Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
There’s a number of problems with that kind of attitude. Firstly, the people who talk about horses like that, or other animals, especially domesticated animals, not to mention the “natural environment” have a completely unrealistic understanding, or probably more correctly, a complete misunderstanding of what nature is and the place of humans in it is. This can be summed up by a quote from an anthropologist Dawn Chatty that I found a few weeks ago:
“The common western, urban notion of wilderness as untouched or untamed land has pervaded conservation thinking. Many policies are based on the assumption that such areas can only be maintained without people. They do not recognise the importance of local management and land-use pra...ctices in sustaining and protecting biodiversity. Nearly every part of the world has been inhabited and modified by people (Pimbert and Pretty 1995). In East Africa, for example, the rich Serengeti grassland ecosystem was, in part, maintained by the presence of the Maasai and their cattle (Adams and McShane 1992). There is good evidence from many parts of the world that local people do value, utilise and efficiently manage their environments (Naban et al. 1991, Oldfield and Alcorn 1991, Abin 1998, Novellino 1998), as they have done for millennia. These findings suggest, in complete reversal of recent conservation philosophy, that it is when local or indigenous people are excluded that degradation is more likely to occur: ‘It suggests that the mythical pristine environment exists only in our imagination’ (Pimbert and Pretty 1995:3)”.
In other words the these people have a western, urban, out dated and mistaken view of the world and nature, and people; mistaken because it does not stand scrutiny once it is subjected to actual analyses. When this kind of thinking is applied to horses, or other domesticated animals, these dip****s are too stupid to understand that horses are not wild animals, they are only horses precisely because they were bred by people through thousands of years and are are a part of humanity, just as much as humans are part of the horse's world. This also, incidentally, shows all the “natural horsemanship is stupid because nothing we do with horses is natural” rubbish to be precisely that, rubbish. Going further, even if they were wild animals, as opposed to domesticated animals, this attitude would still be in error because it relies on the idea that humans are not part of the natural world, which we are, and always have been. Yet these ninnies preach this crap and they try to force it on everyone else by claiming to have some moral high ground because they “really care for the horseis”; if you disagree with them then you are obviously an abusive savage and not as civilised as them. They simply put forth nothing more than an ideological position and try to bully everyone else into believing it through emotional blackmail.