“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."

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.
Ranch Manager

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Slaughter and the Brainwashing Methods of the Pro Horse Side

http://forums.prospero.com/alexbrown/messages?msg=44690.1 The January thaw is almost over, and we're sure to get another big storm or two that will keep us indoors with nothing to do. When those few days arrive, grab a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa, and read this one. I was entertained to say the least to hear how we on the Pro horse side are busy brainwashing people, and sending our armies out to gather recruits. But, in truth, we couldn't get 'em if those wonderful, kind hearted people on ABR didn't send them running for the hills. State an opinion on Slaughter that differs from theirs, and the attack begins. I won't give up all of the highlights, but I will tell you that one of my all time favorite ABR members really outdoes herself on this thread! It's also been determined that we Pro Horse people should not be allowed to adopt horses or operate Rescues. Do you think we'll have ANY rights left when this is all over with? There are the small range of opinions we've come to expect on ABR, some posts I couldn't understand, and the usual drama, but, if you're snowed in, and there's nothing on the telly, I think you'll enjoy this one. The insight on the Pro Horse side alone is worth the read.
By: Ranch Hand 2

Monday, January 18, 2010

Pop Quiz Time…..

Who Can Tell Which of These Mares Came From the Big Name Breeder?

Backyard Breeders, Big Name Breeders, "Puppymill" Ranches…… these are a few of the terms to identify people perceived to be at the root of the problem by the New Age Horse Savior Cult. These people are drawn into the arguments to support their agenda every time yet another pro-slaughter fact or opinion is mentioned. Rescues are telling us no one can care for horses as well as they do.
I believe they don’t have any first hand idea who or what they are talking about, much less what any horses from these situations look like in the flesh. I think they only recognize what they have been shown on the internet. I think they want to believe in the set stereotypes because it is easier. Easier to spread hate, distrust, disrespect, and all the emotions running so rampant on the forums where there is a visual “example” of the horror to rally around.
What if the majority of the horses looked different from the stereotypical image projected by the Fuglies, Johns, Alexes, or whomevers?
I thought it would be fun to use four of my own mares for a pop quiz. I consider myself a very average trainer/dealer/anything for a buck and just because I have them in blood horsemen. I have sold/trained/and owned many nice horses over the years. I can put a pretty decent handle on one. When I am finished with most horses, most people can get along with them. I won’t ever start a breeding dynasty, show a world champion, or see my name up in lights as a clinician, but I like to think I do okay.
Hopefully this quiz will at least lend question to a few of the myths and stereotypes being promoted in the anti-slaughter agenda.
These are mares I own or have owned. They are all mature mares of predominantly performance horse breeding. One is solid color APHA, the other three are AQHA. The youngest was eight when these photos were taken. The oldest was fifteen. Two are the products of backyard breeders. One is from a big name breeder, “own daughter/legends pedigree mare.” One is a “ranch puppymill breeder” mare.
One is in training to be remarketed. One has been a broodmare her entire life. One is my “go to horse” that I wish was a gelding. Two are saddle horse fit and two are “pasture” condition. Remember our long ago discussion of drugged horsemeat? One of these mares has never had any vet care other than worming with ivermectin, although she is halter broken. Can you tell which one has had the lifetime of neglect?
That’s the test for all the competent horsemen of the New Age Horse Savior Cult. Put your hands in the air and tell me which one of my mares is which, using your vast practical knowledge.

The little fellow in the photo is my BYB contribution for 2009 to the horse overpopulation. But here’s the thing, I will complete his paperwork, geld him, ride him, fit him, and give him an honest resume at my cost BEFORE I ever expect anyone else to be responsible for him.
By RH1