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Horseback Riding and Animal Rights:
Can They Ever Be in Harmony?
Comments by: Frank L. Hoffman 27 Dec 2002

Dear Erica:

Thank you very much for your comments and personal history. We posted it in the discussion section.

The discussion section is not meant to be a "technical" journal, but a place where people can post their experiences (as you did), thoughts, and feelings on various subjects.

Zuzu's behavior is quite typical of someone who has had an emotional upset. You and Zuzu must have been very close, emotionally. Your accident and absence was very stressful, and Zuzu's behavior upon your return was a way of saying how upset he was by your absence (he had no way of understanding the circumstances). Part of his status with the other horses was in part based upon his self esteem. You absence brought about a state of mourning, and self esteem no longer mattered. Your return and eventual riding again, brought back that self esteem.

What other animals do you care for at your shelter?

We look forward to hearing from you again.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank

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