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ok so some people tell me as a vegan, i shouldnt ride horses, because its cruel, but anybody who atchually KNOWS HOW TO RIDE A HORSE knows that its atchually not, these days nobody waers big spikey spurrs like cowboys did that cut into the horse, and you dont use the whip to to beat the **** out of the horse. has anyone else had this problem?
 

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If you're riding in an ethical way and treating your horse as a partner (not getting after him with a whip and spurs), I see no problem with riding. Personally, my riding is largely what led me to becoming veg*n. There'll always be people who will tell you otherwise, but don't sweat it.
 

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to me it is using an animal for human gain, and for that reason, i am strongly opposed to it.<br><br><br><br>
i dont see how you can ethically ride a horse. would you get your 2 year old kid to ride on the back of a great dane?
 

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If you're riding in an ethical way and treating your horse as a partner (not getting after him with a whip and spurs), I see no problem with riding. Personally, my riding is largely what led me to becoming veg*n. There'll always be people who will tell you otherwise, but don't sweat it.</div>
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treating your horse as a partner? how?
 

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Like Keelin I think it was my riding and my close relationship with my horse that led to me becoming a vegetarian. I ride all the time and I believe that the way I ride is completely ethical.
 

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Horse riding is cruel? What? I thought that it was exercise/companionship for the horse? (Sorry, I've only been on a horse 3 times.)<br><br>
Plus, you ARE cutting down on animal cruelty in a very active way. Screw anyyone who says differently. We do what we can. As long as YOU treat your animal kindly and with love what else matters?<br><br><br><br>
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Saying horseback riding is cruel is like saying obedience classes are cruel for dogs. I have been riding for 8 years and I do have a horse of my own, and it is in no way cruel. I show horses and the animals absolutely love it! They get positive attention from the show observers and get to excersize. Yes I do ride with spurs but they are not pointed or sharp. I know how to use them properly. They are mainly to help the horse understand my leg cues better. It comes in handy when sidepassing or performing a 360 maneuver.<br><br><br><br>
There will always be people who are cruel. They are the ones to pinpoint.
 

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I've rode both english and western, and I think western riding is much better for the horse..Anyway, I think the horses would be better off not being ridden, but it's not animal abuse.
 

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What else is a horse going to do? A horse needs a job and thrives on a work schedule, yes I will agree that there are horses that would just rather not be ridden, but they will build a bridge, they'll get over it.
 

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I love riding horses, and like everyone on this forum says, it's how you treat the animal when riding. But I know a couple people who go on trail rides for fifteen hours a day and it really affects the horses negatively. That's just taking it too far.<br><br>
Riding is good exercise for horses and it's better than leaving them in a pasture all day where they are allowed to get fat and out of condition.
 

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What else is a horse going to do? A horse needs a job and thrives on a work schedule, yes I will agree that there are horses that would just rather not be ridden, but they will build a bridge, they'll get over it.</div>
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*Ponders*...hmm, be NATURAL perhaps? Horses belong in open plains, in herds, away from humans. Not only is the so-called "care" of horses, in most horse-riding places, wrong and cruel, but the riding part of it is also cruel, even if the horse, his or herself is not any physical or mental stress.<br><br><br><br>
Riding a horse is a form of exploitation. Just as a cow being milked is a form of exploitation. When someone rides a horse, it is for their benefit, not the horses. By riding a horse, you are forcing the horse to do something <b>you</b> want the horse to do. Not what the horse wants to do.<br><br><br><br>
Also, along with horse riding, comes bits, crops, saddles, etc. Things a horse would not naturally have put on them, obviously. And I certainly don't think it's enjoyable to be whipped several times, even if it is a light tap, or to have a human heel/foot knocked against you. ¬_¬<br><br><br><br>
I also, certainly don't think I'd like to have a human riding me, in the non rude kind of way.
 

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i dont know about anyone else but my horses enjoy being ridden. their pasture is about 50 acres so they could be away from humans if they wanted to but they willing come up to me and follow me without restraints the arena. one of my mares will do naughty things if i do not come see her and ride her often enough.
 

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i dont know about anyone else but my horses enjoy being ridden. their pasture is about 50 acres so they could be away from humans if they wanted to but they willing come up to me and follow me without restraints the arena. one of my mares will do naughty things if i do not come see her and ride her often enough.</div>
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And where is the proof that they ENJOY being ridden? And not just the fact that they get to see you. In order to ride the horse, you're going to see her. I'm pretty sure she'd benefit more from you just going to see her, and never riding her at all. Even walking around the field with her would give her the human companionship she seems to enjoy. (going by what you have said.)
 

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if i just go and see her without riding her she trots up and down the fence tossing her head and "yelling" at me. like i said they follow me willingly to the arena which is the area where they know they get ridden. i never use whips, spurs, or even a bridle most of the time. i dont feel anything i do to my horses is cruel. plus if i did do anything cruel to my mare that i spoke of earlier she'd just toss me off haha she dosent take crap from anyone.
 

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With the horses I ride we don't use whips, spurs (I've never even seen those used in this country), harsh bits, etc. I ride a lovely arab a few times a week who I don't even need to put a saddle and bridle on, he's incredibly responsive to voice aids.<br><br><br><br>
I don't like breeding, or competing. We have a few arabs and they all need to have their legs bandaged if the ground is hard before being ridden because their bones are too fine from selective, and sometimes I've had problems with eventing horses who are just too highly strung, and it's all because they've been bred that way.<br><br><br><br>
We don't jump a few of the horses, because they just don't enjoy it. Then again, the arab I mentioned above loves it, and if we put him out in a field with jumps in he'll hop over them for a while to amuse himself.<br><br>
Some horses don't overly enjoy being ridden, so you have to find other ways of exercising them. Lunging, long reining, driving, depends what they like the most.
 

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And where is the proof that they ENJOY being ridden? And not just the fact that they get to see you. In order to ride the horse, you're going to see her. I'm pretty sure she'd benefit more from you just going to see her, and never riding her at all. Even walking around the field with her would give her the human companionship she seems to enjoy. (going by what you have said.)</div>
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Dude, really? That is like saying that dogs who play fetch are being exploited. Some animals LIKE being around people. Not that I'm in disagreement about them being happier in the wild.. But, saying that someone is exploiting a horse by riding it?<br><br><br><br>
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I used to take riding lessons at a stable and one of the horses was getting old and had a bad leg so they decided to retire him from lessons and just lightly excercise him. But he became depressed when he would see the other horses in the arena and would pace. He WANTED to be ridden and he wanted to be included in the lessons. He wasn't herd sour or anything like that, so being alone wasn't an issue.<br><br><br><br>
Besides, riding is very healthy for horses. One of the horses at that same stable was ridden and excercised everyday and is over 40 years old and as lively as ever.
 

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i am jumping up to bsja level with my pony, george and he almost went for horse meat when some little bugger abused him in ireland we bought him from an auction and he has never looked back. i love him with all my heart and he breaks out of the field or jumps the fence if he is not ridden. obviously there are some retarded people who use:<br><br>
strong bits (not copper snaffles which increase salivation as it is a warm sensation and i had a snaffle in my mouth and i actually liked it!)<br><br>
whips & spurs - these are just for retarded ****s i am sorry<br><br><br><br>
i can jump my own height on george but if he is in pain i will jump off if he does something wrong it is my fault - i never tell a horse off<br><br>
i normally ride bitless and bridless. i do natural horsemanship tequniques - if natural isn't what you are looking for shut up. if george showed any signs of not liking his job then i would retire him probably
 

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I don't like the bit. It seems awfully uncomfortable. But if you don't use a bit, whips and spurs then I think it's fine.
 
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