Originally Posted by cowgirllinda1952 View Post
Those parade horses just make me sick!! Too bad that someone from animal control or some other anti cruelty organization was not there. Maybe next year, someone can put a "bug in their ear", that they need to be there. Was this by any chance the Houston Rodeo Parade? I know there are horse rescues and such in the Houston area. I would love to be there, and see those horses taken in and adopted out to loving, caring homes!
I ran into this issue when I got the Humane Society involved at my local stables. The term 'abuse' is not set per individual animal. It is limited to the basics; hitting, kicking, and other forms of non controversal abuse.
The standards of what is concidered abuse is the same with horses as it is with cats and dogs. There is a major flaw there though. Dogs and cats aren't ridden, so there are no stipulations on what is concidered abuse in riding or training methods to teach a horse to ride.
An example is Rollkur. It has been proven that it hurts the horse in more ways than one, and to horse people the term rollkur is the same as abuse. To animal care proffessionals, it is just a controversal training method, like crate training a dog. Many people are against crate training, but it is not concidered abuse (it is also quite a bit different, but do you see where I am going?)
Riding a yearling isn't seen as an issue, along with poorly fitting saddles, cranking a horse's head too low or too high, using a harsh bit improperly, or anything like that.
I think the laws should change, but it is how it is. We also have ignorant animal control to blame. They are trained to deal with issues of dogs and cats, who show sighs of abuse more clearly. They see a horse looking scared while ridden, we know it is because of the harsh bit and hands, but he will assume the horse has bad training, and by riding him, the issue is getting fixed.
Belive me, I know from experience in trying to help with my local stables. These issues can't be fixed as a whole until the law changes. Nearly every single horse at my local stable went through abuse, obvious, or what we concider abuse (it was a self care stable, so no one was really watching out for the horses, and the owner knew very little except horses are expensive and bring in money).
By the time I stopped with my efforts, the only thing I was able to help with was the horses involved cases of neglect. That is because the law only requires animals to have food, water, and shelter.
The horses down there are still never seeing a.farrier (in the wild they don't need hoof care), being ridden as yearlings (the younger they learn, the easier they will be when they are bigger), ridden in poorly fitting saddles (its what fit his mother, saddles are expensive, so we didn't wanna buy another), and a ton of other things.
This is why I hate humanity -.- Posted via Mobile Device