Saturday, April 12, 2014
Which Side Are You On?
The established horse world is,at its center, a commercial enterprise. It has no purpose but the accumulation of wealth. All forms of equine competition tie into that desire for cash.
At the root of the moral squalor that is the established horse world is the idea that a horse's sales price is the equivalent of its value. There exist the idea that some horses lives are more valuable than others solely based on the amount of income the more "valuable" horse can produce.
I saw that some one had written that they support horse slaughter because they value the horse industry. In such a case industry is valued more than the horse.
The established horse world relates to true horsemanship the same way prostitution relates to marriage. In each case one is a degrading commercial venture and the other is an institution based on love.
This colt lays down with Daddy on a pretty much daily basis. How much is that worth?
I do not want there to be any equivocation on this issue. I do not support horse slaughter and I do not support the horse industry.
I would be so very ashamed of myself if I were raising and training horses that working people could not afford. If I knew that I was raising and discarding six horses for every one that made me so much money I would not be able to walk around in public.
The gift of being in a position to connect people with horses is all the reward one needs for the endeavor.
Posted by Steve Edwards