Thursday, September 13, 2012

Beasts of Burden

You remember that song by the Rolling Stones don't you?  I walk for miles, my feet are hurtin'...nice song.

 Anyway, the term "beast of burden" is what a client of ours at work referred to horses as being, the other day.  Well, I guess so...but so are we all.

This gal said that she and her mom were riding their horses and they came to a very steep and long hill, so she got off and decided to walk her horse.  Her horse was huffing a bit, and was somewhat out of shape and overweight, so she decided that a walk up the hill would benefit both of them, and ease her horse's burden.

A gesture of kindness, I thought.  However, her mom laughed and said she was silly to get off and walk up such a steep hill when her horse could so easily carry her up.

Now get this; the mother's horse is older, has serious respiratory issues, extreme difficulty breathing when under exertion and still, the old bag forces her horse to continue on up the steep hill, huffing and puffing with effort carrying not only his own burden, but her extra weight as well.  I asked why would her mom do this to her horse?  And she replied, because horses are beasts of burden.

I suppose they are, but I had to comment that we are too.  She didn't agree.  My argument of course, is that the Bible tells us that for 6 days you shall labor, by the sweat of your brow and do all your work.  On the 7th day, you shall rest.  It even stipulates that our animals shall have a day of rest.  If that doesn't classify us as beasts of burden, I don't know what would.

And regardless of your opinion on this subject, I still say that we should all be compassionate and kind to our animals, and others, no matter what their classification in life may or may not be.  An animal of any kind, and all people are still emotional beings.  We all have feelings, sensitivities, likes and dislikes, opinions about things in general, and that warrants a thinking, feeling being of being worthy of, and deserving of, kindness.  Simple, compassion and kindness.  It costs us nothing, save a little effort perhaps on our part, but still..."do unto others as you would have them do unto you".  The Golden Rule does not stipulate your age, sex...or your genotype.

If ever there was a rule that encompasses all, it is that one.  Period.

People can be so dense.  Or maybe it's just an excuse to be mean, or their pitiful attempt at believing they're superior.  Whatever...

The Bible does give us authority over the "beasts"...but remember, when given authority over anything or anyone else, there comes great responsibility.  And accountability.  Even if only, eventually...

for everyone will reap that which they have sown.  A beautiful reminder for us all.  We're given so many gifts in this life, not the least of which are our beautiful animals.  They truly are worthy of our love, respect and kindness.  As we all are.

Blessings everyone,
from a fellow beast of burden on this day, in this life of mine.

May your be wonderful!!


Michelle said...

As you were describing that mother riding her laboring horse up a steep hill, a scene in Black Beauty came to mind. You know, the one when he's pulling the cart up the hill and falls to his poor knees. Yeah, she'll get hers....

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

I agree. I believe that we are tasked with a stewardship over those "beasts" that are part of our sphere. And I also believe that someone each of us will be held accountable for whether we fulfilled that stewardship with love and compassion. I believe your friend who walked her horse up the hill will be found to be a very good steward. Thank you for the reminder today to be kind and compassionate regardless to everyone and everything.

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

P.S. I should proofread before posting... I meant "someday" not "someone". ;-)

Grey Horse Matters said...

I agree with you. We should be kind and compassionate to all we come in contact with. Be it people or animals. Animals don't deserve to be used and mistreated. We should be grateful they even let us ride them in the first place.

The mother was a jerk and doesn't deserve to have an animal in her care. The daughter showed compassion towards her horse but still agreed with her mother that the horse was a beast of burden?

Lea and her Mustangs said...

Yes, our burdens may be different but still we are. How could someone do that to their horse. I walked several miles on our trip when we encountered a terrible trail and I was afraid of Sage getting hurt. If she would have gotten hurt while I was on I would never have gotten over it.

I mailed your rug today. The box is peculiar because I had to sort of make one. There is a surprise in the middle too. Thank you so much Lorie.

Simply Marvelous said...

Perfectly said! Some people are beyond explanation and many people should not have animals (or children). They lack the required sensitivity ... and basic common sense.

I recall my grandmother telling me how she rode her old horse from a small town in Nebraska. It was a day long trip. It was hot and the horse was obviously tired. Grandma got off the horse and walked beside him the rest of the way home. Grandma was 8 months pregnant.

She remains my role model to this day regarding kindness to all.

Carolynn Anctil said...

Clearly the old woman was just looking for an excuse to avoid having to exert herself. It pains me when my dog wants to continue to play fetch even though her tongue is hanging down to her knees. I make her stop, even if she doesn't have the sense to rest on her own. The poor horse should have bucked off her "burden".

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

It leaves me to ask, why on earth were they taking the horses up such a steep hill without some conditioning first.

They are both kind of thoughtless, although the Daughter was less so.

It's not right to abuse a animal, just because you own it. She will get hers.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

fernvalley01 said...

People will justify their own laziness any way they can. We all have our tasks, and if we can make lighter work for another , person or critter, then why wouldn't we?

C-ingspots said...

Michelle, that movie just tears me up, still to this least he has a happy ending.
Lea, I'm so excited to see my new rug, and a surprise!!?? Whoohoo!!
SimplyMarvelous, oh I love that story about your grandma! She must have been wonderful.
Carolyn, yes those silly dogs! They just don't know when to quit. I make mine take breaks too. :)
Wonderful comments, each and every them, thank you!!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I Agree too....great pst!

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