Friday, September 12, 2008

'Blinders: The Movie' screenings

Do you remember when I blogged about a documentary about New York City's horse carriage industry?

Well, the wait is finally over! Blinders will be showing at several screenings in select cities over the next month or so. For those of us who don't live in those cities (of which New York is one, of course), the documentary should be out on DVD soon.

I'm looking forward to seeing it!



At September 12, 2008 at 11:48 PM, Anonymous michaleenflynn52 said...

Well, I gave it my best shot, and gave you the benefit of the doubt. I always try to treat people the way I would like to be treated, included listening to their side of the story.

Unfortunately, it's apparent that you are not only drinking the humaniac Kool Aid, but you are defensive and closed-minded as well.

Bad combination.

You blithely blog about Panama being left out in the field to overheat and/or colic (and admit that the barn didn't even have a thermometer handy!), post pictures of the awful wound he got at turn out from a wire fence, lost so much weight that you could "feel his spine", and forced him over bridges, rode on residential streets filled with cars, lawnmowers, et al, while at the same constantly telling us about how many times you fell off him (should a novice who is constantly falling off really be riding her horse in a residential area?!).


And then you have the unmitigated gall to pass judgment on the carriage business?

It would be laughable if it weren't so absurd.

In 27 years driving a carriage, my horses have NEVER gotten any significant wounds of any kind, never dropped so much weight that I could "feel his spine", was never left to overheat, and I have never fallen off my carriage or lost control of it.

If the filmmaker from Blinders was so inclined, he could patch together a string of your words & pics, and do a hatchet job on you the same way he did on us.

As far as not being a "humaniac", you state quite clearly that you support PETA. I think it's time you read their mission statement - they propose a gradual phase out of ALL animal use by humans.

They DO NOT approve of the bit that you put in Panama's mouth, nor the fact that you ride on his back.

Speaking of which, saying that horses weren't made to pull carriages in the city....hmmm, says who? It could be said that they are also not made to have steel in their mouth & on their feet, and to have person riding on their back, forcing them with "a few pops to the belly" to cross a bridge.

You are a novice in every way - this is your first horse, yet you see fit to condemn people who have a lifetime of experience and love for their horses - people you have never even met! From race horses to carriage horses, anyone who does differently from YOU, new horse owner and crappy rider, must be wrong. WOW.

Your lack of critical thinking skills and inability and/or unwillingness to look for an objective truth of a given situation will certainly not bode well for you - either in your writing career or in horsemanship (you put your horse, yourself, and others in danger by not wanting to see the truth that your horse needed a more severe bit, for instance).

Folks like you find a comfortable spot in their worldview, and dig in, never allowing the ebb and flow of information and perspective to infiltrate.

It's a real pity.

Good luck with that.

At September 13, 2008 at 12:46 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

The above comment is simply the response I got from a horse-carriage driver who tried to convince me that their view is the "truth," and then got pissed off at me when I didn't agree.

You can read the emails and comments that came before this one here.


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