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Misc things and also Animal Rights Activists

My favorite quote ever:  (I wish I knew the author to give just credit)

"...and God sought to bestow upon man a supreme mark of his blessing, God
created the horse.  The horse could run faster than the deer, jump higher than
the goat, and endure longer than the wolf.  Man, being encompassed by elements
that sought to destroy them, would have been a slave, had the horse not made him
king. "

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one
pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside,
thoroughly used up, worn out, leaking oil, shouting GERONIMO!" on 08/16/2000 04:18:38 PM

cc: (bcc: Tamara Woodcock/US1/Lend Lease)

Subject:  RC:   RE:  Misc things and also Animal Rights Activists

In a message dated 08/16/2000 7:57:50 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<< 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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