Always Trust Your Heart


“Killer horses”

I first heard that phrase when I started hanging around horse folks during my pre-teen years. Usually it applied to some snorting, fire-breathing monster of a horse stuck in a stall way back in the barn. We were taught to be scared of them. “They’ll kill ya’ in a second.”

That was a long time ago. Those who enjoy horse slaughter for fun and profit use it now as one of their 10,000 excuses why the only good horse is a dead horse. Of the 5,000 plus horses I’ve personally handled over the last few years, I can honestly say that I’ve only handled one that qualified as a “killer horse.” After a month of special training, instead of breathing fire, he was letting a little girl ride him.

Far too many horses learn to hate humans early in life. Beaten, abused, cursed, most turn inward and become mentally empty. A few fight back, as they should. They get sold, someone else tries to “train” them by beating them up and bucking them out, eventually  giving up and hauling them back to the auction. We all know what eventually happens.

Bottom line – people make killer horses, and very special people can turn those horses into perfect companions. All it takes is…..

Watch the video, then finish the sentence.


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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Debbie Tracy

    Oh my goodness tears are flowing so wonderful, can’t even begin to tell you how much I love horses, they are indeed the most sensitive loving magnificent animals on this earth BEAUTY TO BEHOLD………….Thank You for this……. 🙂

    July 20, 2013
  • Annonymous

    As usual, your words accompanied by your heartfelt passion for what it is you do best, will reach out to touch many hearts. By touching the hearts, you will continue to help every horse you can. This piece, with the accompanying video, shows there is hope, even for the ones labeled ‘killers’. I will be forever grateful for the three I have personally adopted from Habitat for Horses…without you, they might not have been spared the cruelty of the slaughter house. Thank you for following your dream to help!

    July 20, 2013
  • Robyn

    Beautiful!! Love this Paint!!…Amazing story of killer horses…
    Goes to show you it’s Killer(destructive) People not Killer Horses………A different environment and a kind loving person with patience makes a horse..

    July 21, 2013
  • Robynne Catheron

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you.

    July 21, 2013
  • Bob

    This is great – and true. But some horses get so much abuse that they harbor dangerous behaviors mixed with the appearance of re-gentled trust. My own recent experience (I rescue and rehab neglect and abuse cases) with an abused rescue adds the caution that until you’re SURE (which is not really possible), an abused horse (yes – PEOPLE make dangerous horses) can REALLY hurt, or kill you. I was sure the guy I was working with was acclimated to me: hooked on, followed like a puppy, easy to groom (but a little twitchy on those hocks), lead like a champ – right at the shoulder, stopped when I did, shifted as I shifted my weight. … was meh-ok with his front feet … didn’t like hinds touched — and even though he was at liberty and could have just walked off or hopped sideways, when I went to gently ask for that left hind hoof I never saw it snap up and hit me in the head – he took aim and fired FAST. No refusal first, no twitch, nothing … so MOST respond really well to re-gentling. But some … Some have had so much damage done to their trust that they will strike first. And a dishonest horse, one that has been conditioned by people and bad handling or abuse to hide it’s reactions and emotions, is indeed dangerous. And can be tough to spot.

    July 21, 2013
  • You’re right: this brought tears! Inspiring example of power of love between a spirit in human form and a spirit in horse form. Some real important messages here and so well expressed in the song.

    July 22, 2013
  • Valerie W.

    How about “killer humans” instead! Animals are not usually born to be mean or aggressive, or to attack & kill people. People make them that way! There is no such thing as a bad animal, unless it was born with a mental disability, only bad humans! Humans are by far, the most dangerous “animals” on this planet.

    July 29, 2013