Well then that's your opinion and this is mine. It does not mean I lied, I stated my opinion and it was backed up by fact. Natural horsemanship is good and fine if that is what you like to do, and you certainly don't see me starting threads calling it "dumb," "weird," or anything else. I thought natural horsemanship was about communicating with your horse in a way that encourages a partnership and is free of the negatives of normal human bias and judement normally found when training horses. (i.e. this horse is stupid because it doesn't understand ME, the natural horsemanship approach would be to understand the horse and communicate with them that way? no?)
Well my point is you should approach humans in the same non-judgemental and unbiased way. As long as it does not infringe on your rights or the rights of the horse (which it clearly does not, no matter how much you think or will it.. shaking a little plastic bag to get a horse riled up does not induce physical harm, not to mention the horses see the plastic bag on a daily or weekly basis. They know it is their cue to add a little enthusiasm to their work. I've seen horses spook and if the horses were truly afraid of the plastic bag.. why would they return to their owners with nothing but kind hearts and kisses?) you should not post things that are bound to get people upset.
The USEF would step in at the first signs of abuse if it were common to one discipline and stop it or place strict regulations. Instead, in their magazine, they have articles and pictures celebrating the athleticism and beauty these horses offer us. If you want a cause, support the Premarin mares and babies, or stop horse slaughter.. I can assure you that my horse who is snugly tucked in his or her heated stall with 4 inches of shavings with plenty of treats and bran mash on sundays and pleasantly plump and turned out daily and loved and kissed and groomed and ridden and taken out on the occaisional trail and loved is a far cry from abuse, even if he/she has to work once in a while. I can assure you that most of these horses don't need or want your support because they are perfectly happy doing they're job. =]