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The horse is not a free animal!



The horse relies entirely on humans, and its freedom has been significantly limited. Once free to roam the meadows and plains, following its instincts and natural rhythms in a relatively wild environment, today almost all horses have lost the ability to survive independently in nature due to human influence. They are kept in captivity and have become dependent on humans for food, water, and care. Horses today are primarily bred for recreational and sporting purposes, such as riding and equestrian competitions. While there are still horses living in more natural environments, such as protected reserves and rehabilitation centers for wild horses, the majority of them are bred in stables and entirely managed by humans. Due to human influence, the horse has lost the ability to make autonomous decisions, and its freedom has been significantly compromised... Humans have imposed a management and breeding system that severely restricts the horse's freedom. Domestic horses are kept in stables, enclosures, or paddocks, where their movement space and ability to explore the surrounding environment are denied. They are subjected to routines and schedules established by humans for feeding, care, and training, which do not take into account their ethological well-being. Furthermore, humans have developed direct control over horse behavior through training and the use of tools such as harnesses and reins. Horses are trained to respond to human commands and adapt to human needs and expectations. This leads to a relationship of complete dependence, where the horse follows the directives of humans rather than acting according to its natural instincts and desires. Humans have played a fundamental role in limiting the horse's freedom. Through domestication, management, training, and use for human purposes, the horse has lost the ability to make autonomous decisions and has developed a dependence on humans. This has resulted in a significant restriction of the horse's freedom and an ongoing influence of humans in the lives of these magnificent animals.

Human behavior towards horses can be considered wrong for several ethical and moral reasons:

  1. Restriction of natural freedom: Horses are naturally inclined to live in open spaces, explore the surrounding environment, and interact with other members of their social group. Restricting their freedom of movement and confining them in limited spaces such as enclosures or stables goes against their nature and causes stress, frustration, and behavioral and health problems.

  2. Reduction of self-determination: Horses are sentient beings with their own needs and desires. Complete dependence on humans means that the horse loses the ability to make autonomous decisions regarding its nutrition, living environment, and activities. This limits its ability to express its natural behavior with consequences for its physical and mental well-being.

  3. Exploitation for human purposes: Horses are used by humans to fulfill their needs and desires, such as entertainment and sports competitions. This exploitation can involve excessive workloads, inadequate living conditions, treatments that do not conform to their nature, or the use of coercive methods. Such practices do not respect the integrity and well-being of the horse.

  4. Lack of consideration for welfare: Horses experience pain, stress, and suffering. Restricting their freedom and imposing inadequate living conditions can compromise their physical and psychological well-being. Humans have a responsibility to ensure that horses receive proper care, balanced nutrition, access to fiber and water, sufficient space for movement, and opportunities to socialize with other horses, as well as veterinary care.

  5. Lack of respect for living beings: Horses, like all living beings, deserve respect and consideration. Their intrinsic value as living beings and their capacity to experience emotions and feelings should be recognized. Treating horses as mere resources or objects to be exploited goes against the respect owed to animals.

The human-horse relationship has become inseparable. It is the complete responsibility of humans to ensure that this imposed relationship is absolutely respectful of the well-being of the horse.

In the absence of all this, the well-being of the horse will not be respected!




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