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Table 2 Total horses kept and number of horses sold and disposed of, arranged by category of sale and disposal

From: A demographic survey of unwanted horses in Ireland 2005-2010

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Horses kept 2536 2637 2757 2759 2748 2738
Public auction 404 (15.9%) 351 (13.3%) 407 (14.8%) 399 (14.5%) 411 (15%) 406 (14.8%)
Private sale 139 (5.5%) 147 (5.6%) 138 (5%) 139 (5%) 166 (6%) 134 (4.9%)
Sold to Dealer 59 (2.3%) 56 (2.1%) 71 (2.6%) 87 (3.2%) 83 (3%) 98 (3.6%)
Retired 70 (2.8%) 66 (2.5%) 64 (2.3%) 70 (2.5%) 69 (2.5%) 82 (3%)
Re-homed 55 (2.2%) 44 (1.7%) 51 (1.8%) 62 (2.2%) 81 (2.3%) 116 (4.2%)
Euthanasia 48 (1.9%) 34 (1.3%) 40 (1.5%) 47 (1.7%) 64 (2.3%) 61 (2.2%)
Category 2 plant 26 (1%) 18 (0.7%) 27 (1%) 46 (1.7%) 32 (1.2%) 32 (1.2%)
Abattoir 8 (0.3%) 7 (0.3%) 9 (0.3%) 14 (0.5%) 16 (0.6%) 30 (1.1%)