Base opinion on facts

Kristina Caul

Dear editor:
I am writing this in response to a letter headlined “Inexcusable behaviour” from the Sept. 2 issue of your paper.
I will be concentrating on the first half of that letter concerning the man riding the paint horse. I am doing this not only because that man was my dad, but because the only true thing that was said about my horse was that she is pretty.
First and foremost, everyone should know that the horse was never in danger. She is strong and in good health.
My dad is a very loving and caring man, and I am proud to be his daughter. He is a respected horse trainer in our area and constantly has people coming to him for advice about horses.
I have seen my dad train a horse that previously had put three other men in the hospital.
This horse is now my dad’s best friend and we have had him for more than 15 years.
My dad has worked alongside of vets, not only in vet clubs and meetings, but out in the field. He has dealt with births, immunizations, cuts, bruises, scrapes, broken limbs, etc., and has been working with horses for more than 35 years.
To the writer of the letter, if you knew the first thing about horses, you would know that the “pretty paint” you saw is a mare, not a gelding or a stallion. She is three years old, which is plenty old enough for use to be riding her like we do every week.
That was her first time at the fair, so she was scared of all of the new people and noises. We are proud of her performance, especially because she had never worn a tie-down before then.
As far as a new judge being suggested for next year, none of the events this horse was involved in included a judge. They were all timed events.
I also would like to ask the writer how a horse with blown out knees and torn tendons can work all day, cutting more than 1,200 head of cattle, at a sale just six days after the Emo Fair?
Lastly, I would like to apologize to my parents who strongly opposed my writing this letter. They believe that everyone is entitled to an opinion.
I just believe that if you are going to express yours, it should be based on facts, not insinuations.
Thank you,
Kristina Caul
Devlin, Ont.