Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
It reflects a perpetual problem - most people live in cites, and do not understand what happens outside of a city, yet they feel free to impose rules on farmers, ranches, national forests, etc. They think ranchers graze on public land for free, and that grazing destroys the land. They have no concept of logging. They think of the 'clear cut and move on' logging of the 1800s, and they believe the propaganda that says all logging is like that.
I blame organizations like HSUS, that raise funds and live off of pushing propaganda about what goes on. Like all propagandists, they never discuss alternatives. So people who don't know one end of a horse from the other end make rules for horses (or ranches, or wildlife) based on feeling good. But the minority that lives in a rural area, or that owns horses, has to deal with the imposed rules.
I wouldn't think of telling a city where to have the bus lines run. In return, I wish they wouldn't tell me what to do with a horse.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."