Category Archives: Thinking Out Loud

General musings on the horse and the industry

Playing God

Not long ago I had lunch with a friend and colleague.  He is someone who has never had animals in his life, save for a brief stint with a dog who ended up being passed on to another family member.  … Continue reading

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Romanticized cruelty

A recent posting of a photo similar to the one at right raised the usual reactions of disgust, with one person asking simply, “How is this allowed to continue?”  Of course the usual theories of money and corruption were raised.  … Continue reading

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Artists and Architects

When I was in college, I enrolled in an Architecture studio class.  I’d fallen in love with the buildings and structures we’d studied in my many Art History classes, and I thought that perhaps architecture would be for me.  I … Continue reading

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Embracing challenges

What is your tolerance for challenge?  I’m not talking about that oxer you haven’t tried, or that test you haven’t ridden.  I’m talking about challenges to your ideas, decisions, or pre-conceived notions.  I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately; … Continue reading

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Liar, liar, fur on fire!

From the beginning of my life with animals I have seen parallels between their behavior and that of the people around me.  I have seen them form friendships, show empathy, and grieve lost loved ones.  I have also long been … Continue reading

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Horseworld beware!

I am not an alarmist, though some might think so after reading this post.  Those who know me personally will vouch for the fact that I rarely raise the alarm.  But I am seeing a trend that alarms me.  It … Continue reading

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Talk to the animals?

One of my earliest memories of going to the movies was waiting in line to see Dr. Dolittle (1967).  I remember feeling excited to see the film, clutching a little Dr. Dolittle wallet to put my ticket stub in.  Even … Continue reading

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