I am a videographer in Portland, Oregon with a love for all things horses. Originally from Minnesota, my childhood was spent on racetracks across the Midwest. I am currently training my dream horse with hopes of excelling at dressage and Parelli. I have a Cairn Terrier, Ellie, and an old cat named Winston. I am fortunate to have a pretty nice boyfriend who understands and supports my love of horses. My blog helps keep a record of my successes and failures and helps friends and family enjoy the journey with me.
My good friend Beth has moved to NYC. We stayed up Monday night until 5am talking (and drinking:-) and then I had to take her to the airport. I am sad, but know this is a great opportunity. Portland feels a little empty with her gone, but she is going to have the time of her life working for CNN. She sent me this photo today of a carriage horse. There has been a lot of talk in equine magazines about the ban of carriage horses in the city. PETA and ASPCA are behind ban bills and petitions. They claim the use of the horses in the city is inhumane and the horses are subject to a grueling and danergous life on the streets, breathing exhaust fumes and living in cramped stables with no turnout. I have read arguments on the other side and the horse owners say their horses are their bread and butter and they are very well cared for and loved. For me, I would hate to see a ban, just an overhaul of the system. I think the more uses we find for horses, the better. I see the jobs for draft horses diminishing and it would be nice if the world had uses for these beautiful, big horses. If the city could impliment some sort of equine labor law and limit hours on the job, mandatory vet checks, and since they are such a tourist draw, maybe the city should subsidise the cost of transport and care of horses into the city from boarding stables with turnout. I would be happy if my tax dollars went to help these horses have a better life. Easy fix--and people can going on enjoying the beauty of these horses and the joy of just being around them and the horses are treated fairly and humanely. What are my readers thoughts on a carriage horse ban?