Tag Archive: Horses


Getting along

See, we’re all learning to get along:  the Elephants and Donkeys, Cats and Dogs, Western and English

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“Becky Big”

She was saved from slaughter and put to use as a even-tempered driving horse.  Becky Big isn’t really accustomed to riders, but with Liz leading the way, she was comfortable giving both Erick and me a chance to ride her around the arena.  I must admit, at 16 hands, I was nervous.  She appears so stocky, I assumed she must be short, but once I was standing beside her, her true height became more apparent.  

Erick went first.  Followed by me and my hilarious attempt at mounting a horse as wide as a sofa chair.  For her size, Becky is as snugly as a teddy bear.

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Sleeping beauty on the way home…

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And yet another reason I’m happy to be home…  I love TC folk.

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Yesterday, Dianna and I went out to a farm west of town and met a couple who have two beautiful horses boarded there.   It wasn’t all that far from the house, but off the road a ways and tucked between other larger farms so that you felt like you were in the middle of nowhere.  I befriended a thoroughbred gelding who was cribbing.  When my hands reached through his new winter coat, I found nothing but ribs.  His hips protruded through his new coat.  He had no muscle mass on either thigh.  

Cribbing is defined as a “vice in which the horse bites or places its upper incisor teeth on some solid object, pulls down, arches his neck, and swallows gulps of air which go into the stomach, not the lungs.”  It generates a high for the horse and can kill them over time when the air in their stomach makes them feel “full” and reduces their urge to eat.  

There are cribbing collars which prevent the horse from angling their necks out and taking in large gulps of air.  Why this horse isn’t wearing one at this stage is beyond me.  I hope to find out in the next few days if there’s some way of getting him one to save his life.  Unfortunately with the economy in this shape, horses in particular are suffering. 

I’m also wondering about animals seeking out a high.  I’ve seen hot-blooded horses do this by pacing – they get a sort of “runner’s high” from it.  And I wonder how anyone could think horses aren’t intelligent when they search for the same way out so many humans seek out when it seems there is no way out.  

For now, my focus is that gelding.

Palin’s response to Couric’s direct line of questioning is very tactful, but her record is still frightening.  She is on record (see second video) stating she would support legislation to ban abortion in all cases including rape and incest.  

I really appreciated the incumbent governor’s end comments.  He’s also a Republican, but with a world-view on the issue.  As I’ve said before, I am strongly in support of choice for women, but I can respect the view the pro-life movement takes with exception to legislating that opinion.

I also take exception to an entirely pro-life person legislating cruel forms of areal hunting.  I guess life is only sacred if bundled in the human womb.  When I heard SNL’s Tina Fey remark on areal hunting, I thought it was just a reference to Palin’s hunting record in Alaska, but the joke was on me.

At least both presidential candidates Senators Barack Obama and John McCain voted against horse-slaughter.