More on “vi­cious” horses

EQUUS - - Letters -

I was dis­heart­ened to read “The Case of the ‘Vi­cious’ Horse” (Per­spec­tive, EQUUS 448). I can un­der­stand the au­thor say­ing to see things from the fa­ther’s point of view. I have been around horses since I was 4 and own three, and I have had my fair share of in­juries that changed a pleas­ant out­ing to one I would rather for­get, but none of those were from be­ing some­where I should not have been.

If the sign on the fence [“Do not touch or feed the horses”] was not enough of an in­di­ca­tion that An­thony Ven­drella should not have been there with his son, then what else is the farm owner ex­pected to do? Have some­one stand at the fence and say the same thing? Who is to say that some­one won’t just ig­nore that also? When are peo­ple go­ing to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own ac­tions?

Would most peo­ple ap­proach a dog they don’t know in a fenced-in yard? Of course, we have had peo­ple su­ing about that as well. It is time own­ers stopped get­ting pe­nal­ized for other peo­ple’s neg­li­gence. If peo­ple can’t use a lit­tle com­mon sense, what else are they go­ing to start get­ting away with? Michelle Alt­house-Barker Ray, Ohio

“The Case of the ‘Vi­cious’ Horse” might be a wake-up call for many of us. I agree with a pre­vi­ous let­ter writer who said, “Most peo­ple th­ese days do not have a re­al­is­tic un­der­stand­ing of horses.”

I have a few friends at work who are just fas­ci­nated with my sto­ries! My very hand­some black-and-white Ten­nessee Walk­ing Horse al­most killed the neigh­bor’s dog a few months ago. We’ve had Tommy about four years, and he has been known to have a bit of a tem­per and has never been fond of dogs, es­pe­cially in his pas­ture. Our own dogs have learned to skedad­dle at the slight­est turn of his ears.

Un­for­tu­nately, the neigh­bor’s dog, a Jack Rus­sell who has slipped un­der our gate a cou­ple of times, got into the pas­ture when the two horses and the pony were run­ning about, buck­ing and play­ing. He went af­ter Tommy, who promptly kicked him, then tried to stomp him as the dog rolled around un­der his feet. I ran im­me­di­ately to the pas­ture to stop Tommy, and the dog ran back to his house.

The poor dog had a frac­tured skull and had to have his eye re­moved, but oth­er­wise he re­cov­ered and still races the fence line chas­ing the horses. Although Tommy is very sweet and re­spect­ful with peo­ple, I never com­pletely trust him with other an­i­mals in any sit­u­a­tion where he feels the least bit threat­ened or chal­lenged. It’s an­other ex­am­ple of how th­ese won­der­ful crea­tures show us that they each have their own per­son­al­ity, and how re­moved from the nat­u­ral (and wild) world many peo­ple have be­come. Bany Cran­mer Jupiter, Florida

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