I’m sure many of you have already seen this photo floating around facebook, but do you know the story behind it?
This photo comes from a Hackney Stud in South Africa where their grasp of the concept of training has clearly been confused with that of torture.
Apparently the genius’s that thought this one up feel this “method” will help build those attractive neck muscles that we all love so much – you know, the ones that are typically the byproduct of proper training and self-carriage.
These people were investigated by the Highveld Horse Care Unit (HHCU) where the inspectors found out from employees that the horses stand tied up like this for two hours at a time, repeated throughout the day. Unfortunately the article posted on HHCU’s website was pretty scint on details so we have no idea if anything is going to happen to this Stud, or if the horses are going to be saved or what have you. There are a number of discussions taking place on different forums about this, however, so if you want to hear what others have to say, check out Horse Grooming Supplies Forum and/or Horse Forum. Or, if you feel so inclined, there’s an online petition to the South African government to stop this assholery.
Even body builders will tell you that you don’t hold a pose for two hours! Come on people! Anyone who’s ever been to a gym or done a workout in their lifetime knows that you do reps, not just grab and hold. The repetition is what contributes to building muscle. The kind of muscle that torturous methods such as this build are bracing and of no practical use. This is done for aesthetics, pure and simple. These horses are going to break down at a younger age than those with proper training and muscling. It’s a sad statement on the way the horse industry is, worldwide, that it’s more important to have a “pretty pony” than a working horse that will last you a long time. Do these people, the buyers of these abused horses, not consider the fact that they’ll get more bang for their buck from a horse that will perform for 10 years, as opposed to 2. And make no mistake, this is abuse.
This also raises another issue, are horses so disposable that people will buy them, use them for 2 years and then throw them away? Oh wait, we already know the answer to that one, don’t we? The racing and futurities industries are prime examples. You know, they say that different cultures have different values and it can be hard to understand their points of view, traditions, way of thinking, etc. And yet, apparently the devaluing of animal life is ubiquitous. Hooray, we all have something in common. Wanna hug it out?
For anyone daring to question the harshness of these abominable “methods”, just taking a look at the photo. You can practically see the veins pulsating from the horse’s shoulder. For anyone who’s ever watched an episode of House, Grey’s Anatomy, Doogie Houser – even Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman knew that this was indicative of an elevated heart rate. Since we know the horse didn’t just run a freaking marathon, I think we can safely conclude that the horse’s heart rate is elevated due to pain – possibly from the unforgiving twine forcing so much pressure on the poor horse’s jaw it looks like it might snap off at any second. Can you imagine how much damage that can, and likely is, doing to the horse’s musculoskeletal structure? For anyone who’s ever had a chiropractor (or any medical professional along those lines) out for their horse, you know that one of the first things they check is the temporomandibular joint. If there’s something out of alignment in this joint, it can cause pain issues exacerbated by flexion at the poll – hmmm and how exactly were these Hackney’s supposed to be traveling? Could it be: flexed at the poll?! How willing (able) do you think they’ll be to trot out in the proper headset, featuring those neck muscles those jackasses tortured them to get?
Anyone else recall one of the issues surrounding rollkur? The fact that the extreme over-bent position compromised the horse’s ability to inhale sufficient air? (Check out Sustainable Dressage’s article for more info on why/how this affects the horse’s ability to, umm, breathe.)
Once again, horse abuse proves to be completely senseless. Good job humanity, you really know how to make a girl proud to be a part of the species. Bra-fucking-vo.
“(Quarter Horse people) like big butts and I cannot lie” – teeheeee Thanks a lot, Sir Mix-a-lot! (watch the video and thank me later lol)
QH peeps, please explain it to me! Because I truly don’t understand why this is the current breed ideal! Functionally speaking these horses are practically useless!
Functionally speaking, this horse is useless. Seriously, she’s 10 and is “broke, but really broodmare sound-gets a litte stiff”. Excuse me while I go get something else that’s a little stiff – I mean a drink! Jeez! Get your minds out of the gutter
“I can’t tell if it’s the hugeness of her body that makes her look like she’s standing on tooth picks or not, but either way, it looks like two (possibly three) different horses all on one massive body. On top of all that, she is of course experiencing what the owner refers to as “stiffness” so she’s not ridable. Oh and guess what? She’s only ten. But of course, she’s a superior halter horse so you could breed her and they are selling her for the low, low price of 1200. Yes, you too could have yourself a cow on toothpicks and then have more tiny cows on toothpicks. What a deal!!”
That’s from Emily, who emailed us about this ad from Dreamhorse. Maybe it’s just Emily and I, but this horse sure ain’t our dream!
You know what IS my dream? TRUTH IN ADVERTISING! Hmm let’s see what a google search for “”Vanilla Money” horse” returned, shall we?
Apparently ‘Vanna’ was for sale back in 2007 for $6000! Back then, not only was she worth more but she was apparently born in 2004! See ad here. Apparently her birth date has since changed – although not for the better. Psst! Note to seller! If you’re going to lie about your horse’s age, make it younger than it is,not older!
The one thing Vanna has going for her? According to the seller she’s HYPP NN (given that he’s already lied about her age I’d get that double checked!) but she does have that oh so desirable HYPP NH look. *facepalm*
Updated this last part – I was wrong about the coloring. Had never heard of “medicine hat” before. Thanks to Whitney for her comment on color genetics
Slightly morbid topic, I know, but I was reading this article from The Horse about 40 Arabians that were recently put into the care of Arabian Rescue Mission (ARM) [warning: if you go to this site, their homepage has a graphic photo of a dead horse] after their owner died. Perhaps those crazy cat ladies who left $20k to Mr. Fluffybottom weren’t crazy after all!
According to the article, the owner went on the ultimate journey; the same one we’re all going to take sooner or later, in December 2011 and didn’t leave any provision in his will for the care of his horses.
The herd of Arabs has been looked after by a caretaker for 3 years as the, now deceased (in case that wasn’t previously made clear), owner returned home to India in 2008. Apparently, even though the owner of the horses was ill and on another continent, they didn’t feel the need to stop or even slow down the horse’s mass reproduction (those damn fornicators), seeing as the herd consists of foals and some of the mares may currently be pregnant.
I’m sorry if all this sounds callous, but something about this story just doesn’t sit right. Even if there wasn’t a specific provision in the guys will for the care of the horses, he was obviously funding this operation from overseas (or it was making money – which in this economy, and given the upcoming details, would be slightly shocking) so why then did his family decide to stop funding it upon his death? Logic would dictate that ownership of the horses would have transferred to someone and it would then be their responsibility to care for and rehome the horses, would it not? Sure, the article says they’ve been trying since December, but according to this other article, apparently the horses have “been dwindling in health since their owner became ill”. Methinks perhaps there be a few missing details to this saga. Yarrr.
Directly from the rescue’s website:
“Many have never been touched, are not halter broke and have injuries. Most are not registerable, as they have been living in groups including young males, and some may be in foal.”
And you say it was a breeding operation? Uh huh…
In another article the founder of the rescue is quoted as saying she hopes “nobody puts the owners or the guy who helped them down because they did the very best they could”. That could well be the case in the time since the owner died. However, this was not a responsible breeding operation, problems were certainly on the horizon, it was just a matter of time. The “best they could” should have included halter breaking and gelding, at the very least.
There are definitely a few holes in this story. But, then again, does it all matter? Dudes dead, horses are now being properly looked after and rehomed (although, honestly, good luck with that! Who wants an unhandled, unregisterable horse?). Case closed, let’s move on to the next asshat. There’s a long line, we don’t want to keep them waiting!
Ready? On three. 1…2…3…
BIG EYE ROLL
It’s Saturday night, I have a migrain that this is what I feel happened to Sunday’s post:
I’m not sure who the cat and who the dog is in this metaphor, nor do I care as long as someone else gets blamed!
(Y’all remember the movie, Hook? Ru-Fi-oooo)
So I thought I’d take this opportunity to share the videos I created for the ESMA awards! lol They’re very WTF because I made them less than 10 hours before they were due (8 of those hours were dedicated to sleep) even though I’d had 2 entire months to create them. Yup, procrastination at its best. So, out of desperation (and a bit of wine), creativity is born! Kinda.
and here’s the one I did for Fugly Blog
And the piece de resistance?
Brilliant right? I submitted them for the Academy Awards as well – as if they weren’t already aware of them. Fingers crossed Snarky Rider wins Best Blog! Failing that, I’ll settle for an Oscar.