no riding no cruelty

I’ve been seeing images like this making rounds. I understand this is just a snaffle and the “it’s a kind bit” and “I have soft hands” stuff. Save it. It’s not about this bit being rainbow. It’s about the majority of the people who would buy something like this are people who buy things because they are pretty and make them look good instead of thinking about what would be most comfortable for their horse. 

This trend may start out in just snaffles, but it could easily make it’s way up to something much worse. Nobody would question it either because all they would think was “pretty colors” or some idiocy like that. 

anonymous asked:

I have a couple of questions about big lick and you seem like a good guy to ask. First, i dont really understand what it Is? Ive also heard that its all inhumane and abusive, but ive also seen otherwise very humane and knowledgable horse people says that big lick can be done humanely, so? I have no idea what to think of this discipline, i just feel kinda lost.

OK so I’m not a big lick/TWH expert by any means but here are the basics as I understand them:

Some breeds are gaited. The Tennessee Walking Horse is one of them. It’s especially known for its running walk. Originally, this gait was really popular because it was so comfortable to ride, so they were useful plantation horses, and they Looked Fancy. Big Lick developed because of the transition from using horses for work (farming, cavalry, pony express, yada yada) to horses being used for recreation - specifically here, shows. So you have a bunch of people riding their TWHs around trying to look the fanciest, without any actual goal beyond winning and looking fancy. It becomes an aesthetic thing, like a lot of current show scenes (western pleasure, saddleseat, a lot of dressage tbh, halter shows, reining, etc). Welfare and practicality go out the window because you don’t actually have a reason to keep your horse healthy, sane, and sound. Because you don’t need them to do work. You don’t need them to live long, healthy lives. This is why we see such an increasing number of horses being competed as two and three year olds (when they’re still 2-3 years from actual physical and mental maturity), and retiring before they’re even ten or early teens. It’s all about the benjamins and about winning the biggest prize.

So, how do you get the TWH to exhibit a fancier gait? Firstly, bigger shoes and longer hooves. Weight on the legs mean that the legs are lifted higher. And there is a spectrum here, from flat shod but hooves too long:

to moderate pads:

to fucking giant stacks:

These result in a higher-stepping gait.

But where do you go from there? Well, from there you get to the most controversial part of the TWH industry, which is soring.

Here’s an 11 minute interview with a convicted trainer explaining how soring works, but I’ll summarize:

Soring is when you make the front feet hurt, so that the horse is really fast to snatch them off the ground because they’re so painful. There are a lot of ways to sore a horse. I’ve read about putting marbles between the hoof and pad, people putting tacks in there, people over-trimming the sole of the hoof until it bleeds or bruised, adding extra deep nails, anything to make the foot sore. The most well known method (and this is usually what people are talking about when they talk about soring) is putting caustic chemicals on the horse’s ankles, and then adding chains, so that the metal chains bang against their already super painful pasterns.

Those pictures are taken from show screencaps. These stacks and these chains are allowed at the show. They are not just training tools. They are out in the public eye. People just lie about the application of chemicals.

All of this is done to make the horse fling up their forelegs, and step deep under with their hind legs like so:

Here’s another example of the kind of ‘stepping under’ that is caused by soring:

I don’t say this lightly but these horses are crippled. The trainer in that interview says so. He acknowledges that you have to essentially torture the horses to make them ‘walk’. That horses end up dead from the pain. These are animals that can barely stand (and sometimes literally cannot stand) on their own feet. And the end result is this:

Wow so fancy! So flashy! So great! I personally don’t get the appeal, and the appeal doesn’t even MATTER, because it’s about the physical and mental abuse and not about the end result, buuuuuut let me drop this comparison in here:

This^ is Champagne Watchout, who was exhibited flatshod at the 1999 TWH National Celebration, next to horses ridden with giant stacks. I recommend watching this entire video as the contrast between the gaits is unbelievable. It’s an amazing example of the difference between the beautiful, smooth, comfortable and NATURAL gaits of the TWH, vs the clusterfuck that is Big Lick.

My gifmaker stopped working so I’ll leave you with just some pictures of un-stacked, un-sored TWHs.

These^ are the horses that were bred to be comfortable to ride for long distances. Even those last two horses, exhibiting more dramatic movement, look like actual horses instead of dying frogs.

There are so many more issues related to TWHs (historical racism, the position of the saddle and rider and the damage to the back, the riding of two year olds, horses that literally can’t stand, that colic from the pain and die, horses that collapse because they literally can’t walk, the fact that horses are trained to get through vet inspections by being punished for exhibiting signs of pain, the HORRIBLE bits, the owners and judges and trainers all colluding to lie about abuse, god I could go on forever) but these are the very basics and all I’m gonna try and pack in here lol.

If there are any TWH/big lick experts who want to correct me on any points, go ahead, I know my terminology isn’t perfect. But this is why big lick exists and why it’s so horrible, and why literally every riding discipline accused of cruelty goes ‘well at least we aren’t big lick!’. Because big lick is the actual worst.

anonymous asked:

Thoughts on horseback riding - in all of it's variations?

Oh boy. I hesitate to even answer this for fear of being bombarded by horseblr. 

Horses do not want to be ridden, and the very act of “breaking” a horse is enough to show this. When a horse finally accepts a rider, they’re not showing that they suddenly want to have a person on their back; they’re simply showing learned helplessness, that it’s in the horse’s best interest to cooperate than to be punished. Even when the horse is not punished during training, they learn that there is no longer any use in resisting the whims of the rider. Horseback riding also causes health problems for the horse, such as back injuries, and that’s just on an individual level; the horse racing industry is a whole new level of cruelty and abuse.

Overall, horseback riding is in every aspect not vegan. It’s exploitation that’s completely unnecessary because it is almost always done for the pleasure of the rider. @veganerudition if you have anything to add here don’t hesitate to chime in.


It seems that after several decades, the mystery of the Beast of Dartmoor (and possibly the Beasts of Bodmin and Exmoor as well!) may have been finally laid to rest. In the 1970s, Mary Chipperfield (a circus owner) and her family owned Plymouth Zoo, and when it was shut down, she said she would give her five pumas to Mr Ellis Daw at Dartmoor Wildlife Park. However, upon arriving, Mr Daw claims to only have received two of the five pumas.  Danny Bamping, founder of the British Big Cats Society, claimed “Mary Chipperfield told Ellis she had broken down on Dartmoor and that somehow three of the pumas had escaped. We think she let them out on the moor.”

The three that had ‘escaped’ were her favorite breeding pair and another young male. Mary’s husband, Roger Cawley, denys this, saying, “We had no dealings with the old Dartmoor Wildlife Park all those years ago and certainly never released pumas or any other wild animals on Dartmoor.”

Mary Chipperfield and her husband were no angels when it came to animals, so the release of big cats in England would not be far-fetched. In 1999, she was fined £7,500 for 12 counts of cruelty involving a young 18 month old chimpanzee named Trudy; the acts of cruelty involved whipping Trudy with a riding crop and forcing her to sleep in a small box. Her husband was fined £1,000 at the same time for whipping a sick elephant around a circus ring.

The Reason Why You Should Not Ride Elephants in Thailand

One of the activities I dreamed about doing is to ride the elephants in Thailand and I am glad I was able to cross this item out off my bucket list. During my first visit in Thailand, the idea of elephant riding sounded like a unique adventure and a fun experience. I find it really amazing to sit on top of an enormous creature while taking a short stroll through the rain forest.

My college friend/travel buddy Rory and I, immediately booked a tour in Khao San Road to go to Kanchanaburi and try elephant riding. At that time, I was convinced that elephants are playful animals and they love carrying just about anything. I did enjoy my encounter with the elephants because I was still unaware of elephant tourism. When it was time for me to try elephant riding for the second time during my Ayutthaya tour in Thailand, I refused and walked away. That, I think, is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my trip to Thailand.

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anonymous asked:

How is horse riding "not vegan"? Also, why is it inhumane? Like nobody eats their horse and alot of horse riders genuinely care about their partners.

There are a lot of great explanations of how horseback riding isn’t vegan if you want to scroll through fightingforanimals‘s tag about it.

I would highly recommend watching these two videos Is Horse Riding Cruel? and Horse Riding Cruelty: Effects of the Bit.

Bite Sized Vegan perfectly sums up my thoughts on the matter, “Veganism, in general, is about opposing the use of animals for our own personal gains in any form whatsoever.  If we look at horseback riding, it’s evident that horses do not need to be ridden.  They seem to do very well for themselves in the wild without one of us atop them.  Horseback riding solely benefits the rider and is thus a form of using animals for entertainment.”

The issues of riding horse are issues of animal entertainment and what not. Eating horse meat is a completely different issue. As I wrote in a previous post, “I do not support horseback riding. It’s not vegan or humane. Horses have no say in the matter and are being used for their bodies/strength. I also have an issue with the fact that you have to “break” a horse in order to even train it. All this aside, the methods and equipment used to train and ride horses is inhumane.“ If you are familiar with horseback riding, you should be familiar with the equipment and methods used to train horses. If you are unfamiliar, you can follow the above links to learn how harmful and painful these devices are on a horses body.

At the end of the day, no matter how nice you are to a horse they can never give consent. That horse will never have a say or any power in that relationship. I’m sure that some equestrians genuinely care about their horse just like they genuinely care about their other possessions. The thing is though, horses aren’t possessions. They aren’t objects. They aren’t things. They are sentient beings. If a vegan was or is lucky enough to care for one of these beautiful creatures it will be because that horse is our companion who we wish to provide for and not because we have ulterior motives that only benefit ourselves.

I hope this helps explain horseback riding from a vegan perspective. If you are still confused on the ethics of veganism, feel free to ask more questions. I’m always happy to help<3


“ASOKA - two sides of the coin" 

Passion may envelope a prince in unconditional love, but hate makes the cruelty of a king know no bounds

Asoka, riding his white horse and brandishing his sword, narrates a story of love and war, a story of loyalty and betrayal…

But above all … Asoka retraces the long journey of a man to salvation… a journey on a path to redemption littered with blood and ravaged souls

Then cruelty becomes Devotion… and the man creates History!

Artist : Xeny Art

Writer : Mira Khan

Behind the scenes:

This is the first work that I did for my project - ” 50 characters of Shah Rukh Khan"

Fist character is Asoka.
This artwork is very special for me, as it is my favorite character. That’s why the approach is more spiritual, philosophical and surreal. I wanted to show in my work 2 sides of the Emperor. His pure, generous and innocent side, the side of a man, who was in love and in sorrow. And his dark side, the side of a man, who burned his heart with cruelty.
On the picture I tried to show that the real Asoka is pure and spiritual, but at the same time he wears a mantle of his cruel side, like a mask, like clothes he puts this cruelty on himself, till that moment when he saw what he’ve done. All the horror of war. Then took off the mantle to be a free man.

I hope I reached my goal and you’ll feel the same seeing this artwork.

Thank you,


PS: Thank you so much to my dear friend Mira Khan for writing a wonderful prose 
And thank you to my other friend Chris for helping with english.

“Every Working Elephant Has A Wounded Soul And A Broken Heart

Tourists are responsible for this abuse.

NEVER trek or ride an elephant – any time – anywhere – ever! Never pay a mahout with a street begging elephant or watch a baby elephant playing in the surf. It is all based on egregious cruelty, torture, abuse and deprivation.”

thottiesans  asked:

Sebastian doesn't understand anything basic about education???? Sometimes doesn't remember he's a demon.

useless butler brings a riding crop to school?? not a horse in sight. cruelty to animals + medieval views on education -89745698987/10