Originally Posted by DiamondsMyLady
I see where you're coming from with stealing their freedom, but that was really just to emphasize that they used to just run about as they pleased and now they don't. But technically we did steal their freedom. (I'm not trying to argue, and change/discredit your opinion, just throwing my two cents in). They did as they pleased, now that can't. Not to say ALL horses would rather be "free" but before horses were used for our needs, they would have been quite content to be wild.
And I don't believe horses think that way. "Well this seems the better deal so lets go with that." We took them out of their natural habitat.
I'd rather be "free to do what I pleased," but then I'd have to fight with others to be fed, warm, and safe. The horses could "roam free" but they would not have protection from predators, food through the harsh winter, or protection from sickness.
You sacrifice some things to benefit from others; such as "freedom" (that comes with uncertainties such as famine, disease, predators etc) for safety, food, and protection. I'M not in my natural habitat... And I'm quite happy with that! I've got a full tummy, nice bed... Sure I have to work for it... But that's ok to me.
I could go live in the jungle or mountains and "live free" as my monkey ancestors did way back when, but I would probably, most certainly not live my normal life expectancy, and likely die a less-than-desirable death.
Horses... Well, they're far removed from their wild ancestors. If they have to work a little (*ahem* an hour or two a few times a week for most horses) for security and food, so be it.
More to my point, if horses weren't owned or ridden, they would be dead. If they were of no use to us (entertainment or otherwise) the majority simply wouldn't be here, they would be hunted out. We have too many "wild horses" right now as is... If the other few million were not owned by people now, they simply wouldn't exist. Posted via Mobile Device