Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
I vow not to
This is just about the internet but it is horse related.
I have my pet peeves, anyone who has read very many of my posts knows that. I'm usually not stupid enough to talk about them in real life to horse people but now I'm upping my game and am going to try my hardest not to kvetch virtually either.
So I am listing them here just to get it all out of my system and then be silent!
1. Breeding for color, especially colors that have a potential to cause health issues (frame, silver dapple, etc.). But also, any time someone puts color or markings before conformation and temperament.
2. Breeding unsound horses because that is what wins, whether that be tiny feet, too-thin bones, crazy temperament, over-dished faces, bulging muscles, or anything else.
3. Hairy legs and feet. Again, it is something many people like looking at, but don't reflect so much about the problems it causes the horse in most climates. (there is a theme ...)
4. Western Pleasure. Nuff said.
5. The popularity of cart and draft horses for riding. Don't know why this bugs me so much.
6. How terrible Mini conformation is, saving the show Minis, a minority. Rarely see anything but clearly defective animals.
7. The way the Saddle Seat show world has distorted and conflated lines of quite distinct and perfectly good breeds until they are practically indistinguishable and all of them pretty useless for anything but Park-style showing -- Arabians, Saddlebreds, Morgans, American Show Horse.
8. Park style riding and driving, period. I have a visceral revulsion against it.
9. The culture of barrel racing, in which flailing your arms and legs like a crazy person, and astonishingly cruel bits, are perfectly normal. I'm not against barrel racing per se, just the acceptance of abusive riding.
10. Keeping horses in stalls with minimal or no turnout. I have a core belief that if you cannot keep an animal -- any animal at all -- in near-optimal conditions for that species, you just shouldn't. Walking down an aisle of a stable where all the horses live in near-darkness in boxes just big enough to turn around in for most of their days is so depressing to me.
I'm sure I have plenty of other gripes, but those are the ones that occur to me without any effort of thought. I am never going to mention them again. You are not going to find me offering my ridiculous unwanted opinions on any of these subjects on this forum. And that is my vow.
Moderators, if this is too inflammatory an OP, just delete it please. I just had to get it all off my chest once.
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