I have been pondering what characterises our relationship with horses. It seems that for most of us "property" is the principle term one should use. The more a person is into competition, the more this aspect takes over. The horse as our property and a vehicle to carry us to some pleasure or other. Everything is about how to manipulate the horse and get him to do what we want.
This property/vehicle (pleasure or competitive or economic) seems at the root of many of the abuses we witness. Much like a car, horses are parked and "worked on" only as much as much as necessary to get out of them what we want.
Of course this really is the place of most animals with whom we interact (check out how most chickens, pigs and cows are treated on their way to our dinner plates). The purpose of our relationship is to benefit us exclusively. I can't help but wonder if there is another way. One where we place benefits to both species of the relationship at its centre. How do other folks feel about this?