You are a breeder? Do you keep all of them? Do you sell them? Do they possibly go to the very people you are berating- the SUV driving, city dwelling, groomed horse, bad riding, trainer beating people? Do you ensure that you are not contributing to the problem by providing more of these animals and profiting from the sale of them to these lesson taking, carrot feeding shoppers? Or do you place each animal in a situation that provides properly (according to you) for them until the day they die?
Originally posted by big dawg:
And I am against animal abuse...I am a breeder and own horses that I am very partial to on lots of levels...I care about my animals, and wish others would feel the same way--but they don't and that probably includes half the USEF membership--the city dwellers who just come out in their expensive SUV, get on the horse that the groom has all prepared and that the trainer beat the prior two days because it wouldn't go for the lady because she is such a bad rider--then she takes her lesson, hops off, hands it back to the groom, maybe feeds it a couple of carrots, then off to shopping with her friend.
Oh if only they were ashamed, if only they had the moral convictions to admit with sincerety the complete betrayal of the animals and people they were charged with looking after. Absolutely, if any of them truly had some genuine remorse, not for getting caught - but for the actual act itself and had repented in some way then maybe they could serve some greater good. However, with PV he has done exactly what he needed to do to comply with the letter of the ruling, but not its intent, he has made a show of his self serving generosity. He has shown people what he thinks they need and want to see, this is what a con man does, this is why he got into the trouble that he did. Make no mistake he did not freefall into this horse killing, he was waltzing down a trecherous slope that led him there. There were many, many misdeeds along the way, lies told, tracks to be covered, unholy alliances made, deals with the devil all so he could get what HE wanted at the expense of anyone and anything. He had no line that he didn't cross. How can you state that they will no doubt never do it again? Are you willing to risk it? Is it that the circumstances will never be repeated? What does someone have to do for them to be considered not worthy of trust? How many times does someone get to lie, steal, cheat, defraud, maim and kill something in the name of greed and ego? I am not saying he should be drawn and quartered- he makes a good living now- fine. Let him do so, let those that see no problem with him continue to support him. But please as my association and governing body, if you say that your mission is the welfare of the horses etc then mean it. His inclusion back into USEF means what to him really? That he can put down the binoculars and 2 way radio? Big deal- However there are many people who have followed the rules in spirit and to the letter that managed to refrain from doing these kinds of things- somewhere they should be commended for that and they should expect that their association who set those rules will uphold them not make a mockery of them. I should think that those '2 dozen or so' people who were guilty, should not swing the balance of the much larger numbers of their peers who have not committed these acts.
Don't get me started on this H/J industry. I am a jumper rider for over 25 years. I know how it is. And I don't mean to condemn all the owners and riders, as there are many just like me who are always trying to do the right thing. But we have far more problems in this industry than these 2 doaen or so people, who no doubt will never do anything like this again, and who could serve as a voice in this industry as they have done something they are ashamed of and perhaps if around to tell others just may keep someone else from doing something similar.