As I said in my post yesterday, I’ve tried to stay out of this thread, as frankly, the subject brings back too many horrific memories. But after a sleepless night last night, it struck me that perhaps we need to change the arguement slightly, i.e.:
To those who support reinstatement or who currently ride with Paul, I ask the following questions:
How many horses must someone kill before they stop being someone who has “given so much to industry” and become someone who is an embarassment to our industry?
How many national awards must a trainer or owner win before killing any horse for personal gain is acceptable and they are a “great guy who will be welcomed back into the ring”?
To those who ride or do business with these trainers, how many horses may they kill before you stop finding it acceptable to give them money and support?
How many horses may someone kill before they should be barred from participating in any way, shape or form from the horse industry?
For most of us on these forums, the answer is zero. For a number of you, however, there is a quantifiable answer. For those of you who ride with Paul, the minimal answer is “one”, perhaps more. If you ride with Barney or buy or sell horses through him, the answer is “more than one.”
So, here’s my response from now on. Next time someone posts in support of any of those convicted of killing horses or who says they ride with Paul, I am going to ask them to give us an answer, a number which they believe is acceptable: “I think it’s okay to kill x number of horses as long as the trainer can help me win.”
It’s that simple. Really. No debate. Think about it for a minute.
We all have choices. There are trainers out there who are top notch who have not killed horses. You can make a choice to go to one of them.