I apologize, but I’m about to rant. It won’t be long. I simply need to express my pain and send the feeling out into the world far away from me.
I haven’t been this angry in quite some time. Lexi is a lovely, intelligent, beautiful mare who was beaten up by a supposed horse person today (while the mare was not on my property.) The man (not my boarder) broke the mare’s tooth, exposing the root. I’m not generally into violence, but the way I feel about this man, this bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog–there are no words.
If someone, horse person or not, tells you that beating a horse with a whip is ok–it is not. If you see a white ring around your horse’s eye, the horse is terrified. It is not ok to continue doing what you’re doing. It’s time to step back and let someone else take the reins for a while. Dismount. Put the horse in a stall. Let someone else lead.
But don’t continue doing what you’re doing. Don’t scare your horse into submission. It may work in the short term, but never for long periods of time.
And as I shared with Lexi’s owner, it’s a short step from beating a horse to beating another human being. No creature should have to endure what Lexi endured today. She had a horrifying experience that will stay with her forever. There’s no excuse for this behavior. None.
I’ll step down from my soapbox. For now. I simply hope I can get rid of the mental image of Lexi, the majestic, sweet-tempered beautiful girl, being brutally attacked by a human. I don’t know if I’ll sleep tonight.