Your blog has left me in tears.... I have a beautiful mare whom I adore and I didn't realise that riding her was causing such pain to her. I ride bitless and don't compete and I thought that by ensuring her saddle fit well and that she had regular massage and chiro checks (they said she was never sore in the back or anywhere else) that I was taking good care of her. I feel so horrible for riding her now. My heart is literally broken that I've done that to my mare who I love so, so much.
you could still ride for 15 minutes, remove the saddle though, I admire you for going bitless so do not be so hard on yourself as most equestrians would not even do that.
Incase you were wondering, actually riding a horse without a saddle makes the horses back more sore, and causes more problems than riding with one. Saddles are meant to evenly distribute the riders weight and keep the weight off of pressure points. By riding without a saddle it can cause major back issues for the horse leaving it with ulcers and other unpleasant defaults. That is the reason for saddles, they aren’t meant to make people look fancy, or to help stabilize the rider, its for the horses health.
YOU ARE AN ANIMAL ABUSER IN DENIAL. EQUINE STUDIES SHOW THAT ALL HORSES ARE HARMED THROUGH RIDING
Preface Throughout the whole of human history, people have done horrible things to animals and to each other out of lack of education and lack of development. Now, that we are in a time of abundant knowledge and developmental growth, we feel it is the time to show that this damage and pain is still happening with horses. Riding is a daily practice performed by people who claim to love their horses. Few people realize that the horse is not designed to be ridden. The horse should not be ridden at the cost of their health and well- being. For many it is time to re-think tradition and to face the scientific facts which enable us to question traditions we take for granted.
The kind of love that knowingly causes damage and pain to another is an unhealthy and even a sick kind of love. It is happening through the people who ride and use horses for their own pleasure or profit above the actual welfare of the horse. I state that there is not one, single horse who likes to be ridden. We would like to believe they like it, but that does not make it true.
Horses usually suffer silently, but when one sees behaviours and actions such as these, the horse is actually communicating it’s suffering:
- Horse jerks or flinches while being groomed
- Horse dishes the back ventrally when touched
- Horse refuses to give a hoof for cleaning
- Particular body regions are very hot
- Horse prefers one body position, such as: holding head only on one side or the other, tail only on one side or the other, only one hind leg is exonerated, not the other, etc.
- Horse presses it’s head against solid objects
- Grinding of teeth, wind sucking, cribbing, chewing on ropes
- Horse does not want to move
- Head shaking
- Horse defends himself, rears (rises up), bucks, kicks under or out behind, holds head extremely high
- Horse is lame
If your horse is showing lameness, then you should know that your horse suffers pain.
There are many people who can see or feel what is going on in a horses’ body. Many of these people have nothing to do with horses, meaning that they do not keep them or do not desire anything income profit or use from them. This is a very interesting subject, as those people have no difficulties in understanding even the most complicated biomechanical mechanism just by feeling and use of common-sense. It seems to me that only people who want to use the horse in some way need proof of this causing of damage and pain. I think bringing to light the ethical reasons one should not use another creature for one’s own aims and desires should be enough, but I am aware that there are people who have no such attitude. So it is necessary that we must now go deeper into the subject with scientific knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics.
The skeletal system is the rigid framework of bones which gives rise to the body shape and also protects internal organs.
In this section of the study I would like to focus on Columna Vertebralis (def. The series of vertebrae that extend from the cranium (head) to the coccyx (tail bone), providing support and forming a flexible bony case for the spinal cord); and I would like to focus on back problems in general.
The bones of the vertebral column are divided into five groups:
- Cervical: 7 vertebrae
- Thoracic: 18 vertebrae (may vary from 17 to 19)
- Lumbar: 6 vertebrae (may vary from 5 to 7)
- Sacral: 5 vertebrae (fused together to form the sacrum)
- Coccygeal: 15 to 21 vertebrae
Cervical: The flexible group of cervical vertebrae supports the skull and neck. Holding the head erect develops and maintains the cerviacal curvature. The 1st and 2nd cervical vertebrae are unique, as is the 7th with its prominent spine. The formation of the transverse processes of C1-C6 serves to transmit the vertebral arteries to the base of the brain. This series of vertebral formations also forms a canal for the spinal cord.
Thoracic: This rather rigid group of thoracic vertebrae, with which the ribs articulate, supports the thorax. Its prominent curvature is developed during fetal growth. Thoracic vertebrae are characterized by long slender spines, heart-shaped bodies, and by facets for rib articulation.
Lumbar: These stubby, quadrilateral lumbar vertebrae, carry a large share of the body’s weight, balancing the torso on the sacrum. The lumbar curvature develops by straight line walking and by standing erect. The lumbar vertebral group is quite mobile. When rising from the ground and flexing this group, great pressure is put on the discs, which may induce their rupture if the body is compromised or damaged in some way. It may injure the spinal nerves which pass from the spinal cord through the inter- vertebral formations.
Sacrum: Five sacral vertebrae fuse to form this single bone. The sacrum transmits the body weight to the hip joints via its articulation with the pelvic guide.
Intervertebral discs are located between the vertebrae. External fibres merge with the longitudinal, ventral and dorsal ligaments. There are distinct and very different short and long ligaments located along the Vertebral Column.
Short ligaments are:
- Ligamanta Flava
- Interspinal Ligamants
- Intertransverse Ligaments
The long ligaments - placed over more vertebrae :
- Nuchal Ligament (Funiculus Nuchae, Lamina Nuchae)
- Supraspinal Ligament
- Longitudinal Ventral Ligament
- Longitudinal Dorsal Ligament
The Nuchal Ligament extends from the external occipital protuberance, runs above the cervical vertebrae and attaches to thoracic vertebrae 3, 4 and 5, where it then continues into the more rigid Supraspinal Ligament, which runs along the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae where it continues into the Longitudinal Ligament that attaches to the second sacral vertebrae. Together these ligaments create one long continuous ligament of various strengths and densities from the skull to the sacrum, to support the entire vertebral column.
Knowledge about load capacity, kinematics, dynamic and bio-mechanic functions are necessary for the understanding of the complex functions of Columna Vertebralis, and of course of the horse’s body in general.
Zschokke (1892) made the first exacting investigations on the flexibility of the vertebral column. The Supra-spinal Ligament is very important for the stability of the vertebral column and the spinous processes of the vertebrae. Removal of the first 5 spinous processes of vertebrae under a weight of 80 kg (176 lbs.) caused the vertebrae to crack. By removal of all spinous processes from the vertebrae, the vertebrae then cracked under a weight of only 8-10 kg (17-22 lbs.).
He discovered that in a back with intact spinous process of each vertebrae, the avarage sinking of the back under a weight of only 50-80 kg (110-176 lbs.) was 4 cm!!! Enough sinking to cause the spinous processes to touch and rub against one another under that weight.
EVERY horse ridden without natural free collection or longer than 15 minutes a day suffers pain. And some will still have back problems even if this parameter is considered. It is very logical, one does not need comprehensive anatomy and biomechanical knowledge to understand this. What happens with human tissue under pressure? How long must there be pressure until it starts to become painful or numb? Horses and humans are both mammals, so it is the same feeling. What happens to such a delicate organ as the vertebral column under weight? What happens by dorso-flexion? [MAKSIDA, FOR THE SAKE OF THE NEW READER CAN WE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS HERE SO THE INFO SINKS IN BETTER?]
Back problems can be classified into three basic types of injuries involving either the muscles,
tendons and ligaments (soft tissue injuries), bones and joints (osseous injuries) or nervous system (neurologic disorders). They all interact with each other. There is no single disorder in the body that does not simultaneously affect the entire body as well.
Primarily, back injuries affect the paraspinal musculature or vertebral articulations. Severe injuries may gradually improve but never totally resolve or they may subsequently develop debilitating arthritis or soft tissue fibrosis. Chronic over-use injuries (microtrauma), are caused due to poor saddle fit, riding times in general, shoeing and other manipulations on or of the horses body. [MAKSIDA, WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU MEAN BY OTHER MANIPULATIONS?]
There is direct link between biomechanical and pathological changes in the vertebral column.
Townsend (1985) and Daemmrich (1993) found out that osteophytes (bone spurs) on the ventral vertebrae usually appear between thoracic vertebrae 10 to thoracic vertebrae 17, and the biggest osteophytes appear at thoracic vertebrae 11 to thoracic vertebrae 13, in the area where the human sits on the horses back; this area suffers maximum lateroflexion and axial rotation. The kissing spine syndrome is based on repeated imposed or forced (un- physiological) lowering of the vertebral column. This happens automatically by… riding.
All horses are affected by riding and the laws of biomechanics are clear. For the older horses it is more dangerous, as older horses, like elderly humans, are susceptible to loss of vertebral
column flexibility, joint degeneration and loss of muscle strength. Aged horses also have increased healing times and increased chances of having chronic conditions or abnormal musculoskeletal compensations from prior injuries.
To be continued…
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Krankheiten der Gelenke
I didn’t know there were twenty thousand vegans on tumblr!!!
You can be against animal cruelty and not a vegan
You can be against animal cruelty and not be vegan, but that means you are still the reason 98% of animal cruelty is happening.
Eating meat is 100% unethical, unsustainable and unnecessary.
unnecessary?? who the fuck do you think you’re fooling lmaofucking preach I’m tired of this anti-meat BS
cam ily but its true that the meat industry is completely unsustainable. not only are most slaughterhouses horrifically unethical, the way we have bred cows and other animals meant for produce has meant that they are completely incapable of existing without these farms. animal rights aside, the environmental impact is MASSIVE and frankly inexcusable. im not saying like. everyone has the means and ability to go veg but defending the industry is just. bad.
yeah basically the meat industry is god awful. *eating meat isn’t unnecessary for lots of reasons (cultural, economic, physically Can’t Go Veg bc of eating disorder/other illness etc) but it’s a terrible terrible system that really needs to be overhauled 100% and certainly shrunk down from the industrial process that it is today. meat industry is bad
Economic and ethical issues aside, I’d like to point out that this chart is extremely misleading. There’s no such thing as “250 beefs”. Presumably it means that the space can sustain 250 cows, so just think for a second about how much more biomass and potential nutritional value there is in a whole cow vs a carrot. 250 cows may not be 30,000 carrots’ worth, but it’s pretty close.
And it’s not like one cow only feeds one person, either. A carrot is good for one meal, but a whole cow can provide as many as 20 cuts of meat, so a fair comparison would put the number of beef servings as high as 5,000, or at least 2,000 if we’re talking about large steaks.
I neither support nor oppose the meat industry as it stands, but I vehemently oppose misinformation or misrepresentation of statistics. Obviously everybody is entitled to their own opinion on how best to solve the world’s food crisis, and everybody is entitled to their own set of ethical values, but misleading infographics like this are not in anybody’s best interests.
Actually no, this chart isn’t misleading at all. It doesn’t say “250 beefs,” it says 250lbs of beefs. The title at the top of the chart says “POUNDS of food that can be produced from an acre of prime farm land.” 250lbs of beef can not make 2000 steaks. And just saying, there is MUCH more nutritional value in carrots compared to beef. I oppose misinformation too, which is why whenever people say eating meat is good or healthy or doesn’t hurt the environment I’m like “CAN YOU PLEASE JUST STOP” because if anyone says that they are obviously very very misinformed and probably brainwashed too, and now that I know the truth I feel like it’s my responsibility to educate the people that believe this. There is nothing inaccurate about this chart, I’m tired of people reblogging this saying “I don’t believe this, where are the sources?” like excuse me are you blind it’s right on the bottom where it says “source.” Like I said in the original caption: Eating meat is 100% unethical, unsustainable and unnecessary.
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ARE YOU KIDDING ME
I think I’ve reblogged this before bUT I DONT CARE ITS SO CUTE
What's your opinion on killing pests? (Such as flies, mosquitoes, spiders)
I disagree with it, they are in no way dangerous (depending on where you live of course) I mean if I was about to be bitten by some poisons spider then obviously I’d kill it … self defense. But I live in England so, I just let them be :)