|Let's first start with the head shake.|
Friday morning while I was out feeding the horses and donkeys the neighbor across the road hollered to get my attention. To the fence I went. She informed me that one of the mares in the front pasture gave birth sometime in the night.
When I saw the foal, which is very cute, I commented on how tiny it was. Yes, foal's are small, but this one is more pony size small. The mare is average height and the stallion is also of average height.
She then informed me that the foal is part Arabian, Quarter Horse, Pinto and Cob. Oh, really! And the mare is not wanting to let the foal nurse. Oh really! She then said that they were going to try to catch the mare and put her and her foal up by the barn. Good idea since they are out there with the stallion and another mare.
I had to go to town and was gone most of the day on Friday. When I returned, the mare and foal were still there but had been penned up in a small corner of the pasture. Hmmmm.
Um, what happened to putting mama and baby up by the barn.
Come to find out the mare is uncatchable. There is no shelter at all. Not even a tree!
Okay, so what I shake my head about is the fact that way over 100,000 horses are sent to slaughter every year! The horse market is in the toilet but yet people continue to breed. Come to find out the people who own the mare and foal breed all their mares every year. Last year they were lucky to sell one of the offspring. But were unable to sell the rest. And they bred all their mares again for a new crop of mixed bred foals for this year.
Why keep breeding horses just because you have a stallion and mare. These horses aren't even one breed! They are mixed breeds. Needless to say I was and am still aggravated over the whole irresponsibility of it all.
Now on to the heated discussion. Keep in mind I was still aggravated over the foal and mare.
On Saturday there is a yearly parade called the Pear Blossom. It's been an annual tradition for many years. Well, this year one of the entries was Gay Pride. They were turned down by the parade committee. But quite a few people really were pissed they weren't allowed to be in the parade so the morning before the parade it was announced they could be in it.
That's when all hell broke loose in the community!
There were comments from good Christian folks that they would not attend because they didn't want their children exposed to Gays! If they only knew how many people they meet who are Gay and don't even know it!
Well, someone close to me made a derogatory comment. After a few minutes of listening to this persons point of view I had had enough. Now don't get me wrong, everyone is entitled to their own personal beliefs. But this particular person had told me years before that they did not have a problem with Gays. Now all of a sudden there was a problem! And then this person brought up the whole religion thing. That is when I blew up. This person has not been religious the whole time I've known them. Now all of a sudden religion is brought up! Really!
A heated discussion enveloped and lasted quite awhile.
When I firmly believe with my heart and soul in something, nothing, but nothing will make me back down. And you can bet I didn't budge! Although I did walk away from the discussion leaving the other person some things to process in their minds!
Don't worry, this did not end our relationship. We've known each other for too many years!
This all happened on Friday and it wasn't until today that I could actually write about it here. A few other things happened on Friday that got me on a roll too but will save that for another time.
Maybe I should have titled this blog, " Yet another rant!".
Until next time...................