Striving for the Ethical Treatment of Horses


I really appreciate all the emails and comments I received from last week’s blog.  There is a lot for me to go through, research, and write about.  You gave me a ton of homework and I really appreciate your ideas.

Keep ‘em coming!

So before I start all that I wanted to talk about your personal relationship with your horse.  My training is relationship-based training done primarily at liberty, which puts you and your horse’s friendship as the top priority.

Why is this important?

It all stems back to the ethical treatment of horses.  Thankfully it is also a main thread of all the ideas I received from last week’s blog.

Striving for the ethical treatment of horses worldwide…

That’s a commendable goal!

Promoting the ethical treatment of horses is important for their well-being and ensuring a respectful relationship between humans and these magnificent animals.

Here are some steps you can take to contribute to the ethical treatment of horses worldwide:

1. Education and Awareness: Spread awareness about the proper care and treatment of horses. Educate horse owners, trainers, and riders about responsible horse management practices, including nutrition, healthcare, and appropriate training methods. These are all topics I try to address in my weekly blogs.

2. Support Legislation and Regulations: Advocate for the implementation and enforcement of animal welfare laws specific to horses in your region. Support organizations and initiatives that work towards improving the legal protection of horses.  Always know who to call if you see someone abusing a horse and what to do.

3. Promote Humane Training and Riding Practices: Encourage the use of humane training techniques that prioritize positive reinforcement and respect for the horse’s physical and mental well-being. Discourage practices that involve excessive force, coercion, or cruelty.  Help pass the word when you find a trainer or training method that works for you and your horse and makes you feel good.

4. Support Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation: Assist or donate to organizations that rescue and rehabilitate neglected, abused, or abandoned horses. These organizations provide necessary care, medical treatment, and shelter for horses in need.  Many of my self-study courses are developed specifically for rescue horses to help them learn to trust humans again.

5. Encourage Responsible Horse Ownership: Educate potential horse owners about the responsibilities involved in caring for a horse. Encourage them to consider factors such as adequate housing, nutrition, exercise, and the financial commitment required before acquiring a horse.  All great ideas for future blogs and some of the topics I have already discussed.  If you are looking for something particular you can search my website for subjects.

6. Volunteer and Donate: Offer your time, skills, or resources to equine welfare organizations, sanctuaries, or rescue centers. Volunteer at local horse shelters, help with feeding and grooming or contribute through fundraising efforts or donations.  This is a great way to help those horses learn to trust humans again and feel loved and appreciated.

7. Support Ethical Equine Businesses: Patronize businesses that prioritize ethical treatment and welfare standards for horses. This includes equine-related industries such as training facilities, riding schools, equipment manufacturers, and feed suppliers. Do your research well and help promote those you trust.

8. Promote Sustainable Equestrian Tourism: If you are involved in the equestrian tourism industry, promote responsible and sustainable practices. Ensure that horseback riding tours and activities prioritize the welfare of the horses involved, including appropriate training, rest periods, and suitable working conditions.

9. Foster Collaboration and Networking: Connect with like-minded individuals, organizations, and communities that are dedicated to horse welfare. Share knowledge, exchange experiences, and collaborate on initiatives to improve the treatment of horses worldwide.

Remember, creating positive change takes time and effort. By actively advocating for the ethical treatment of horses, you can make a meaningful impact and contribute to a better future for these magnificent creatures.

“Love your horse and put him/her as a top priority and your horse will do the same for you.”

Until next week, Happy Horses!

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