King’s horse kills suffragette and fancy PJ’s for horses

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June 2, 2013 – Jerry Finch

Killed by the King's horse

Killed by the King’s horse

In the struggle to win the right to vote in a world pretty much controlled by men, it took some nasty deeds to make changed. So it was with strong determination that Emily Wilding Davison jumped over the rails and stood in front of Anmer, the thoroughbred owned by King George V. Four days  later, on June 8, 1913, she died.

It wasn’t until 1918 that her efforts finally paid off and women over the age of 30 were allowed to vote in England. The US finally gave in in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment. Read the story at The News Straits Times. 

Ponder this point – look at how long it took and how much activism had to take place to finally bring about a change. When we look back on all we’ve done to bring a halt to horse slaughter, and how strongly the “establishment” has fought us, we can see the parallels between our drive and so many others.

Movements are taking place of which many of you might disagree, but that isn’t the point. Many women disagreed and actively fought against suffrage. our lessons lay not in the positive or negative effects you might believe of certain movements, but in the methods used. In gaining knowledge of our next steps, it would be wise of all of us not to argue the points of disagreement, but to study the methods. What worked? What didn’t?

Women’s suffrage, racial integration, immigration rights – all movements have something to teach us, so that someday our kids can say, “My folks helped stop horse slaughter.” It will happen, even if at the moment it seems like we will never win.

No matter how hard you try, you will never look this cool.

No matter how hard he tries, your horse will never look this cool.

In case you didn’t notice, there are approximately 25 gazillion flies buzzing around, plus 37 gazillion mosquitos. All of them want to land on your horse and do disgusting things, causing horse owners to spend 75 gazillion dollars trying to keep our horses from going insane from the constant buzzing and bites.

Some folks buy fly sheets, but there are a couple of ladies in England who came up with something so completely cool that your horse will be the envy of herds all around the neighborhood.

In a story posted on Wales Online, horse-loving duo Jessica Clarke, 20, and Annie Brown, 18, designed what they call “the onesies” and have received orders from across the globe. Because of their success, Annie and Jessica are hoping to give back to the community, using their 4,500 plus strong Facebook community to help horse charities.

I’m not waiting. My order is in the mail for the zebra colored PJ’s for my horse Pete.

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
6 Comments
  • Daryl

    Sorry but my horses will not for sure wear PJ’S, it is hard enough to cloth us I will not buy cloths for my horses, horse blankets for certain things yes, fly sheets yes, but that is about it .

    June 2, 2013
  • Sue

    The movie “Milk” was shown last night on USA Network. Those events happened in the late 1970s, and only now are Gays finally getting the equal rights they deserve.

    June 2, 2013
  • Consider garlic powder as a supplement in your horse feed. Used it last summer and it worked like a charm. I began using it about 3 weeks ago, because it takes a while to enter the skin. Flies will land on your horse, but then take off…no bites. Also works for mosquitoes and gnats. It can be purchased online at http://www.springtimeinc.com

    June 2, 2013
  • Nancy B

    Quite a thought provoking article. I didn’t know about Emily Wilding Davison. Strong determination yes, and nerves of steel as well! That’s an incredible thing to do. And, perhaps, the epitome of passion. So then what, I wonder, would an eqiuvalent feat in the fight against horse slaughter? To step into the path of an oncoming semi-truck filled with horses headed for the border? I imagine that would garner a significant amount of attention. I hope a less lethal approach, still greatly influential, can be found.

    Thanks for the reminder that Horse slaughter will eventually end. It does sometimes feel as though it will not.

    June 2, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    What a riot, I love it, but it gets so so hot here no way I could put them on my horses…. BUT great idea….. Great cute idea 🙂

    June 2, 2013
  • sherriey

    i have to agree with Debbie Tracy….too hot here to wear horse cloths in summer. blankets in winter, yes, but…summer gets way too hot and i’d worry about heat exhaustion.

    thanks for a positive thought on slaughter…..sometimes i just get so depressed reading about another road-block….it seems it will never end and that all we do is to no avail. sometimes i get so tired of bad news…i just don’t respond here. others say it all before me. we all need positive reinforcement once in awhile to keep us going…..its hard to fight a never ending fight day after day….its like a never ending war…..i pray we will see an end in my lifetime.

    June 2, 2013