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post #21 of 29 Old 07-12-2013, 05:54 PM
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If it is cruel...then what do they expect to do with all the horses turned loose from lives of being ridden...shoot them?

Sure sound kinder to me.

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If it is cruel...then what do they expect to do with all the horses turned loose from lives of being ridden...shoot them?

Sure sound kinder to me.
The documentary basically said horses should be pets not work animals... That they should be able to "express themselves not controlled."
It just showed people walking around with horses teaching them tricks.
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post #23 of 29 Old 07-13-2013, 07:59 AM
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I was also rather unconvinced by the argument that having the horse in an indoor arena or a pen with 6' high panels and repeatedly asking the horse to rear is less dominating than riding.
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post #24 of 29 Old 07-13-2013, 09:07 AM
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Certainly there are people who are cruel to animals of all sorts - horses, dogs, other humans. I don't like going to work every day, but if I stayed home without any purpose, I'd get bored, start feeling useless, and eat cookies until I was 300 pounds. If I lived in a hunter-gatherer society, where most of my day was dedicated to my physical survival, different story.

If my horse hated being ridden, I don't believe he would come to me when I called his name, walk willingly from the pasture to the barn, willingly accept his tack, and happily ride me about. He is much bigger and stronger than I am. I like to think I am marginally smarter than he is, but if he didn't want to be caught, he wouldn't be. If he didn't want to be in the cross ties and be tacked up, he wouldn't be. If he didn't want to be ridden, he certainly has the ability to buck me off and head for a life of freedom

I believe it is a good thing to contemplate our relationships with other creatures, though. It's important to sometimes step back and consider if we are being good stewards of life's treasures, including horses.

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post #25 of 29 Old 07-13-2013, 09:44 AM
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Horses being a prey animal will always show us some sign of flight when insecure or spooked.
If we provide good leadership that insecurity or spook is greatly minimized by us - the rider.

That being said there have been 3 incidents during my time in the saddle that my horse got away from me.
One such time comes to mind, we encouted a bridge while I was leading, my wifes horse would not cross.
I road back and forth over the bridge, her horse would not cross.
We dismounted and tried leading both over the bridge, my horse pulled and I lost hold.
He ran off say 300' and everyone came unglued, I said let him go.
Minimal coaxing got her horse over the bridge and my wife got back on.
My horse is now standing beside me looking at me as though you're supposed to be on my back.

Pretty good sign that he expects me to lead him on the ride.
If he didn't want me there he could have ran on for sure.

I'm just sayin'
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post #26 of 29 Old 07-13-2013, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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It said that riding is painful to a horses back... That the pain is equivalent to one of our legs falling asleep and then trying to stand on it
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post #27 of 29 Old 07-13-2013, 12:26 PM
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If junk ill fitting tack is used then yes it can hurt the horses back and be cruel. If a person chooses to not do anything about the poor fitting tack yes they are cruel. However most people I know go out of their way to make sure that never happens.
Horse back riding is not cruel, some people that ride horses are. Bits are not cruel, some hands are. Saddles are not cruel, poor fitting saddles and junk saddles are. IMHO

Just my experience, if I don't ride my horse he ends up standing at the gate and knickers every time he sees me and paws at the gate. When I ride he is much happier.
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post #28 of 29 Old 07-13-2013, 01:13 PM
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If we didn't USE horses then we wouldn't keep them around. So look at wild Przwalski's horses and feral mustangs, and then tell me that feeding my horse regularly and amply, taking care of his health, keeping him away from predators, etc. is not a good trade off for the work he gets put in (which he doesn't hate). :/ In my mind that's a good trade off.
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yeah I thought the documentary was completely stupid and overrated. just wanted to see what others thought :)
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