Originally Posted by nrhareiner
Again you may not like it but until you are willing to put your money out there and show a horse who is different then stop talking.
And what right do you have to tell people what they can and can't talk about? I will continue talking until my dying day, about this subject and about many others. Try and stop me. Go ahead!
And yes, I HAVE entered horses in classes. I've paid that money. I've been there and done that and I STILL think that if there are no horses worthy of the ribbons, that none should earn the ribbons, especially if it means that bad breeders will be discouraged.
Heck, even if I had no show experience, the stinkin' show doesn't matter. It's just a stupid show. The quality of life for these horses ALWAYS comes first.
I don't give a rat's patootie how the shows are structured, how points are given out, what kind of money it costs to enter shows, or how much money is earned from shows. I'll keep saying it as many times as I have to, long after people are sick of hearing me say it, THE HORSES COME FIRST. Even if it means that shows are disbanded for good, THE HORSES COME FIRST. ALWAYS. PERIOD.
It doesn't matter how well these horses are taken care of. The more poorly bred horses that are created, the more unwanted horses there will be to get abused, neglected, and sent off to slaughter. A poorly built horse who can't even support its own weight to stay sound for life can be living a life of luxury, but he will still be in pain. And there's no one to blame but the greedy, selfish breeders. So long as the judges keep rewarding these horses, the breeders will continue to breed them.
And why should I have to enter my own horses in these classes in order to change things? First of all, I have no interest in showing halter. Second of all, I don't have the time, money, and resources to show in the way that would be required to make any sort of difference. Third of all, I highly doubt one person would be able to change the way things are done at all unless they managed to start placing on a national level. Even then it's doubtful. Heck, even an online petition would have more influence.
Besides, why aren't you fighting for the horses? Are you really saying that the money and points that come out of showing are more important than the lives of these horses? You sound like someone who shows. Why don't YOU enter some shows and change things? Practice what you preach! Come on.