11-28-2009, 06:46 AM
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I am so glad to hear there are others out there who don't blame the horse!! My own view is that if you buy a horse you are responsible for its life,therefore, whatever your experience, you learn how to take care of it correctly, learn all of its needs, improve your own skills until you can cope with your "problem" horse. There are not problem horses, unless a human makes the problem. I would say 90% of the problem a person is having with the horse is down to the human. In our throwaway society it is now considered normal to devalue something that isnt exactly what we want it to be, we have got used to instant gratification, and bigger and better, and unfortuneately this has been detrimental to the horse. ( as if they didnt have it bad enough before) I always advise people with a problem with thier horse, not to send it away, get someone to come out to you, and work together, find out what you are doing wrong; to send a horse away is to almost garantee that they will come back with the same problems, once they are in the same environment with the same owner. And my heart bleeds for all of the genuine horses that get passed around from clueless owner to clueless owner, getting more bad treatment and problems as they go. It is so much easier to blame the horse, after all, than to commit to going on a learning experience yourself. I especially hate the fact that so many humans say that horses are stupid, they don't feel pain as we do, they don't have the same emotions that we do--- well, how convenient is that for them???. I especially dislike the self-professed horse lovers, who are in fact self- lovers, and have latched on to this beautiful sensitive intelligent species, to inflate thier own egos and purse. My horses are with me for life, through thick and thin, the same as my children. I will be there for them at the end, I will change my interests to fit in with thier capabilities as they get older. They are family, and that's how it should be.