For the love of horses
A facebook post by the wonderful Redwings Horse Sanctuary in my newsfeed today instantly grabbed my attention. It was commenting on an excellent blog by Fran Jurga for Equus Magazine: Does your Horse Need a Roomate?
Now I’m certainly no expert when it comes to these things but it did make me reflect on the horses and ponies I have known, the countless conversations I have had with them (yes I talk to horses – what’s your problem with that?) and the photos of them I have taken. And in doing so, it made me smile, for I do know a few things for sure:
So do all animals we call “ours”. Indeed, so do all animals generally.
So is your horse in need of a little social home makeover?
Should you, as Fran Jurga asks, rip the stall walls out of your barn? Read the article, reflect and come to your own conclusion.
I’d imagine that, very much like us humans, there are some horses which prefer the blissful solitude of their own company sometimes and those who prefer the company of others 24/7.
Seeing when a creature is in distress, unhappy, hungry, or lonely is not rocket science though.
Look at them. See and hear what they try to tell you.
Feel their joy. Feel their pain. Then Act.
Do whatever you can to improve their daily lives and do everything in your power to repay them for the joy they give you by their very existence in yours. As Redwing’s Chief Executive Lynn Cutress says: “Even a small change can make a big difference to your horse’s mental health and wellbeing.”
And if you can no longer afford the time or the money to care for them please do not just leave them to suffer or worse – there have been so many heartbreaking stories in recent times of fly-grazing, or horses left to die and rot in the most hideous manner. There is no excuse for this at all and it's good to finally see some legislative progress on this front.
There is no shame in finding yourself suddenly unable to care for your horse. The shame can only come in not finding them a new home instead.
If you can’t do that, then please, please, please get in touch with the wonderful folk at Redwings or any other animal rescue organisation.
It’s the very least your horse or pony deserves afterall.
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