dog food these days. Humans don't know what is in their food. I can't imagine the rotting horse flesh is any worse than what goes into the mass produced dog food. Also, GSP's rule!
i can understand your pondering whether it would hurt them or not, but aside from man made chemical compounds dogs generally arent going to eat shit thats bad for them...
How do they know its bad for them ?? after the fifth time theyve puked it up and decide to give it another try they will start to look for something that stays down on the first try.
is there probably a better way to store and feed horse meat to assumingly well bred and quality hunting dogs than letting it rot on the ground and letting them pick at it like coyotes.
I cant think of a better supplement to a dogs diet than what was previously probably a large healthy animal and otherwise wouldve went to waste.
piles of horse carcasses out back of the kennel do seem a little macabre.