Fear is the parent of cruelty.
James Anthony Froude
It seems that wherever “training” is involved, in any area of human life, cruelty is present. Bullying and pushing to the limits are seen as often, if not more frequently as the non-violent methods. We patent cruelty by giving it complicated names, shiny packaging and “educational” manuals.
Cruelty is made of soft leather, sweet iron, sheepskin, gel padding. It comes with no pre-warnings, no labels saying “Unsuitable for insecure, fear driven individuals” or “Prior animal mental & physical health knowledge required”. It dresses up in glorious style of Tradition, shoes by designer label of Been Done For Donkeys’ Years.
I am so sickened by so many instances of cruelty in horse training, keeping, managing. Why oh why should this be part of human nature…I don’t want to turn this blog into name & shame of cruelty cases but I do believe in collective responsibility. Please read the article behind the photo above. And please share it.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Horse dies after controvercial training method (fox5sandiego.com)