This is a somewhat controversial topic among people in the vegan community but I couldn’t care less because we shouldn’t avoid topics that are important. And talking about why riding horses is not vegan and is not okay, is one of them.
I understand that some people see horses as those big givers, who every day wait for a human to jump on their back and ride them, but you are forgetting one thing – you are seeing a horse as someone who is there to entertain you and to give you joy. You are not seeing him as an individual animal who has a life of his own.
Horses are not our slaves. They are not here to give us rides, no matter how much we convince ourselves that that’s not exploitation of another being.
They are not born to be here for us. They are not here for our entertainment or to compete and play games with big masks on their faces.
We do not have the right to even consider using them as props and slaves.
People ride horses for their enjoyment.
People ride horses to entertain themselves.
They don’t care about the animal.
Would you ride an elephant?
No, you wouldn’t, because you know the abuse the elephant goes through when trained to give rides to humans. But do you know how riding affects a horse?
If you are a vegan and you believe that all species deserve to be treated with respect and are equal, then why do you not see the similarities between a horse and an elephant? Why are you suddenly avoiding seeing the exploitation of horses?
And if you are not a vegan, I still assume you are aware of the abuse elephants suffer, so the same questions apply to you.
We do not need to ride ANY animal. We do not need to use ANY animal to transport anything for us.
Do you need help? Get a robot or, you know, use your hands.
We have this idea in our head that animals want to help us and that we somehow can read their minds and we know that they love to be ridden around and whipped. We convince ourselves that we understand them yet we continue abusing them and causing them health issues.
If its so drastic for you to think about not riding horses, ask yourself whether or not you would keep them if the law said you cant do it anymore? Why are you so upset to learn that horses get body injuries when ridden? I thought you only wanted the best for your buddy. Change of thoughts?
I won’t even cover how horse riding affects the body of a horse (you can watch a video below for that), but the simple fact is, that animals are not here to serve us
Maybe there is a horse that loves to be ridden but you wouldn’t know that, would ya? You may think that you know your horse so well but you really don’t. Because if you think that he loves to be used for your ass to be ridden around, you do not know any animal at all.
I’m going to end on that note. Riding horses is not ethical and in our modern age, we really don’t need to use animals for moving around.
p.s. – If you are interested in learning how to meditate, read this post that I wrote.