“The greatest deterrent
to freedom are men and women of zeal, well-meaning, but
without knowledge or understanding.”
~Justice Louis Brandeis~

"People are so quick to defend their own agendas, but they so often fail to realize we must protect the rights of all if we are to continue to have any rights of our own."
~Jenqu~

Ranch meaning, in general, any real world dwelling probably not involving full care board. Kind of a rural voice of real horse owners, trainers, traders, auction owners, rodeo contractors, etc.. all of us who have taken a verbal beating and called greedy ass hats. Back at the Ranch contributors, moderators, subjects, and so on, are pro-horse, pro-owner, and pro-slaughter.
Back at the Ranch was formed by a group of like minded horse / livestock owners. It is a place for us to try to educate, a place to vent our frustrations with the current equine industry, a place to share humor and snark, and in general try to open the eyes of the public who seem to be anti-agriculture.We do have a section for comments of course, and if you would like to email us you can do so directly or through the contact us form. We like to hear from our readers. I hope you enjoy reading our blog as much as I enjoy managing it.
Sincerely,
Ranch Manager
manager_back_at_the_ranch@yahoo.com

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Taking on the Thoroughbred Industry

* http://forums.delphiforums.com/SSSER/messages?msg=45.1
Can David take on Goliath with the truth? Will anyone listen? Does anyone care? With the banning of an outspoken member from the ABR forum by Alex Brown, we now have a new voice speaking out. I'm impressed. Many, myself included have long felt that while speaking loudly against Slaughter, Alex Brown was in no way going to bite the hand that feeds him. He was not going to speak out against the Thoroughbred Industry, and the common practices that put the horses at the sales and on the trucks that lead to the plants. Alex may be a crusader, but he's no fool. The Slaughter issue has been a distraction for the issues that plague the Thoroughbred Industry. Breaking down, drugging, and throwing away horses not yet in their prime is not an issue Mr. Brown really wants to discuss. The fact that he has gone to the extent of banning those who DO want to discuss these issues is proof of his determination to keep the dissenting voices on ABR silent. It is often said on the forum that "Barbaro will lead the way". He could have. But as long as Alex is at the helm, Barbaro will be the symbol for the Anti Slaughter issue, rather than what he truly is. Barbaro, in truth was another case of a great horse started too soon, broken down, and lost to the racing world too early. Those wishing to deal with the realities of the Racing Industry on ABR will be silenced quickly. There is now a new venue to voice those concerns for the Industry and the horses that are being lost because of it. Time will tell if anyone will listen, or care. But for now, at least those who wish to speak can do so without the censorship prevalent on ABR.
By RH2

*Delphi Forum - Voiceforhorses

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