Another year is upon us, with all the promise of new beginnings and better things.
If you are a horse, there is a snag with all this hope stuff, and with the talk of better things, because things don’t really improve for a lot of horses and ponies out there. During 2014, there have been some very sad developments in the horse world, accompanied by an upsurge of reportage. You see, the thing about sensationalism is that it deadens the reactions over time. Thus, the first time you saw a starved horse in the media, social or otherwise, you were appalled. The second time, you wondered to yourself ‘Is that quite as thin as that dead one I saw in the press last week?’ The next one you see looks familiar – guess you are getting used to seeing all those bones now.
And the net result? Well, that pony on the tether by the river is still alive, so he’s OK today – not as bad as that one on Facebook after all. Perhaps I won’t bother reporting him…
STOP RIGHT THERE AND THINK!
When was the last time you saw someone give that pony a drink? In the snow last night, did he have some grub and a bit of shelter? Because if he didn’t, and you saw, and you did nothing, you may have become desensitised to the suffering of needy horses and ponies. It’s not your fault, but do beware of it all the same.
If you love horses and ponies and you are thinking of making some New Year resolutions, please consider making this one.
‘Every time I see a horse, I will observe it carefully and ask myself the following questions.
Does it have food and water?
Where are its companions?
Does it have a few hours of freedom to do what it likes each day?
Is anything causing it pain or discomfort?
Where does it shelter from the cold and wet?
If I am not satisfied that its welfare needs are not being met, I promise to make a report.’
Happy New Year. Love, Tim