On the “for­ever home”

EQUUS - - Eq Letters -

Thank you for “Be­yond the For­ever Home” (Per­spec­tive, EQUUS 470). I have been ad­vo­cat­ing this point for years. Keep­ing a horse “for­ever” is not nec­es­sar­ily a good thing. When you are un­happy, fright­ened or oth­er­wise un­com­fort­able in your re­la­tion­ship with your horse, you need to re­al­ize that your horse may be just as dis­sat­is­fied as you are. The truth is that you both could be hap­pier with a bet­ter match. The horse might wel­come a new home and a chance to bond with some­one who could ap­pre­ci­ate him for who he is. It is un­fair ego on your part to think no one else could love or care for him as you do.

Lov­ing horses is a won­der­ful thing, but no love should be blind. Let the in­firm rest in peace, give the young the ed­u­ca­tion they need to hold their own in the world, and let go. Deb Tomp­kins Greenville, New York

I wanted to shout “Yes!” af­ter read­ing “Break­ing At­tach­ments” (Let­ters, EQUUS 471), which was writ­ten in re­sponse to “Be­yond the For­ever Home.” Most peo­ple keep their cats and dogs for life, form­ing tight fam­ily bonds they wouldn’t think of break­ing. Yet so many peo­ple fail to of­fer their horses the same sta­bil­ity.

If sport is all that peo­ple want, then sen­tient be­ings are the wrong ve­hi­cle. Horses have needs for at­tach­ment, fam­ily and trust­ing re­la­tion­ships. When we trade them like cars we no longer want, we ig­nore their very essence as be­ings. I hope more peo­ple will think about “re­hom­ing” if they truly care about their horses’ well-be­ing. Shera Felde Bend, Ore­gon

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