Originally Posted by Jr_lover
Thats a good statement but then I think hmm how did horses get domesticated anyway? Because people started using them as a TOOL to get you from place to place or for wars and stuff... Its things like that that make me think. But then the indians on the other hand lol had horses too but according to stories were nice to their horses and supposedly their horses came back to them and they didn't keep them pinned up and stuff.. I'm not sure about that that's just the things I hear. Lol.
Don't get me wrong though I agree with you all I think horses should not be used as a tool and that they can be loved on too but this all just came to my attention and made me think and I wanted to see if it would make you guys think too lol.
I'm not quite sure how horses got domesticated previously but I do know that they originally did it for food(gross!) and to be pack animals and to be used in war. Nowadays domestication in the harsher ways is much much gentler than past methods. I was watching a movie called "The Real horse Whisperer" by Monty Roberts whom learned his methods from watching wild horses "train" each other. He showed clips of his dad who used to train horses in horrible ways! They'd bind ropes all over the horses body, and tie up a rear foot to its side, then tie its head up high against a post and when the horse pulled, the ropes tightened around its body and they left the horse there until it gave in and stopped pulling. That's how they used to break a horse and domesticate wild horses. It was HORRIBLE looking.
Using your horse for personal gain is okay as long as the horse is in on it too. I think people that sell and trade horses like baseball cards don't really feel a connection with horses as people that actually spend time with their horse and CARE for them. People will buy a horse and say "Oh well, he doesn't extend at the trot the way I want him to and so I'm going to sell him and buy a new one for showing this year." Those horses are tools, IMO.