Hum... I didn't know Zazu went there... I guess ya'll did!
I read in Bloodhorse recently that the beautiful and courageous mare Awesome Maria will be sold at auction in November. She's in foal to Distorted Humor. I pray she won't be going to Japan like the others referenced here.
I don't think anything is wrong with Japan, Virginia, and I think they love these horses and are taking wonderful care of them. I think a lot of this talk is because of what happened to Ferdinand in Japan, but I seriously doubt that would happen again. And, of course, we fans just feel like we loved these horses and it's hurtful that connections in the U.S. didn't seem to appreciate them. Bottom line to me is that it's all about the money and Japan is willing to spend it. I, for one, don't have a problem with it and I love that they are giving pretty good access to these horses and appear to cherish them. Besides, plenty of horses here are ending up at kill buyer auctions or breaking down when they should have been retired so who are we to point fingers at any other country.