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Horseback Riding and Animal Rights:
Can They Ever Be in Harmony?
Comments by: Erin Oldford - 25 Feb 2002
Hi Saba and everyone,
Boy, I find it very hard to equate riding a horse with butchering it for its body parts. I also find it difficult to think of my relationship with my horses as evil, enslavement, violent, manipulative and exploitative.
I've been around horses for a long time. I feed them, I provide shelter for them, I groom them and most importantly, I LOVE them. I know where they love to be scratched, I know what their favorite treat is, I know what scares them and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt when they are happy and when they are down. My animals are my buddies. When I was a little girl I used to take my books out to the barn and sit in the stall with my horse and read for hours.
I do agree that millions of horses are mistreated, enslaved, neglected and abused annually. It breaks my heart. But your post made me think about MY relationship with MY horses. I have been closer to horses than people over the years!! I love them and would never dream of hurting them in any way.
I'm not too sure about the biblical basis you cited for riding horses being a sin. I believe I am being a steward of these animals God has given me. I take good care of them.
I've got to get dinner going so I need to cut this short, I must say, though that I disagree with a lot of the opinions you shared in your post.
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