Notes in passing

There have been numerous opinion pieces written about the “death” of Barbaro. One that caught my eye was in the New York Times. Here’s an excerpt:

Humans are not especially good at noticing horses, but Barbaro was easy to notice. And if his life caused us to pay attention to the possibilities of all horses, his death should cause us to pay attention to the tragedy inherent in the end of so many horses. Barbaro’s death was tragic not because it was measured against the races he might have won or even against the effort to save his life. It was tragic because of what every horse is.

You would have to look a long, long time to find a dishonest or cruel horse. And the odds are that if you did find one, it was made cruel or dishonest by the company it kept with humans. It is no exaggeration to say that nearly every horse – Barbaro included – is pure of heart. Some are faster, some slower. Some wind up in the winner’s circle. But they should all evoke in us the generosity of conscience – a human quality, after all – that was expended in the effort to save this one horse.

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  1. Kelly Bidwell Said,

    February 15, 2007 @ 9:05 am

    I agree, and unforunately our loved Skipper had to be put down for similar reasons today February 15, 2007. He was born in 1983 and we purchased him in 1986…he has been in our faimily 21 years!!! He tought my sister and I to ride, to win, to care, to love, to trust, and he just listened when we were sad. I didn’t realize how much he helped make me into the woman I am today. I am truly sad at his passing. I can not even explain the saddness that I feel, I can only say that we have lost a family member, and he will never be forgotten. My mother is to pieces since she has cared for him everyday since the day we bought him, and she is completely lost right now. Losing and animal is not easy, but a horse is more than an animal, so much more, I can’t even explain.
    His appaloosa registered name was (i don’t even like typing “was”)
    Prince Marell…..he took many awards in the ring in the late 80’s and 90….but that wasn’t his goal, it was to make us happy. He did, and we love him and always will. I pray he has wings and he is no longer in pain…from foundering and laminitis. Please love the ones you have. We LOVE you SKIPPY!!!!
    Skipper’s Family,
    Kelly Bidwell (his sister)
    Tracey Bidwell (his sister)
    Leslie Kloskowski (his mom)
    Gene Kloskowski (his dad)
    Lois Tower (his nan)
    and Kelcey Bidwell (his neice)

  2. Ruth Said,

    March 14, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    Too bad that has to happen. I have a Leopard Gelding that is terrified of humans. He was beaten for three hours in a round pen by his former owner. She beat him because “he” rode her into the fence. Silly me but who had the reins? All has not been lost. “Dakota” will always have a SAFE home with me until the great spirits call for him. I wish that thne HUMANS that bestow harm unnessary on animals would feel the same pain!!!!!

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