I COMPLETELY agree with the overall message she's putting out. I DON'T always agree with everything she blogs, or the things she chooses to write about, but she has every right to make entries about what she wants, so as long as she doesn't stray too far from the message, and no one is ever going to ahve exactly the same opinions so I can let go of a few disagreements for the sake of the wider picture.
I find criticism of FHOTD always comes up in the same forms - 'she's picking on -insert discipline/breed of choice-', 'she hates horses that aren't perfect', 'I bet her horses are the fugliest' etcetc. I find that quite sad. Every entry she has to reiterate that its the BREEDERS she's getting at, not the horses themselves, link to other entries on a HUGE variety of disciplines/breeds to avoid being accused of picking on one, posting pictures of her own horses and so on. You can disagree with her, right, but to say these things just proves you haven't understood the blog at all, and porbably not even read it.
I think she's a very brave woman. She sticks to her message, even when a lot of people don't agree with her AND even now everyone knows who she is IRL. That is OUTSTANDING in internet blogging - it's is very unusual and very brave to carry on once the world knows who you really are, but she has. And no one has yet found anything about her real identity to bring her down. I really respect her for that.
And she does have every right to do what she's doing. The blog is satire, and it's educational. Both are clauses which automatically bypass internet copyright regulations - there is NOTHING illegal about her use of other people's pictures. In short, if you put images on the web, you ARE effectively allowing the world and its mother to use them. I don't necessarily agree with this, and would never do it myself, but I can overlook it for a good purpose - she's even used some of MY pictures without asking and I can overlook that because it's a good cause and hey, they were fabtastic bad riding fodder. There technically is nothing stopping her except politeness, and in extreme circumstances, politeness is overrated.
I honestly don't see how the premise of FHOTD as a blog could offend anyone, unless they were a potential subject. Well, I suppose here youcould look at her own blog subject for today: people who just don't want to hear it! People don't want to be told a foal they've bred is worthless, that their crossbred, badly conformed mare shouldn't get pregnant, no matter how much they love her, and people certainly don't want to hear that horses are going to slaughter every day. What fugly's blog does is actually talk about these issues that no one else wants to bring up; it's a big step away from other sites where everything is flowers and rainbows and no one will tell anyone their horse is ugly for fear of offending. Many people just can't deal with that.
Besides, it's **** entertaining.