09 Aug 2021
Born to see your own world #horseswithoutequestrianism
Born to see your own world.
Born to be a protagonist, born to be able to actively construct, or create, your own subjective representation of an objective reality [Francesco De Giorgio].
Now that the images of the disastrous usage of horses during the olympics will slowly fade away, it is up to a world-wide awareness to figure out, that the -images- are not the problem.
As behind every image, there are countless other horses ignored and consumed to practice. Countless horses, in an extended equestrian culture – not born to be themselves, but born to be an object. Analysed and observed, even from before they were born, by their physical abilities, predicted by bloodlines, by how they move from the moment they set their hooves on the ground, how they can be stimulated – a ground that should be theirs to explore, in every step they make – not hooves owned by a human desire to give them a physical-mechanistic destination.
So no – do not analyse what you see in the competition images, risking the (by now extremely boring) excuse of “it was just the glimpse of a moment”, but put in full discussion the usage of other animals, no matter how ‘neat’ the image is. As the question is why it is still accepted that nonhuman animals should fit a human benefit.
Stand up for anti-speciesism, call out for inclusion, make a stand against all forms of discrimination, but be aware that inclusion starts when we learn to see someone for who they are – not for what we want them to be. Born to be preserved in their own interest in life, in their family, in the world around them.
And “just say no” – instead of fantasising about the presence of horses in Olympics without coercion. As it is not the absence of a bit, a spur a whip, or an iron that liberates a horse – it is the despeciesizing of the human mind.
More about a changing perspective in the book Equus Lost? currently available as Ebook