Sometimes the result of the training is so beautiful. We see a horse leaping to respond to barely there cues. They seem to work as one with the person. Beautiful movements, swift reactions. It’s a beautiful display.
What we don’t see is how the horse came to this place.
We see beauty.
The horrors are hidden.
Hidden behind closed barn doors. In round pens and arenas. We don’t see the whips and raw mouths. The tight nose bands and tie downs. We happily over look the white eyes and nostrils wrinkled with stress and pain.
Do you think there’s any horse without its mouth raw when it goes into training? I heard asked on a horse page once.
How often is that the truth? All we allow ourselves to see it the pretty picture presented, not the monsters hidden within.
- Halloween Horrors