Definition of HORSEMAN
: a rider or driver of horses; especially : one whose skill is exceptional
: a person skilled in caring for or managing horses
: a person who breeds or raises horses
This definition is from Webster’s. I think we can all agree it’s a fairly broad definition of the term. One of the PSA battle cries is that they are all `horsemen’ and know more than everybody else. If you are against slaughter, you can’t possibly be a horseman. I’m guessing the `skilled’ part of the definition escapes them.
Where I work and how I was raised, `horseman’ is not a description that is handed out lightly. Besides exceptional skill, a horseman has empathy and humility. They are lifelong students of the horse and have respect and gratitude for these animals. As a result, they often make their sole source of income, from working with these animals. Some of these horsemen have risen to the top of their disciplines and enjoy a certain amount of recognition. Without fail, not a single one of them is an advocate for slaughter. Without fail, not a single one of them does not accept responsibility for their animals and those they breed. They practice what they preach and they would never advocate for slaughtering the very animals that have given them the lifestyles they enjoy. They would never suggest something is ok for `other’ horses that is not ok for their own. Most horsemen I know actively support rescues and contribute to them as they can whether that is financially or through charitable deeds. A real horseman does not cut corners, use abusive equipment or techniques and take the path of least resistance in training, handling or husbandry. A horseman’s horses are fed and cared for before himself.
In my investigations into the minds and behaviors of a PSA, I’ve seen a lot of things similar things with them as well. Most of them do not have humility. They blame the horse when things go wrong. They often use questionable training methods and boast about how wild and unruly a horse is and how they stuck on him anyway. For some reason, they wear their accidents and injuries as some bizaree badge of honor. You will often find harsh bits and heavier hands on a PSA’s horse. To save money for God knows what, they’ll shortcut on things like fencing and often have barbed wire and uncapped t-posts. PSA’s like to point fingers too. Anytime you work with a large flight animals, the unexpected can happen, but the risk of catastrophy can be minimized with a little common sense. PSA’s seem to have a lot of injuries and catastrophies. Many PSA’s will tell you they will never slaughter or eat one of their own, but they screech and howl that `other’ horses require that. PSA’s will argue that they want to have `choice’, but fail to realize they already have it. They are well able to go shoot their own horse or take it to a local butcher for processing. They also want to make the choice for countless other horses that don’t belong to them. I can’t really figure that one out either.
I guess the bottom line is I will take the word of a true horseman over a self proclaimed one on any issue pertaining to horses. I think if horses had a voice, they probably would agree with me. Bottom line, if you want to slaughter, torture or eat a horse you are not a horseman. Period.