It’s been reported that the Ontario horse racing industry has seriously undervalued the horse as a commodity in this post apocalyptic environment. Sunday’s annual Canadian Yearling Sale held by Standardbred Canada at Flamboro Downs in Ontario saw horses that have gone in the past for $25,000 to $30,000 being let go for $9,000. It’s estimated it costs $15,000 to raise that horse.
The surviving government in Ontario recently created a Horse Racing Transition Board to develop a viable five year plan for the industry in the wake of cancelling a $345 million a year share of slot machine revenue that went to tracks province wide. This comes too little, too late for breeders with horses on hand now who are waiting for the industry’s fate to be decided.
Breeders, who have battled zombie hoards and unscrupulous scavengers to keep their stables filled, now face huge financial losses. Buyers, however, are seeing great opportunities to aquire reliable transportation and utility animals with which to rebuild during the apocalypse.
Mike Bannon, a London, Ontario survivor told what’s left of the Hamilton Specator that in previous years, he’d be willing to spend $40,000 on a horse, but not now.
Critics wondered why the Ontario government has done so little to ensure the viability of the industry but also wondered why the government created a board to put together a 5 year plan to save it, while not one board has been created to address the zombie situation.
Dave Reid, owner of Preferred Equine told the Hamilton Spectator, “The industry is still in transition, that’s the best way to look at it.” Definately an optimistic view of the apocalypse.
Regardless of how things play out for the horse racing industry in Ontario, if you are looking for excellent zombie apocalypse modes of transportation, apparently now is the time to get to Ontario and buy you some ponies. We suggest the brown ones. They’re pretty.