I do not understand where this whole “if you ride a horse you are abusing it” school of thought came from but I see it floating across my dash. Obviously these comments come from people who haven’t spent a lot of time working with horses.
When you have a good working relationship with your horse, have taken the time to teach them that you aren’t a mountain lion who wants to eat them or another, aggressive horse, they will welcome you into this experience. As many a young girl who has ridden bareback with a halter on - the horse in not in pain - the horse likes doing things with you - if the horse wanted to remove you they have no problem doing so.
Does horse abuse happen? Yes it does. But the act of simply riding a horse is not abuse. If you want to help horses help put an end to horse slaughter for consumption. Otherwise please stop trolling the horse blogs here on Tumblr.