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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.

In Christ,
Erin

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