No Place for Horses Anymore

I had a realization this week that horses have reached a critical place in their relationship with humans, at least here in the United States. They have arrived at a place where, no matter what their circumstances, there are animal “activists” who will be outraged about their conditions. As each activist group successfully moves horses out of one category and into another, another group waits in the wings prepared to voice outrage and insist they know better.

Horses no longer have a role in our country where they can be safe from the meddling outrage of their self-appointed advocates–because the advocates themselves have not–and will not–reach any sort of consensus (and isn’t it interesting that they consider it a forgone conclusion that they should have the right to make decisions on the lives of other people and their animals?). Consensus, after all, is not a goal of the animal rights movement as it currently exists. They maintain themselves through divisiveness. And they’re quite good at that.

Of course horses aren’t alone in having attained this regrettable position. Many “exotic” animals actually arrived at this joyless station first. And other farm animals surely won’t be far behind.

I tried to put together a simple flow chart this week to illustrate how animal rights activists would move horses into a “safe” role. I soon realized that the chart couldn’t be lateral, it would have to be circular–a never-ending cycle of moving them from one role to another, probably endlessly.

I’m going to miss horses.

(Click image to enlarge)

Horse cycle


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn Gearhart
    Mar 28, 2015 @ 16:09:39

    This exact statement “interesting that they consider it a forgone conclusion that they should have the right to make decisions on the lives of other people and their animals?” is what I find so offensive about the animal activists!


    • Minis Mom
      Mar 29, 2016 @ 12:07:49

      Especially when so many of they are so ignorant about horses. How can you become an expert on a type of animal when you believe working with them is cruel? You can’t. You can only stand on the sidelines and shout ignorant assumptions.


  2. Davina Brooks
    Mar 29, 2015 @ 03:32:05

    What a spurious, bigoted load of absolute Tosh! It’s only because people fight for animal rights that we have any improvement at all. The whole issue of humans’ interaction with animals is a hugely intricate one, it’s typical of this sort of bigot that they should use blinkers and blame-pointing as an argument.


    • Sandy Wallis
      Apr 14, 2015 @ 11:34:23

      I have lived and worked in the world of horses my entire life and I find her blog spot on. There’s a big difference between abuse and practices that one disagrees with personally. I was amazed when I started following the NYC carriage horse controversy at the amount of misinformation and misunderstanding about the real life needs and care of horses. It’s hard enough to know what is best for each individual animal when you’ve spent a lifetime studying them. It’s nearly impossible if the horse (or other animal) is merely an idea instead of a living, breathing individual who’s needs, desires, and dislikes are nothing like a person’s. I believe strongly in animal welfare and have campaigned against the use of the Premarin mares, and against the misguided policies regarding our mustangs. However, I am strongly against the “animal rights” movement who thinks that any interaction between human and another species is abusive and wish to break all bonds with animals. Dogma and propaganda on any side of the issue is detrimental. Only through knowledge and open-mindedness can we truly make a difference.


  3. Jeanna
    Mar 29, 2015 @ 04:45:18

    Although I understand your point regarding the changing role of horses, I disagree that they have no place. On the contrary, I think horses and other animals are poised to become our teachers. They are helping humans better understand ourselves and how to exist on the planet with other beings in a more compassionate manner. It’s an evolution and will take time. I base this statement on the fact that there is more data than ever demonstrating that humans are shifting their perspective of how we perceive animals – as thinking, feeling beings. We are seeking to understand animal “languages” and partnering with them in to provide life skills and therapy.


  4. Aaron Buttigieg
    Mar 29, 2015 @ 06:35:46

    Instead of trying to fit horses – and really a lot of other animals – into the artificial world we’ve contrived, what if we recognized that humans don’t fit into it in a healthy fashion either? Perhaps moving with blind faith toward a centralized, globalized, industrialized world where we are all pacified cogs in a machine, specialists on a global production line with food farmed by heavily mechanized mega-conglomerates and processed to death, preprepared and prepackaged, doled out to us in our cubicles as per government suggested portion sizes……..
    Instead, why don’t we return to the holistic localized farming methods where horses helped us plow, plant and harvest? I’ve done it. It’s not a bad way to run a small family farm.


  5. Vanessa N Weber
    Mar 29, 2015 @ 10:13:32

    I love, love, love this! Can you do one for other animals? Zoo animals? Marine animals? Wild animals?


  6. Vanessa N Weber
    Mar 29, 2015 @ 10:22:03

    Davina – Animal Rights Activists have never been the only people fighting for the concerns of animals. They only claim to be the only ones so that they can falsely lord it over everyone else. The first ‘rescue’ groups were started by Breeders. Famers have never been purposely interesting in hurting their animals – an injured or sick animal cannot produce – so if you are a farmer you learn ways from other farmers to take care of your animals better! Vets pre-dated the ASPCA. The goal of vets is to care for animals. If you research trainers, you will soon discover that the entire training trend has moved away from forceful training towards reward based training. Do you know which group was the most successful at training people how to do that? Sea World. Look up ‘clicker training’ or get the book ‘Don’t Shoot The Dog!’ written by a former Sea World trainer.
    The idea that only people associated with one ideology are capable of making a difference is ‘cultic’. Do you really believe that only Animal Rights believers care about animals? If so, you might want to take a break, do some research and just calm down.


  7. Alex Frohm
    Mar 30, 2015 @ 06:09:29

    Do you advocate horse slaughter? Your acerbic mischaracterization of the homogenized entity “animal advocates” shows an ignorance and resentment that belies your professed appreciation of horses’ well-being.


    • Angeline
      Mar 30, 2015 @ 22:00:28

      Not sure what you’re getting at with this comment. Not only do I not advocate horse slaughter, but I refuse to blithely believe it’s not happening. Many of the feral horses rounded up from the “wild” end up being sent to Canada or Mexico for slaughter. This is one of the problems when people insist that freedom on the “open range” is the highest ideal for horses; they ignore the fact the such places are rapidly disappearing from America. Keeping horses in homes where they are loved and in working roles where they are valued is the best defense against keeping horses out of slaughterhouses–not continuing to insist that be moved out of these circumstances in others that better match someone’s imagination–rather than the uglier realities that are assuredly waiting.


  8. thebarnrules
    Mar 29, 2016 @ 12:30:55

    Reblogged this on thebarnrules.


  9. Starr
    Mar 31, 2016 @ 10:38:53

    To often these “do gooders” have no true horse experience, other than the riding lessons they took as a child where someone else did the work. They also tend to humanize animals, never a winning situation. In fact, I would say the tide is turning where more and more of the general public views such people as extremists and zealots.
    Many of these so called rescues are shams for sucking donation money out of people. They will go to auctions and only buy the most marketable horses and ponies. Especially pregnant ones they can milk out for pity for months of donations.
    Nonetheless, there is a different set of problems as well; limited areas to ride, limited financial means to own horses, and a general lack of interest. Talk to any real estate agent, our younger people do not want properties that require work to maintain.


  10. Thomas Kirby
    Apr 02, 2016 @ 09:23:05

    It’s already well past the point where the animals would be better off with no humane advocacy and the humane groups should be shut down under RICO.


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