HORSES DO NOT FART BUTTERFLIES, THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO FEEL AS HUMANS DO AND THEY DON’T BREATHE FAIRY DUST OR THINK THAT HUG AND KISS YOU GAVE THEM MEANS YOU LOVE THEM!!!!!!
Ok now that I have that out, what is my point..My point is that there are many that forget what horses actually are, they are animals! While it is wonderful to have them domesticated and we can have them as close friends and soul mates, and we can work towards being as one with them as possible, we should never loose sight of exactly what they are, they are horses.
Horses can do amazing things for us humans, but they can also do amazing things TO US HUMANS.
There are stories through out time right to modern times, of horses attacking, there are attacks that are arranged, there are attacks that happen for reasons known to the humans, but there are also many many attacks to the human, that are not called for at any point in time and are not known about to anyone but the horse.
Many attacks and or accidents, ARE just sheer human complacency, in basic terms we get way to comfortable and we stop watching what we are doing and forget that we are working with a living being that is a horse not a human. While this is human nature and will probably be so for an eternity, there will be people who have had this sort of attack happen that will need to feel heard from the roof tops, that this is always a possibility.
Horses are evolved creatures, that can technically be omnivores and this, many a time, is by choice. There are many around the world that kill and maim and even eat other animals moving through their paddock, sheep, cattle, goats, chickens, rabbits and more have been documented. How does anyone think they managed to get horses to the north pole and back? can you imagine the amount of feed they would have needed to carry? Well they didn’t carry much normal feed at all.. those horses ATE FISH! They ate fish and not only survived but thrived! What does that tell us?
A vital read and reference Deadly Equines: The Shocking True Story of Meat Eating and Murderous Horses by Cuchullaine O’Reilly FRGS
The author of this book, is a widely ridden man, he is part of a group called the long riders guild, they have to have the most trust, faith and true horse knowledge known to man to travel as far as they do successfully.
From foal to horse, what you do or sometimes don’t do, CAN sometimes become the above result. From letting the foal nuzzle your face, letting it push you, letting it rear up on you, to letting the full grown horse do the same.. Then there is the other side of the coin, forcing without giving in return, abusing them, over sensitizing, pushing till they have a mindless snap..
A perfect example of complacency..(quote below) this foal has not stopped what it is doing because because you have cuddled it, it has stopped because you have given it boundaries and limitations BUT! yes another but.. what this foal has shown this person will always be there, in its mind, dna and life.. it might never turn up again, but it also might happen again and if and when it does I hope to hell no one gets killed…
if cuddling is bad for foals then something must be wrong with mine, when i got her she hated people, was really aggressive and dangerous all i did with her was show her love and affection, that means millions of cuddles! She is a completely different foal now and loves her cuddles nothing anyone says will stop me cuddling my baby (: and i will continue to do so till the day she dies (very very far in the future) (:
A high percentage might never do this, but there is also a good percentage that do, do this. While you can and do choose to put yourself at risk of your own complacency, there is a snowball effect that needs to be thought about as well.. You are never the sole provider and carer for these wonderful creatures.. Husbands, Agistment owners, stable-hands, friends, farriers, vets and even children are within reach and handle them. Are you truly willing to allow the complacency to run over this way? Complacency similarly to backing out of a driveway is what this is.. know where the kids are, know that you have done everything possible. If it is then an unavoidable accident you might then be able to live with your choices. That is what it all comes back to, having a full and truthful knowledge of horses and understanding their species in their entirety.
But! What but I hear you saying.. there is a massive one… the GENETIC.. its not always obvious, people are not always honest enough to tell you that their particular stallion throws horses that can hurt you in this way. Many find out much to late. In my 35 years of horses, I have met many that have done what I have just mentioned, and exactly one that did what we all should do when we come across a genetic failure such as this.
A few stories…
the one person that put a stallion and his first 10 babies down. why? you say… because every single one of those babies were from completely different mare lines, the only common denominator was the stallion and every single one of those babies, would throw a tantrum and throw themselves on the ground, as a responsible breeder and human being she put them down.
Stallion well known and extremely well utilized till he died of old age.. majority of his babies would find something they did not like and go mindlessly ballistic with no caution to themselves or the humans around them.. one baby was a mere one day old and it attacked its owner. And no it was not youthful exuberance it was a full blown attack. To a particular gelding that had a penchant for anything blonde and would attack them, he never in his entire life had any reason for any of it.
Filly purchased at 6 months of age, by 9 months of age, was put to sleep.. it was incapable of standing human touch or presence. You could stand in the stall in a completely submissive pose only to have this filly climbing the walls literally.
What do I expect from this blog post, not much really, I got to say what I think, feel and know that I for one will never ever be complacent (did that once, got picked up by a horse and tossed like a rag doll).. Do I expect this to help or change anyone, NOPE… By human nature we are complacent, stupid creatures that take unnecessary risks every single day, when we do tho, it has to be our singular choice, if another gets hurt because of a choice you made, then that is when you come unstuck. Choice, Choice, Choice! Every individual has a choice, be it how they respond to one another, how they communicate, decisions they make that effect themselves and those around them and the snowball of results from those choices.
Its a bit like the man who killed that beautiful lady over east, it didn’t just effect her and him, it effected both their families, friends and the community itself. The baby that was killed by the stallion, he was from a very long line of horsemen, the families and the horse community that he was directly involved with will never every be the same again.
The people I know with shoulder muscle missing, fingers, thighs, ears, face, throat and those that had to not only see, but assist with these things, will never be the same again.
Make your choices as you see fit, learn from them and live with them. Some might listen, many will not, but the choice and path of not listening is theirs to take.