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Re: RC: RE: Misc things and also Animal Rights Activists
In a message dated 08/16/2000 7:57:50 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< ARAs decended on the horse, grabbing the bridle to stop it, chanting and
protesting that the animal was being held captive and enslaved by humans!!
ARAs are too far removed from history, when the only method of transportation
besides the human foot was the horse. Of course, we could all go back to
pre-mechanical days, and the ARAs could be the ones who do all the walking.
The history of the civilized world was written by the horse (so to speak).
My husband's favorite justification for endurance riding, as opposed to
pleasure riding at a walk (which is also very nice sometimes), is "the horse
was domesticated for the purpose of extending the range of travel beyond that
which man could cover on foot". An interesting aside....on our June trip to
China, we took a day to walk on the Great Wall. This is an absolutely
amazing feat of human endeavour. Our trip leader, being an historian, told
us that the Wall was not built to keep the men of the Mongol hordes out of
China, but the horses. Without his horse, the Mongol warrior was helpless.
And of course, the American Indian was greatly enabled in his battles with
the whites and with other tribes by his domestication of the horses turned
loose (accidentally or otherwise) on the plains by the Spanish explorers.
Alexander the Great and the Romans extended their territories enormously with
the aid of horses. The history of man is written on the back of the horse.
Try to take away our rights to own and ride horses, and the ARAs and anyone
else are going to have a big fight on their hands.
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