Mans Debt To The Horse., Daily Racing Form, 1910-11-24


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MANS DEBT TO THE HOBSE No animal on the face of the earth works like the horse no animal anywhere is his equal in use ¬ fulness to man He is the one real slave of hu ¬ manity for never lived a human slave in any age or in any land who went about his task and his crushing labors more uncomplainingly more steadily and more faithfully than does the horse He brings help when the home Is aflame he drags in the harvest that feeds millions he scurries over the ground to bring the physician to the bedside when we come into the world he paces solemnly onward as he drags us to the grave He carries the joyous children upon his broad back and he thunders to the hospital with the clanging ambulance Through the streets he drags the mighty iron support for the giant skyscraper and over the boulevards of the park he sweeps with fashion and beauty at his hoofs In the midst of plenty he carries food in abundance to countless homes and in the midst of starvation he yields up his own body to keep life in the famished human frame frameAud Aud for this sublime devotion this lifelong labor this noble martyrdom how often is the faithful animal repaid with atrocious cruelty and vile and inhuman neglect The treatment of horses by some people is immeasurably base and it is all the more hideous and scoundrelly because the poor animal has no means of defense no chance for aid no voice to demand help helpHe He is driven at terrific speed for immense dis ¬ tances he is forced to wear rough and heavy harness over a sore and lacerated body dragging after him heavily laden wagons all the while suffering silently the most awful torture He is compelled to drag overloaded wagons up steep hills often cruelly lashed with the whip and then after a long day of dreadful slavery he Is poorly housed often with in ¬ sufficient food foodYet Yet there are owners and drivers of a different stamp These are men into whose hardened soul no appreciation of tlie value and devotion of the horse Is allowed to penetrate They misuse the animal to an atrocious degree and are impervious to liis appealing look when he is racked iff pain or worn down with toil as though the poor beast were but a senseless rock Such men as these know no pity and because tliey know no pity they know no horse horseThere There is nothing overdrawn in this recital of mans Inhumanity to his one best and most constant friend Happily though it is not a recital of the usual treatment of the horse Turning from the considera ¬ tion of illtreatment It is pleasant to know that in the hearts of the vast majority of men women and children there is genuine love for this fine and good friend in the animal kingdom And assuredly he deserves that love loveWhen When you love a horse you love mans best truest and most useful friend in all the range of the world of animals Editorial from Pittsburg Pa Press

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