June 26, 2007

The Obidient Equus Caballus - #298


Part 2 of the 2 part series.

I have to make this very clear - the stick was only ever tapped and I am sure that it was never used in any aggressive way. Truly - I wouldn't feature a pic if I had any doubt of this fact.

10 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

I have seen horses being trained. The "stick" was used in the training process. It is always used. What do you think makes the horse get in this unnatural position. Not sweet talk. It is the stick it was beaten with in training.

I have seen far to much cruelty in my almost 73 years of life to not recognize it when I see it. The same kinds of cruelty takes place everywhere animals perform and zoos are the worst place for it. Sometimes the elephants go crazy and kill their handlers for this very reason.

You can post whatever you wish. It is just animal cruetly to me

FĂ©nix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Remarkable photography, DXBluey.

iBlowfish said...

I really like the picture, you captured it!

DXBluey said...

Hi Abraham,

I stand by my comment - from what I witnessed over 20 minutes I did not feel that an animal had been harmed. Need all trained animals be abused in order to be trained? I don't think that that statement is true...

I fully respect your opinion of course. There could also be a case for a photographer records what he sees without judgement?

Anyway - I always appreciate your comments and value your opinion.

Bluey

Abraham Lincoln said...

Sorry that you do not think that animals are trained in the way I suggested.

There are links about it. I found dozens just a few minutes ago. Tenneessee Walking Horses "soring" is a prime example. You only see the performance and not the agony the animals endure to survive.

Animals are not trained in public or so that public can see. If that were the case they would be turned into humane societies and the animals would be removed from their care.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I mean no disrespect and I do not question your intentions.

You did say, however,

"I have to make this very clear - the stick was only ever tapped and I am sure that it was never used in any aggressive way. Truly - I wouldn't feature a pic if I had any doubt of this fact."

And I take issue with that and pointed out that animals are trained in ways that are often cruel.

I am sure you never saw the animal you photographed being harmed.

The point I was making is that is not a natural position for the animal and you do not know what it had to endure to learn to do that for anybody who has a stick in their hand.

Going to shows or exhibits of these acts often keeps the animal cruelty going on for ages since people pay to see the result.

Yes, of course, you can take photographs of anything and not judge what you see. I do that myself almost daily.

The only difference is the claim you made about the stick.

Crankyputz said...

This is the most beautiful photograph yet.

Someone in Al Ain said...

....no comment

Anonymous said...

cruelty!! horses don't get in this position unless they are being abused!

Palm Axis said...

Isn't this the same land that only recently outlawed the use of purchased children for camel racing? Some owners of enslaved children have been reported to have gone as far as to starve them to ensure their growth was stunted (Amnesty International). If they could do that to a child... I'm with AL on this one. I owned a horse for ten years. To have gotten her to do this, I'd have had to drug her or break her legs.