I always make New Year’s resolutions, and sometimes I even remember what they are long enough to stick with them for a few months. But I’m not going to bore you with my pledges to eat more vegetables or go to bed earlier. Instead, here are my thoughts on what I think the horse industry should work on in 2011.
2. Quit bickering and work on solutions for the so-called unwanted horse problem. I’m so tired of the horse slaughter debate. No horse lover actually wants to see horses meet their end in a slaughterhouse, so whether you think slaughter is a reasonable solution or not, let’s just drop it for half a second and figure out some better ideas. In my mind, it makes more sense to reduce the stream of homeless horses at the source rather than increasing the capacity of the garbage disposal to get rid of them all at the end of the line. Maybe that means more regulation of the horse industry, but that seems like a small price to pay to keep horses from being slaughtered or starving to death when owners get overwhelmed. The point is, everyone who cares about horses needs to quit what has become just another political debate on a single issue and come up with some alternative solutions. We can do this, guys. I’m sure of it.
3. Make friends with like-minded groups. Trail riders are often at odds with mountain bikers, hunters, and other participants in outdoor activities. Our activities aren’t exactly compatible and coexist precariously or not at all. But we all have a shared interest in preserving wilderness for recreational use, so let’s put aside our differences for the moment and work to save the public lands we still have before there’s nothing left to fight over.
Those are my thoughts; now I want to hear yours. What do you want to see the horse industry work on in 2011 and beyond? Click “Submit a Comment” below and share your ideas.
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