Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: in a barn, on my horse;]
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Do you really think horses enjoy being ridden?
I know horses love treats, hay, and grass. I know they need and want exercise, but do you think they actually enjoy being ridden? Do you think, that they think "Oh boy, I can't wait to be ridden today!" (yes I know horses don' actually think like this, so don't take the phrase literally, please). Maybe it just depends on the horse? But I hear so many people saying how it's cruel to the horse to have it as a lawn ornament. Is it really? If they have a big enough pasture where they can run, fresh water, a place to get out of the weather; wind, snow, hail, rain, etc., if they have a loyal companion or two and person to love them- and let the get a little chubby from one too many treats- is it really that big of a crime? Is it so terrible if the horse only is led down trails and grazed in the side yard, rather than being saddled- with an ever ignorant human on his back? What is it, then, that horses did before we stole their freedom? Lunged each other? No. Not by any means. They grazed, had company with each other, they slept, and they ran. There was no metal in their mouths, there was no saddle on their backs. There was no rider mounted onto his trusty steed. So I ask you again- is it really a crime?
A crime- to me- is something that causes harm to another. Something that you would be ashamed of if people were to hear of it. The simplicity of a horse as a "lawn ornament" seems so utterly inaccurate to me. Tell me now- if a man were to inherit an untamed piece of land, where wild horses roamed right into his very front yard, would they too, be lawn ornaments? No, I do believe they would still wear the honorable name of mustangs. So why then, are horses that are not ridden lawn ornaments? You tell me.
I'm sure I will recieve a thorough bashing from many people on this forum. Regardless- I feel everyone should consider this topic to an extent. I'd love to hear opinions. Open minds please- everyone is going to have a difference in opinion, even if it's the slightest difference.
Equestrianism- the obsessive pursuit of perfection by the inevitably imperfect.