As moves are made in Congress to modify and discuss the PAST Act (S. 1007), we’re here to bring you varying perspectives and updates. Today’s op-ed comes from Candace Wade, who feels strongly that the current compromise offers no protection for the horses. (more…)
“Rather than wearing umbrage like a shield, and retreating behind our screens and into the barn aisles, let’s try to do better. Let’s try to talk to each other, to listen to each other and to trust each other.” (more…)
“Across communities, people have been driven to the breaking point with acts of racism and repeated incidents of police brutality.” The editor of Jumper Nation reflects on where we are headed as a community. (more…)
In the wake of the death of Katharine Morel, many riders are left with more questions than answers. Eventing Nation’s Maggie Deatrick voices a plea for transparency when it comes to the investigations of accidents in the eventing world. (more…)
“Although buyers need to take all necessary steps to protect themselves, sellers … must take all necessary steps to protect the horses placed in their care, the buyers with whom they are working and their own reputations.”
Devin Morrissey explores the subject of hiring individuals with a criminal history, making a case for thinking outside of the box. From horse-based prison programs to recovering addicts, Morrissey touts the benefits that may be possible.
“The PAST Act is a threat to the law breakers and the cheaters.” Marty Irby, Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action, writes this editorial for Horse Nation to rally readers to effect political change that could end the practice of soring.
“Think about your life if you had never had access to that first horse that lit that spark of joy in your heart. Would you have grown up knowing what you were missing if you had never been exposed to it?”
“I don’t think of myself as an un-confident person. But someone tells me I’m a ‘cowgirl’? I immediately feel the need to correct them. I am certain upon meeting real ranchers that they can sense I’m a total fraud — just an East Coaster who happens to ride in a cow pasture.”
“When we own a horse, we have a commitment to that animal — but we also have a commitment to ourselves. That means, at times, that we need to step back from a relationship and take a long, hard look, being honest with ourselves about how we feel.”
“Such a small thing — how one applies fly spray. And here was my student, who had never had a lesson a day in her life prior to coming to my barn, silently demonstrating to me a better method than the one I was using.”
“Why don’t we treat ourselves half as well as we treat our horses?” Self care has become a trendy buzzword referring to the act of consciously tending to one’s own well-being — and Kristen Kovatch believes equestrian culture makes us inherently bad at it.
“Learning to sail — in which I feel like a total idiot daily, clambering around the boat while getting cracked in the head by the boom — reminds me of just how long it took me to get to my current level of easy familiarity in the barn.”
End-of-life considerations need to be part of every horse owner’s plan and budget, Kristen Kovatch argues. She outlines the realities of cost of euthanasia and the guidelines for when it should be considered.
“We as a public should fairly expect transparency at these highest levels and hold these individuals to a high standard. But there’s a trickle-down effect that happens when social media crusaders are proven right — our healthy skepticism can start to veer into unhealthy territory.”