Black Beauty is the autobiography of a horse. Yes, it’s told from the horse’s point of view. I think the most interesting part of the story though is all the different people he meets. Some are kind to him and others are cruel. I used to own horses and have worked at a ranch as well, so I enjoyed this story and found it realistic even though it’s mainly for kids.
Here are a couple of horse abuse stories I witnessed.
The ranch I worked had 44 stalls with an indoor arena and large pasture. I was in charge of cleaning 22 stalls, feeding all of the horses and letting out half of them to go out into the pasture. Why did only half get to go out? Half of the horses were owned by individual owners just for fun. These horses were let out into the pasture every day. The other half were more expensive show horses and a trainer was in charge of them. He didn’t want them to get any scratches or any possible injuries, so they lived in stalls. Some of the horses circled around in their stalls all day. The trainer was a horrible person to say the least. When he trained the horses he used to whip them continually. He would tie their heads down into the desired position for shows and leave them all sweaty in their stalls with all the tack on for a few hours. All of his horses had scars at the corners of their mouths from the harsh bits he used. The people who owned the horses were never there to see it. The owner of the ranch allowed this to go on because she had a 10K per month lease on the place. I was only about 22 when this happened, and it was a summer job. When fall came, I went back to college.
One time, I sold a horse because everyone was saying I was too tall for her. So I sold her to a farm because they were interested in her for breeding with their stallion. Just for fun, I came back in the spring to visit because I knew she was due to have her foal. To my shock, they had not been feeding the horses regularly or cleaning the stalls. My former horse had her ribs sticking out even though she was pregnant. They also became hostile when asked about it. I tried to help them get their horse barn in order, but they just weren’t doing anything. I ended up reporting them and the horses were removed from their farm.
So if your looking for a great book try Black Beauty.
As for me, I owned six horses over the years and eventually I gave up on the whole ranch idea when I got married.
|Skipper and me back in the day.|