I just finished flipping through a local horse industry magazine and found that with every turn of the page my blood pressure rose a notch or two. I love horses but am so honest-to-god sick of the whole dang industry and the people behind it- the bogus products, my-way-is-the-only-way horse trainers, backyard breeders, nasty-ass stallions, bleeding hearts and hard cases. Is there animal cruelty in rodeo? Abso-freakin-lutely!! Is the use of whips, bits, and spurs abuse? Sometimes... mostly yes. Horse slaughter, FUGLY horses, back yard breeding, abuse in reining, horse racing, chuck wagon racing, eventing.... illegal bits, abusive training practises, rollkur, weighted shoeing, twitched tails. The ugliness of it all is universal.
Feed Alfalfa, dont feed alfalfa. Leave your halter on in the field, leave it off. Breed your nag, dont breed it. Barefoot or shod. Bits or brideless. Treeless or treed. Natural horsemanship or the Cowboy Way. Rescue or slaughter. I dont care. Or rather I do but I'm tired of the discussion going round with no end. WE ALL SUCK... or that the vast majority of us do. The riding, exploitation and abuse of horses will continue to exist because you can not regulate people out of their greed, ignorance or self-justification.