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    Over a year ago

    I was wondering if riding horses is cruel. I know horse-pulled carriages are horrible, but what if you have a companion animal horse and you take great care go him/her? Is it bad to take them out for trail rides every so often so they get exercise? Thanks.

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    Over a year ago

    @Nicole

    Your entire argument is based on “Because I said so” without providing any evidence, logic or reason to it. Your the kind of person that makes us Vegans seem crazy and ‘unintelligent’ by many people’s standards. Please use logic and reason in what you believe, and actually research what you are against rather than assume or blindly believe.

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    Over a year ago

    i think its ok as long as the horses are taken care of right treated as a pet not an object

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    Over a year ago

    @Emily

    THANK YOU. We are not denying that horses feel pain, have feelings, etc. I love my horse more than my own family. He is my best friend and he loves me as well. He follows me in the pasture, nickers to me, etc. What we are saying is, if we were to press a piece of leather onto your shoulder, would it hurt? NO. It would not hurt a horse either. Yes, you CAN hurt a horse with a whip, and SOME people do. Just as yes, you CAN hurt someone with a pencil, but you use it for writing instead. Things can be used in more ways than one. Its not just black and white. I do know a horse who is terrified of whips because her past owner beat her with it. People have been working with her and she now knows not to fear it and is learning to trust again. The whip itself is not cruel, it is the hands behind it.

    On the other hand, yes, some people do hit horses with the whip and these are the people we should be worried about.

    I would also like to say that these things shouldn’t be our priorities anyways. We need to be working to stop the roundups of wild horses, whose existences are dwindling, and we need to be stopping the slaughter of horses.

    Anyways, like I said, horses are no more prone to pain than you are. The bits I am against, since they can be potentially dangerous and are often misused, not to mention that the horse just plain doesn’t like it no matter how it is used. However I am not focusing on eliminating bits, I am focusing on first stopping horses from getting KILLED.

    Lets keep in mind that it is better for people to be keeping horses and showing them, breeding them etc. than sending them to slaughter because they can no longer use them for what they want. BUT THE WHIP IS NOT CRUEL UNLESS YOU HIT A HORSE WITH IT.

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    Over a year ago

    I’m sure we can all say the same about you like talking to a brick wall. Anyway doesn’t matter how many video’s you show you are being defensive and just want your point proven right I get that & I also don’t really care. I just decided to intervene on this subject think what you may.

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    Over a year ago

    @NicoleLynne

    We are not getting defensive we are getting impatient. Talking to you is like talking to a brick wall. Your saying that we do something that we have never done and never will.

    Here’s a video that gives an example of how we use whips to train horses:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFyVvCIMh1I

    As you can tell, all the trainer is doing is tapping the whip on the horses leg. It tickles so the horse lifts is up. This is how we use the whip…

    A whip is not used to ‘abuse’ horses or hit them. If you know anything about horses you’d know that they respond to slight touches. This is why Dressage is so marvelous. A rider can communicate with her horse by touching the horse very lightly with her feet. To the naked eye the rider didn’t ‘touch’ the horse at all, because it was THAT light….

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