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Subject: Cruel Shoes?

'Cruel shoes' refers to a post where Susan said people are flaming her
telling her how cruel shoes are.  So far, no one has answered my question 
why they would think they are cruel.

I never said it wasn't ok to state different opinions or views, just added 
my own to the mix which points out 'common sense'.  Please don't insinuate I 

Sorry you think 'my opinions' are 'inflammatory hyperbole', but guess
what...I'm entitled to express them as much as the people you are defending.

Kimberly M. Price

>From: Tracey Ritter <>
>To: <>, <>
>Subject: Cruel Shoes?
>Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 12:31:21 -0600
>Cruel Shoes... Hey, wasn't that a Steve Martin skit from way back?!
>OK, I've been following this thread since it started, primarily based
>on my interest in the topic.  From the digests I've read recently
>(and some not-so-recently), I can't for the life of me find any posts
>where someone came out and said that.  Maybe someone did and I
>completely missed it, and if that's the case, please copy, paste and
>send it to me so that I may stand corrected.  Gee, not even *I*
>believe that shoeing is cruel or inherently evil!
>Ridecamp exists to accomplish many things... to inspire, to motivate,
>to educate, and among other things, to share ideas and experiences.
>I seriously doubt that Ridecamp is the right forum for inflammatory
>hyperbole, as it does nothing in the way of educating people and
>serves little more than perpetuating misinformation and trying to
>"get personal"  with either topics or the people sharing in them.
>  I can't help but feel that some folks on this forum take some things
>waaaay too personally instead of merely accepting whatever exchange
>of ideas and experiences that are being discussed as being just that
>and nothing more.  If someone wants to share their "fly-free"
>experiences that may or may not be a result of having their horse/s
>barefoot, then that's OK.  Are they presenting these experiences as
>scientifically proven fact or Gospel truth?  No.  They are *just*
>experiences.  Did they rule out any other variables?  Not that I can
>recall.  And it's perfectly OK if someone wonders if it's more than
>just a correlation or not... that's the only way they'd get any
>feedback on it one way or the other in order for that person to come
>to their own conclusion.  Trust me, I just *wish* that my barefoot
>horse shared in the same wondrous phenomenon, but alas, those buggers
>are just as friendly to us as before.  Susan, what do you think?  A
>garlic deficiency?!  :-)
>So, it's OK to disagree (as we all know!), so long as your public
>disagreement is based on something with merit.  Let's try to keep the
>alarmist approaches to replying for some other forum.
>Just *my* observation... nothing more, nothing less.
>Tracey Ritter
>Portland, OR
>Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 12:04:10 -0700
>Subject: RC:  why would shoeing be cruel?
>Message-ID: <>
>Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed
>ok, probably making trouble here, but I don't see why in the world
>shoeing a
>horse would be considered cruel?  The nails do not hurt the horse so
>what is
>the problem?
>Mystery has rock hard feet and spent the first 6 years of his life
>in a 100 acre hilly pasture.  His feet are still rock hard but I
>found years
>ago if I had him barefoot he would get very deep rock bruises which
>come out for months.  Plus, arena sand works like sandpaper and ate
>away at
>his heels.  So is it cruel to protect him from yearly abcesses or
>heels?  I think not...
>All because you can only see one variable in an equation doesn't mean
>don't exist.  Common sense has to take into account that maybe my
>doesn't sweat or doesn't have flies because of something you aren't
>of, like better condition, cooler weather, that nest of
>that has a correlation.  In my opinion, saying it is because your
>doesn't wear shoes is like saying because his fly mask is green this
>instead of blue!
>And those of you who have flamed Susan, shame on you!
>Kimberly (&Mystery the Morab)

Kimberly M. Price

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