Sorry, never had any experience with them concerning horses, but with dogs...oh boy!!! They used to come to the dOg shows (often in parks surrounded by busy highways) and open up the dog crates so the dogs could 'be fRee!" yeah, and get smashed by cars.
I had a dog that was a search and rescue dog, then retired to become a therapy dog. Becasue of her breed, and becasue the kids she worked with loved it so much, we often put costumes on her to work with the kids. She was TOTALLY used to wearing "clothes" becasue of her job. SHe didn't mind it AT ALL, in fact would get excited when the costumes came out, becasue she knew she could 'work' at Getting petted and fussed over. Our therapy group had a booth at a pet expo and a certain male actor who is a big time pETA member (don't know if I can say his name without getting in trouble ) came up, saw my dog in costume surrounded by adoring kids- she was ACTUALLY asleep at the time she was so upset) AND STARTED SCREAMING at me about dog abuse !!! A short time later, the local ASPSCA rep came up and laughed - she knew Brandy and my dog had done some bnefits for them. SHe said this actor had sworn outr a dog abuse complaint about me and she had to check it out. SHe lifted yup my half asleep dog;s sunglasses, asked her if she was abused, got a kiss, then laughed again. End of compaint.
However, if you will allow me, I would like to rant a little on the costume subject. My dog was in costume to get a lauygh or smile from abused/sick kids, and sometimes to work benefits to get donations (get picture with dog). Most people loved it, but we occasionally would get someone saying it was "Horrible to make my dog dress up" As I said before, my dog could care less, bu EVEN if she did, i didn't feel guilty. I fed her, gave her the best care, tons of attention and love, and if I asked her to do something she didn't like for a couple of hours s a week, I DON"T think that is abuse. If i could get all my wants met by drEssing up a few hours a week instead of working full time, I would jump at it! LOL. ANyway, thanks for letting me rant, and PETa MEMBERS ARE defintely WEIRDOS!!
hERE ARE SOME PICTURES - MINE IS THE UPSET dOBE!! lol