Ethics

These are ethical discussions about the horse world and choices we can make

Enrichment

Enrichment is one of the biggest tools we have in our toolbox! Often under-represented, under-appreciated, and under-utilized. But it can cure a number of behavioral problems, inspire movement, creativity, thoughtful learning experiences, as well as bring actual fun and contentment to our horses. Remember good animal welfare is not just a lack of bad things in the animals life, but also the addition of things that make them happy and fulfill their physical and emotional desires. Continue reading →

Posted by Jessica in Care and Management, Ethics

“Unridable”

‘Unridable’ – this is a word that has doomed so very many horses. This is an issue that has been dear to my heart since I was a child volunteering at a local rescue. While I took riding lessons and of course loved to ride, my favorite place to go was always the rescue. I got so much more out of my time with the horses there. I got to learn about them, their nutrition, health care, daily needs, social interactions and relationships, I learned to read them. I became what we call at the farm a ‘horse observer’, those horses taught me so much. Continue reading →

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Bits

Bits
I was watching a discussion on another group – a cute video of a girl riding a cow (I have a lot to say about that video but not for this discussion). Everyone was talking about how back in the day, when horses were only for the rich people rode all sorts of other animals, cows, llamas, camels and so on. But they were discussing how they never used bits with those animals, so how and why did we develop this tool for horses? Continue reading →

Posted by Jessica in Clicker Training, Ethics

The 5 Freedoms

The 5 freedoms:
1) Freedom from hunger and thirst
2) Freedom from discomfort
3) Freedom from pain, injury or disease
4) Freedom from fear or distress
5) Freedom to express normal behavior Continue reading →

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How to Help Horses

Understanding the Problem:
Unfortunately in many countries, horses have become a disposable commodity. They are trapped somewhere between pet, livestock, and sports equipment – which makes determining a standard of welfare needs difficult. Like any object, horses are subject to monetary value, their value is determines not only by their ability to be used and be fashionable, but also, like anything else, how common they are. Unfortunately for wonderful horses, there are a lot of them. Because there are so many, their value as a whole has reduced. This reduction in value has turned even some fabulous horses into something as disposable as the last generation of cellphones. But horses aren’t cell phones or toys – horses are sentient, they have emotions, and they are capable of suffering.

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Posted by Jessica in Care and Management, Ethics