More on “vicious” horses
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