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post #11 of 20 Old 10-01-2009, 05:40 PM
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It does come down ultimately to a question of semantics... the use of the word "jailer" seems....sad, mournful. Protective custody I suppose would be another way of putting it. There is little freedom in being in any kind of custody whether it be for ones own protection or as a method of punishment.

As humans, we have evolved into the most mentally superior animal on the planet. We have learned to domesticate, cultivate and adapt in ways that no other creature has achieved. My cats, my dogs, my horses are all victims of early humans need to manipulate their surroundings. Domestication in itself is a restriction of freedom. Most of us do not abuse the responsibility of our rank at the top of the evolutionary ladder, unfortunately there are a few that do. Now that our ancestors have gone through the process of domesticating what was once wild and free, it is left to us to continue the restriction in the most responsible and humane ways that we can. Is this a moral dilemma? It has been for me in the past most definitely. I don't really think it's something we have much choice in though. So just as I am my horse's keeper... my freedom is also restricted by having the awesome privilege of the responsibility.
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post #12 of 20 Old 10-01-2009, 08:16 PM
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A quote I like:

"We are responsible forever for that which we tame."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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post #13 of 20 Old 10-01-2009, 09:46 PM
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My horses don't live in a jail.
They live in a resort and I am their servant and care giver.

I need a vacation! And I am not paid enough either.


Please send help!
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post #14 of 20 Old 10-01-2009, 10:00 PM
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^^ now that right there is downright funny!
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post #15 of 20 Old 10-02-2009, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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As you all know I write as a hobby. When I wrote this one I thought - will it be understood? It is a bit dark and deep.
But it has raised a significant response from you guys and 135 viewers overnight - which is quite a total.
It will be interesting to see how far it runs.

And despite my writing "gaol" the British way and not the American.

It is undoubtedly a topic to cause the brain to stir.

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post #16 of 20 Old 10-02-2009, 08:05 AM
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I enjoy every word you type... especially because of your style and ability to create such vivid imagery. The word "gaol" helps create the tone.. it is the perfect word for the piece, no other word would have relayed the the feel of what you are saying.

The topic is definitely one to get the brain working, I am appreciative of that! I spent a good deal of time thinking about the condition of the animals we keep and I've often wondered if it was "right" in the order of things. In the case of horses, their domestication was pivotal in the advance of our species, but the human condition has changed to the point where horses are simply kept for pleasure for the most part, no longer a necessity for our survival. We use animals for our amusement and entertainment much like the Romans did at the Colosseum (maybe not quite as brutally but you get my point), so morally speaking, is it right to cage them and keep them? If it's not right than what's to be done about it?

I own a parrot. I whole heartedly believe that birds should not be kept in cages, I find it rather cruel. My parrot was born and raised in captivity and if I were to set her free she would surely die. Which is morally correct? Keeping her safe in her cage or allowing her to fly free the way nature intended only to meet a most definite demise? In a perfect world, there never would have been a parrot for me to purchase as they have no business being pets, but that isn't the world we live in.

The topic is dark and very deep, and I think for most people who have empathy it is understood perfectly. In my perfect world there would be no caged or kept animals, but unfortunately that isn't the world I was born into. All we can do is make life a little better for the animals that we have been put in charge of.
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We as owners of horses all have the opportunity to create a jail for incarceration or a balanced environment that gives the horse the physical AND EMOTIONAL needs that they all require.

Every time that you see a horse weaving,pacing,chewing,or acting out,then please consider the overall living conditions that they are living in.

Humans can be made to go half crazy with uncomfortable living conditions and so can horses.
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post #18 of 20 Old 10-02-2009, 03:54 PM
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My horses don't live in a jail.
They live in a resort and I am their servant and care giver.

I need a vacation! And I am not paid enough either.


Please send help!
Ha-ha-ha! I'd add to it I am certainly their slave: I ride what? 1 hour/day on my best (sometime longer trail rides on weekend, but some days I don't ride at all). But feeding/cleaning/etc. take much more then that (at least from me). And seeding pastures, removing the manure pile, blah-blah-blah - those all extra!
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post #19 of 20 Old 10-04-2009, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Maybe your horse is your jailer?

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post #20 of 20 Old 10-04-2009, 11:30 AM
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Maybe your horse is your jailer?

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He-he-he... Sometime I really think so. It's VERY hard to go somewhere on vacation with all these horses, dogs and cats I have. (it's not a complaint though - it was my choice Lol!)
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