Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
If I may play devil's advocate, which is rare because me and ponyboy RARELY share the same opinion, I'm fairly certain when people say they are "against showing" that in GENERAL they mean on moreso of a regional, provincial or national level. They are against the idea of showing, which essentially in the end is to increase the worth of the horse. Specific breed type shows tend to be the worst offenders - we always hear horror stories of rampant types of abuse in Quarter Horse shows, Arabian shows, Tennessee Walking Horse shows. I think because they follow a sort of "closed" format - the only people WATCHING these shows is the people COMPETING in these shows. In general, open shows such as show jumping and Dressage are only more "humane" because they are SO public that people get in immediate trouble for any form of perceived abuse. However - we all still know it occurs in EVERY discipline.
When most of us on the forum think of showing or actually go to shows, they tend to be smaller local shows. In our eyes, we're going to test our knowledge - not necessarily increase our horses worth. If it is, it's only as an after thought as many of us would never consider selling our beloved pets. We don't go to win at any cost because there is little to no point - as was stated, when all that's at stake is a 99 cent ribbon you WANT to do well, but you don't find it necessarily to resort to violent and sadistic practices to achieve said results. You're there to gain experience, see how you're progressing and most important of all - to have fun! It's the only reason I go!
I can certainly understand why people become against showing in general. At the top levels, abuse comes hand in hand. We try to stop it to a point, but Thoroughbred racehorses are probably a perfect example of how much society will blind itself in order to make a buck. When money is involved, the animals always pay. It's practically the human way. However, even people who DON'T show abuse and mistreat animals so saying that you're against all showing is like saying you're against ALL horse ownership - just because a few ruin it, doesn't mean the entire idea should collapse.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.