My email address has been hacked into so, until that’s resolved, I apologize if you’ve contacted me and I haven’t responded. I have also deleted all users on this blog whom I don’t know personally.Read More
I was astonished to discover recently that horsemen who practise Natural Horsemanship, of whatever origin, also support horse-driven caleches in cities as big as Montreal (3 million), a city so swelteringly hot and humid in the summertime that young children and the elderly keep indoors for health reasons. Let me backtrack. As I understand NH techniques as applied to equines, the premise is that the horse is a prey animal, subject to flight responses (including panic) when confronted by smells, noises, objects, or environments he is unfamiliar with.Read More
If you read my last blog about the CFIA asking to consult the Canadian public on traceability requirements for food animals (which includes horses), you also read Roxanne’s comment. Roxanne sums up everything so well that this blog post is devoted to her comment alone. Please click the link and read the CFIA’s original notice so you can fully appreciate her excellent points.
Maybe I’m naive but I like it when government agencies seek out the opinions of Canadians on pending or potential legislation. It makes me feel like, well, like a citizen…a citizen in good standing who has an obligation to participate in the making of law, not just someone, who, by accident of birth, happened to be born on Canadian soil.Read More
I am indebted to Ihsaan Gardee writing in The Montreal Gazette today regarding the Parti Quebecois (PQ) once again demonizing cultural practices which they claim ” are against traditional Quebec values”…those apparently being to use the captive stunbolt in slaughterhouses as this is supposed to be more humane than kosher or halal slaughter methods. Mr. Gardee refers to a study done by The School of Veterinary Medicine at Hanover University, Germany. I urge everyone to click on that linkRead More
One of my very favourite scenes in the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, is when the merry group led by Dorothy and Toto finally reach the Emerald Kingdom. They are greeted at the door by a horse-and-carriage…and every time the camera lands on the horse, he is a different colour–sometimes, black, sometimes orange, but each time, different. It was a charming literalization of the old English saying: ”…well now, that’s a horse of a different colour”…in the same way, you’d say “…now that’s a different kettle of fish”…when the topic of conversation goes off-topic. And, when it comes to championing horses or animals generally, going off-topic happens quite often.Read More