It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.…..
~ Sun Tzu, The Art of War
The topic of horse slaughter invariably turns heated no matter where or how it is discussed. I interact with horse people all day, every day and we don’t all agree, but I have noticed some common traits of the pro-slaughter crowd. There are some fine examples in my comment sections on other posts.
Many of them suffer from a complete lack of self-awareness. I have yet to talk to a single one of them that feels they are part of the problem of what they term as `unwanted horses’. They will puff out their chests and tell you that they breed quality stock and they have been hit hard with the market for horses dropping. Then you take a look at their fine breeding programs and you will often find horses that look like this…
I have no idea who owns this mare. She may be an absolute sweetheart for all I know. She’s a pretty color, no? She also should never be bred. There is no excuse on earth to breed a horse that looks like this. I don’t care if she is an own daughter of PocoZippoDocPeppyWorldBeater, this horse should be a cull in a breeding program. Does it mean she won’t ever be a good trail horse or kid’s horse? No, but you can buy horses like these cheap enough, why make more? If I have to go into why this horse is not built like an athlete or even to stay sound, then you shouldn’t be breeding horses either. Here is a newsflash for PSAs. There is STILL a market for quality stock. There always have been. The lack of horse slaughter has not affected my livelihood one iota nor has it affected many of the other people I know and work with. Now, the economy in general gave us a hit, but all that did was cause a lot of people to tighten up their stock and breed quality over quantity. Not a bad thing at all. I will go on record as saying that if you require slaughter houses to be opened so that you have an outlet for your stock, you need to get out of the business. Every breeder has horses that don’t turn out as they had hoped. Irresponsible breeders have many like that year after year. Far easier to find a home and a job for one horse every few years than multiple horses year after year.
Another character trait of most PSAs that engage in debate is their `hick speak’. I guess that they feel it backs up their arguments if they can feign a rootin tootin countrified accent online or something. I’m sure we’re supposed to be impressed by their `got me a big ole set’ and `ain’ts’ etc. You get the gist. We all make spelling mistakes and grammatical errors from time to time, but there is an error and there is just being a dumbass. I’m not saying every PSA is functionally illiterate, but the vast majority of the ones doing all the screeching are not helping your cause. Just sayin……
PSAs often do not understand subtlety or generalization. I think these posts are long enough without having to break every single thing down by stating the obvious. For instance, the ones that have their panties in a twist over my previous statements on AI seem to have reading comprehension problems. I did not say there was anything wrong with AI itself. My point was that having more babies than was natural out of a single sire devalues his value as a sire and it weakens his gene pool. My opinion is that if you stand a horse at stud for any amount under $1000, and that is pretty cheap in my book, he probably shouldn’t be siring anything. You know the old saying, `a nice stud usually makes an outstanding gelding’. If you have a problem with a stud fee that high or higher, I suggest you head off and get yourself one of these free or unwanted horses I keep hearing so much about. I’ve yet to actually see one of them, but PSAs keep telling me they are everywhere.
Many of the PSAs I see engaging in the online debates are drama llamas. I was once told that stupid people often make everything personal and feel everybody is out to get them. They threaten litigation at the drop of a hat, yet any and all information on them is readily available online due to their propensity to overshare on message boards. My number one follower here provided some very amusing reading today. I will say after reading some of her posts on various forums, it is difficult to know what the truth is as she contradicts herself often. The one thing that is not in dispute is her arrest records that are easily found online. Honestly PSAs, if you want to be taken seriously, why do you send people like this to be your spokesperson?