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.
It’s great that you care about animals! When there is a respectful, loving bond between horse and human, riding a horse can be an act of companionship and exercise on par with walking one’s companion dog. However, just as we oppose the use of choke and shock collars on dogs, we also oppose the use of whips, spurs, electric prods, and other devices that cause discomfort and pain to horses.