Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes:
He only does it to annoy,
Because he knows it teases.
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in WonderlandThere seems to be an underlying belief that horses behave in the way that they do in order to cause their owner's grief, embarassment, and annoyance, or that they do it because they are stupid, or chestnut, or perhaps Welsh. Horses do what they do because they are a horse. Because they are always seeking the easiest way in life. There is no moral dilemma for them; it's just their job. It is up to us to drop all the negative emotions, the angry intent, the annoyed energy, in order to persuade them that they want to be part of our lives.
We have the right, it seems, to do some terrible things to horses, to tie them up on chains, to harness them in with another horse and drag them along, to burn them twice with a brand, to fasten their noses down so tightly that their teeth dig into their cheeks, to hit them, and to take out our anger and frustration out on them.. Often there's no-one to see, no one willing to say anything.
In the end, you have to ask yourself, would I want to be my own horse?