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A real solution

Yesterday, the New York Times published an article about drugging show horses. Can you see the symptoms of a social disease?  Punishment and finger pointing is so last century. What is a peaceful non-violent solution that addresses the cause rather than the symptom? Are you looking for a cure?
 
Take some time to read the article and watch the video and then join us back here to explore some deeper questions.
 

 

The concluding sentence of the article is:

“Why don’t we take a little more time and train these horses properly and educate their clients and give them better horsemen skills, other than to bring out a needle and a syringe every time we have a horse show.”

Another way it could be said is, “Let’s spend more time and money perfecting our riding techniques and paying our trainers instead of paying for drugs to make a more compliant horse.”

More questions to ponder:

Will this solution change anything? What is the root of what this rider is looking for (e.g. approval, acceptance, a chance to demonstrate physical talent as part of a horse human team)? Is she looking to show how well she takes care of her horse?

Do you think there might be a way this person can find these things in ways that don’t compromise the well being of horses, whether it’s from drugs or the everyday stresses of riding like sore backs and mouths that training for competition often induces? When will the most important thing be the horse having a happy, healthy life? What does this look like?  Who is the winner when the horse hurts?  Who is the winner when the horse is happy?  Can you imagine how many more horses we’ll have to breed to get ones that can withstand the physical and mental stresses of riding and training at these top levels without drugs? Is it even possible?  Also, if drugs are an unacceptable answer, there will be many horses needing to be “turned out to pasture” in one way or another. Do we have money and time to take care of them, to thank them for the services they provided before they were injured?

How about this for a concluding sentence, “Why don’t we take a little more time and figure out what really makes us feel good as humans, and show people what a true winner looks like.”

What are the solutions you see?

2 Responses to A real solution

  • lynda watson says:

    I would hesitate with that proposed last sentence as it states ‘winner’ and that then denotes a loser…still putting one above another.
    ‘Why don’t we take a bit of time to go back to the true reason we were drawn to horses? i.e. connection, relationship. Then have the courage to explore that path instead of following the path that society is telling us to follow, of being better than another.”
    I know in my many years of working in the industry and asking people what drew them to horses it was never winning a ribbon, or being better than another…the original reason is connection, relationship, love….the competitive is a vortex that people get sucked into when they enter the barn/stable, etc. Let’s bring people full circle.

  • Charlotte says:

    As a society we praise the strong who can manage a horse and put it in its place, and disgrace the weak who show fear and vulnerability and choose heart over head.
    it is so upside down. why do we venerate these people and wish to train with them? it doesn’t make sense does it?

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