You'll notice in our pictures from New York City that Pam is holding a sign that simply says, "Beautiful Horse."
Blue Star Equiculture is launching our "Beautiful Horse" campaign. What, you may ask, is the "Beautiful Horse" campaign.
Blue Star Equiculture's co-founder, Christina Hansen, explains:
Last September, Blue Star Equiculture participated in the Tub Parade in Lenox, MA. The Tub Parade, sponsored by the Colonial Carriage and Driving Society, is a carriage parade that harkens back a Gilded Age tradition of showing off fine horses in harness at the end of the summer season in the Berkshires. Blue Star brought Daisy and Kelly and our 1890s-era vis-a-vis, and had gotten them all gussied up and ready to go. The farm where we parked the trailer was a good mile and half away from the center of town where the parade was to be.
Justin was driving the girls, and I was up on the driver's box as well. We were gussied up ourselves, in standard carriage driver wear: top hats, tails, the whole nine yards. As the girls approached the edge of town, where the "neighborhood" started, Justin and I spotted, in the distance, a pair of 20-something young women holding a posterboard. Now, mind you, Justin and I are both former carriage drivers from Philadelphia;
|Daisy and Kelly are BEAUTIFUL HORSES at the Tub Parade.
in our experience, there is only one reason anyone shows up around horses with a posterboard, and that is to protest the alleged "slavery" or "abuse" of the carriage horses.
"Oh, you have GOT to be kidding me. Seriously?" Justin grumbled, as we both sat up stiffly, and the tension level spiked.
"Keep driving," I said. "I'll take care of them if they give us any trouble." [Remember that carriage drivers have not only been verbally attacked, but have also been physically assaulted by anti-carriage-horse protesters.]
Justin and I were prepared to protect Daisy and Kelly from these women with the posterboard by whatever means necessary, when we got close enough to read the sign.
It simply said, "Beautiful Horse."
The women started clapping. "Beautiful horses!" they exclaimed.
|Conor's horse, Rosie, is a BEAUTIFUL HORSE.
I just about burst into tears. The whole way through the Tub Parade, the crowd at Lenox was applauding all the horses. I heard so many "Thank you"s and "Beautiful horse"s... It was such a change from the usual experience that working carriage drivers like Justin, Pam and I have been through. When carriage drivers do the EXACT same thing as at the Tub Parade - that is, drive healthy, happy horses in harness - they hear "ANIMAL CRUELTY!" shouted at them out of car windows. Carriage drivers who would risk everything they have to protect their horses are routinely called "animal abusers" and "slave drivers."
As advocates for working horses, Blue Star Equiculture is working to change that. It's time for the emotional abuse of horsemen and horsewomen by people who are deliberately misled to end.
We want signs held up around carriage horses to read "Beautiful Horse!" We want what gets shouted at carriage drivers by bystanders to not be the grossly-misinformed "animal cruelty" but the TRUTH -- which is that a happy working horse in harness is a "BEAUTIFUL HORSE."
Follow us online to find out how to join the "Beautiful Horse" campaign and continue Blue Star Equiculture's work to draft a better future for horses, humans and Mother Earth.
|Pam and Christina in front of a row of BEAUTIFUL HORSES on the Plaza in New York.