"BUT I am also offended by the way the NA nations are treated and the way they have been forced to live in absolute poverty themselves. The injustice done to them, the housing and employment situations, the outrageously high suicide rates on the reservations bother me just about as much as the injustice done to the horses. Pine Ridge in South Dakota is a great example of this...again want more info google it...."
This is ABSOLUTELY Absurd. No one is forced to live in those conditions, actually I find that the government's
involvement has encouraged their poverty! Hello! Free health care, dental, land, handouts, college education, and on and on! My family and I qualify for all of those benefits and we refuse to take them. MY ancestors walked the trail of tears (Great Great grandmother was an Chief's daughter), great grandmother Apache, one Great grandmother and her rocking chair was traded to my great grandfather for a team of mules, and I can list many others. I am a mutt, but all of my ancestors were given land and each of them sold it, got off the reservations and lived elsewhere. NOT DEPENDING ON THE "WHITE" GOVERNMENT.
As for the fairy tale of them being gentle with horses and the land... Lots of them were farmers, hard core horse trainers mentioned before, I wouldn't let some of my family within 100 yards of my own.
Yes they do have a "way" to them... see picture of me with my grandfather, he's mostly Cherokee and Apache. He can hunt, track, grow just about anything and has a deep respect for nature. But if the NA's had never seen anyone riding on a horse they would have just shot them, sliced their throats, and ate them. Being thankful for the meat, not wasting it in the ground because it was their purdy pony. They used every inch of their bodies, like slaughter does now, and nothing went to waste.
Geez, this is getting loopier by the second.
Me with my mostly Native American grandfather, who loves horses, but has no way with them AT ALL. But he did teach me how to fish.