All horses are beautiful. A horse working happily in harness is especially beautiful.
Blue Star Equiculture encourages everyone who appreciates the beauty of a working horse to stop and let that horse's driver and anyone nearby that that horse is a "BEAUTIFUL HORSE!"
The "Beautiful Horse" campaign was started by Blue Star Equiculture in response to the singer Pink, who famously opined that the New York City carriage horses were somehow being abused (for a refutation of this spurious claim, click here) and that anyone who saw a horse-drawn carriage should stop and yell "ANIMAL CRUELTY" at the top of their lungs. Despite a lack of any evidence of cruelty - indeed, folks who agree with Pink believe that the very act of wearing harness constitutes "cruelty" - the practice of rolling down a car window or zipping past on a bike and screaming "ANIMAL CRUELTY" gained a sizeable following across the country. Carriage drivers, suffering from the strain of being called animal abusers day in and day out, continually get battered by this form of emotional abuse. This strategy espoused by Pink and other animal rights activists is not to tell the truth, but rather to use labels, such as "cruelty" and "abuse," to alienate carriage horse owners and to provoke carriage drivers to react angrily (the activists, having prodded carriage drivers to respond negatively through hurtful and hateful treatment, then turn around and ask "Why are you being so defensive? You must have something to hide!" when the carriage driver is merely insisting on the truth - that they do not abuse their horses, whom they love like family).
Blue Star believes that we can change the toxic atmosphere anti-carriage-horse groups have worked hard to create. By making a sign and holding it near where carriage horses are working and holding a pro-carriage-horse rally, by making it popular to shout "Beautiful Horse!" in appreciation of getting to see such a magnificent animal at work, by saying "Thank you!" to a hard working horselover for bringing his or her horse to work, we can change the culture. We can make it normal to appreciate a Beautiful Horse in harness.
This is an easy thing to do. It's a HAPPY thing to do. So the next time you see a carriage horse, yell "Beautiful Horse!"
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