Jockeying for Position

HBO just showed a special on the lives of jockeys, and, as I suspected, jockeys live lives of desperation.  Randy Romero, who brought the filly Personal Ensign to her signature win in the Distaff race, was the symbol of what jockeys undergo just to “feel like a king” on the back of a horse with wings for feet.  The documentary featured the kidney transplant that this man, after 21 previous operations, couldn’t afford.  He, like many other jockeys, practised bulimia on a meal-by-meal basis, endured “hot box” bathing (in which the water is heated to 106 or 107 degrees F.), and was instrumental in bringing up the standard weight for jockeys.

I know I’ll take flack for this post.

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Serenity N o w

REVISION: This post is outdated but I wanted to clarify PETA’s position on horse slaughter: they are against, not for it. I was duped by the pro-slaughter manipulation of certain media stories. Here, I stand corrected.

I picked up my new dental guard today.  It’s a plastic appliance I put on my teeth at night because I grind my teeth in my sleep.  My dentist suggested that one of the causes may be stress.  “Stress?” I echoed.  “No, I don’t think I’m any more stressed out than anyone else,” I replied.  But there are a few things that stress me out….   For example:  that some blonde nitwit is now worth $70 million just because she divorced someone (and there are billions of children starving);

that the Egyptian military is still controlling Egypt despite last year’s promise to yield power to the people;

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Canadian Mustangs Menaced

In November 2010, I wrote a blog entitled Saving our Mustangs in Canada (scroll down to last blog on that page) about the great work WHOAS (Wild Horses of Alberta Society) does, and asked readers to sign its petition.  I’m asking again before the few remaining symbols of our history are decimated by the Alberta government’s “cull”.  Go here and sign. 

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Refuge RR Winter Fundraiser

Refuge RR Winter Fundraiser

I just read on the CHDC blog that Refuge RR for Horses needs help to continue their water and hay feed supply for the winter.  I worked as a volunteer with RR for a couple of years, and I can vouch for its owner, Rose, and the wonderful work she and her family (and her devoted volunteers) do.  Located in Alexandria, Ontario, a great number of RR’s rescued horses come from Quebec.  Go to their website and donate money, blankets, feed, hold a fundraiser, become a sponsor or anything else you can think of to help out.  Plus que 98 pourcent de leur rescapes viennent de la province du Quebec.  SVP aidez Refuge RR a soigner les equides mis a cote, ignorer, negliger…surtout ceux qui ont passe leurs vies en service et maintenant meritent une retraite tranquille au lieu de l’horreur des abattoirs. God will bless us for taking care of His magnificent creature…one with whom his other creature, Man, has always had a special relationship.

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Shaming the Devil

Tell the truth and shame the devil!  Does anyone remember that old chestnut?  That’s exactly what Sonja Meadows does in the attached video.  The video (also on Youtube) was produced by Animals-Angels USA and was intended for general audiences, although some viewers have already alerted me that it is, in fact, disturbing…towards the end, just a little bit, not very but enough to make one cringe, etc.  Les images sont peu perturbantes mais les ames sensibles sont averties.  Remember that, according to the USDA’s own figures, nearly 92 per cent of horses sent to Canada for slaughter are young and healthy.  What a waste when these horses could be recycled into the live horse industry–a vibrant and thriving industry here in Quebec…

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