04-30-2008, 12:28 AM
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The first thing I think when I hear "horses teeth need to be floated every 6 months/year or that people force their horses to live in stalls almost 24/7, or that... I could go on and on" is that it is ridiculous to think that horses need all of the things that people are convinced they do to live. People actually try to teach horses how to be horses.
But then, humans have so altered the way horses live and what they are exposed and put through, their diet being the perfect example, that it makes sense that they to try to compensate.
Just my thoughts. I have absolutely nothing against floating, I don't do it, but if I had a hosre that the vet said would benefit from it, I would in a heartbeat.
What I do hate, and hate with a passion, is the horses(not the actual horses, but the fact that it's happening) that are not allowed to be horses. The horses who are kept in stalls 24/7, that are fed ultra concentrated feed and are on a strict regimen of conditioning etc, whose life is a regimen with intermittent exercise and shows consisting of moving in complex patterns and forms in a square/round fence. That, to me, is an unthinkable crime.
And people say "My horse truly loves going to shows, doing whatever their lives center around."
But like in factory farms, where, say, chickens are raised in a dark warehouse with thousands of other chickens where the very floor they walk on burns their skin, you could say that love their once-a-week trip to a 2 sq foot pen outside. Of course they love it.
(I know, I went pretty overboard, I absolutely am not comparing certain owners to factory farms, sorry! But the analogy is correct, even if it's extreme).
I"M SO SORRY FOR THE RANT! I don't ever do this, I got carried away, this is more like something for it's own topic, and I'm not trying to instigate trouble or cause a fight, it's just what I feel.