May 31, 2015 Leave a comment
Today for the first time in my life I went to see the horse riding competition in Cabourg.
It was little rainy but the weather was just fine. I was quite excited to see how it goes. In the middle of Hippodrome there were shops selling gears. I looked around first some helmets and when I saw the price, I couldn’t breath hahaha. 750 euros for one helmet !!! I quietly left the shop and started to watch the competition. There were three people (two girls and one boy they seem around seventeen to nineteen years old) on the competition stage. They looked great and their horse obviously are good breeds tall and strong, wearing ear bonnets. One girl set off for a nice jump but before the middle poll she had some problem; I felt it instantly. The horse didn’t make it (of course) and this girl was upset, she whipped her horse. I was really not feeling well. Then I saw another girl gave a whip to her horse whatever the reason was…. I didn’t want to watch it any more. I walked away with totally broken heart. So many horses were outside parking confined in a box waiting for their turn. I looked their eyes, I couldn’t read their emotions. So these are all part of competition….
I heard girls saying often ‘oh they don’t feel much pain, they have strong physic, a whip doesn’t do any harm. You have to show them that you are the controller.’ Horse doesn’t feel much pain? How do we know that? Why they move the way you want when you hit them? Because they didn’t want you to hit them. Why? Because they dont’ like it. Why? Because it hurts!
I’ve been doing horse riding for 5 months now which means still very beginner level but each time of riding, the feeling of pleasure increases. What I’m learning from horse riding is actually great. I learn how to communicate with them, how they behave, how they react and how my body can be rhythmical through horse’s movement. But the true factor of horse riding is that horses are sacrificing for my pleasure. I try to understand what they meant when they refuse my asking instead of ‘making them listen’. Some advanced level people kept saying that I needed to be more forceful. But even though I am just a beginner I feel that I have to find my own way to communicate with riding horses without any form of violence. Otherwise there is no point doing horse riding.
Horse riding is a relationship with horses. It’s not a sport like surfing, cycling or skateboarding. It is involved with living animals who feel the emotion (pain and joy). They are not machines or slaves. The direct contact with animals should make our love to grow deeper and thoughtful for the world. I intend to continue riding until the session is over but now a question remains in my mind. Is it enough to ride with caring and loving mind or should I give up horse riding.. if there is a way to do horse riding without giving them pain, I will continue and if not I won’t.
On the way back home I was driving with sadness of witnessing the violence in teenage girls.I think they don’t know what they are doing. Riding an animal who can’t speak and feeling superior over him is not that difficult thing to do as healthy egocentric human. In the vast yellow flowery Spring field far from the road where I was driving, there were herds of horses and cows. The beauty which doesn’t belong to human’s possession. Being human who have tremendous capacity to care and think more, can be so meaningless when we are ignorant… The lies we make and we don’t want to correct them because there are such pleasures on our side… But this world is made for fairness, without it everything doesn’t go as it should be. Outside my window every drop of rain is absorbed by earth and all greens are moving very subtle by shallow wind.