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    02-13-2010, 11:48 PM
  #21
Green Broke
There are a lot of things in the horse world that have as much value as time honored tradition as they do for functional value.

I've been an aspca advocate for 15 years, and believe me if I see a worthy cause I fight for it. But my dogs are all microchipped and tattooed. My goats were all tattooed.


Gelding a horse hurts too. Should we ban that?

I think the need to search for a cause sometimes overpowers good ol' common sense.
     
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    02-13-2010, 11:56 PM
  #22
Foal
I'm sure there are plenty of people out there that are against riding them too Whitefoot!
     
    02-14-2010, 12:01 AM
  #23
Banned
Does no one think about those POOR mustaags and cows that have had this done for many years? And the cowboys' horses "back in the day"?

Well, they lived. And I don't think it caused them long term harm.
Plus, in freeze branding the hair grows back, just white, which I think is easier to see.
But I'm not going to petition hotbranding. Its kinda like people petitioning meat. It ain't never going to happen. Its a way of life. Course if the horse if white/grey, that may not show too well.
Also, lip tatooing. It's probably not comfy at all for a horse, but its done for thoroughbreds and it only causes momentary pain.
     
    02-14-2010, 12:07 AM
  #24
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Originally Posted by Indyhorse    
There are a lot of things in the horse world that have as much value as time honored tradition as they do for functional value.

I've been an aspca advocate for 15 years, and believe me if I see a worthy cause I fight for it. But my dogs are all microchipped and tattooed. My goats were all tattooed.


Gelding a horse hurts too. Should we ban that?

I think the need to search for a cause sometimes overpowers good ol' common sense.
Defiantly. But you know, as I always say " Common sense ain't so common anymore!" (i made that up myself)
     
    02-14-2010, 12:12 AM
  #25
Super Moderator
A freezebrand would have no value at all with the horse I'm riding in my avatar. He is hot branded, however.
     
    02-14-2010, 02:51 AM
  #26
Banned
Hmm............
     
    02-14-2010, 06:10 AM
  #27
Foal
Most people here are from the US.

Microchipping is now compulsory to get done in the UK. If people don't seem to make sense in the fact that now that it is widely used and less painful, then feck, I don't know what to say.

But personally, I would go for the less painful option. But hey, that's just me.
     
    02-14-2010, 06:21 AM
  #28
Foal
EDIT: Study suggests hot-iron branding should be abandoned | Horsetalk - International horse news

(also, with the whole "oh next we'll be banning gelding and riding". Gelding si done with anaestesia (sp?). If hot branding were done with some pain medication, I wouldnt have any problems. Also, that's a bit of a stupid argument.
And there are plenty people who want riding banned - 12 year old PETA heads who know nothing about horses.
     
    02-14-2010, 09:01 AM
  #29
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
Why is it that people feel the need to force thier "morals" onto other people. The ponies are not hurt much by hot branding. It's very momentary and minor. It's not abuse. I think it is foolish to waste time making laws that are this stupid. I'm going to go brand a horse just to spite you. Maybe I'll brand two.
yes I agree, brading causes a little temporary pain but in the end they are fine and looked after. Mircochipping is to too subtle way of identification I think and not all centres have a way of readind them.
     
    02-14-2010, 09:07 AM
  #30
Lis
Yearling
I'm in the UK as well and I'd rather have my horse branded or freeze marked than microchipped because in a big animal like a horse if that chip moves then you have a hell of a job of finding it. The OP said that branding was legal for free living herds so I'm assuming these are semi-feral ponies so it would make sense to brand because they don't have to catch them to check who they are. Makes more sense to me. If I was a thief I'd be taking the microchipped horse, easier to hide with no visual markings.
     

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