April 19

Horses

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I went horseback riding with friends of mine for the first time in a long time. It made me think about animals and how strange it is that we domesticate them. It makes sense, and at the same time makes me wonder if this is a good thing for the animal in the end? I know that certain species of baboon steal wild pups from their mothers and raise them as their own, or “domesticate” in a very broad sense of the word. So then it’s not isolated to our species, but it still seems slightly strange. I think I lack the words to properly articulate what I’m feeling. As a pet owner and clearly someone who has ridden horses (as recently as yesterday), it’s not like I’m against it. There’s just something… Anyone care to help me out?

Many thanks to my friends for taking us out yesterday morning for this special treat!

Many thanks to my friends for taking us out yesterday morning for this special treat!

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4 Responses to “Horses”

  1. Bob Schrichte on April 20th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? Or gazed upon a Giant Sequoia? The domestication of animals has similarly taken place over uncountable years. Even if we knew the number it would be difficult to get our minds around it. So, short of asking the horse, your contemplation of the mystery will most likely remain purely philosophical.

    Have you ever wondered why a plant grows toward the light? The answer might surprise you.

  2. admin on April 22nd, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I think there must be a way to talk about this, moreso than philosophically. What is my relationship to this animal, and how do I know that what I’m doing is ok? It’s got a lot to do with personal values, and I’m not really sure how to talk about it in a way that properly voices my feelings… I think the domestication of animals themselves is an interesting debate, but what of animals we put to work? This is a “master-slave” relationship in a way, and it does subordinate another being, so what does that say of me? Is this a bad thing, or not? I guess it all depends on perspective, and I was really looking for some different perspectives to help me bring into words what is in my head.

  3. detwiler on November 18th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Look into natural horsemanship…this is a way of relating to the animal and being in a cooperative activity…the horse wants to please and or participate but we have to learn how to ask them or show them and then be sensitive to thier needs as opposed to “being the boss” and muscleing them into submission. Even wild animals are curious about humans. Its about how we relate to them as opposed to domesticating them for our own convience.

  4. admin on November 23rd, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for that reply! That was lovely!

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