Have your Say: Ban would not help
A RECENT letter (Have Your Say, Sept 19) expressed concern about the 'plight' of tethered horses as the winter approaches.
I see a lot of tethered horses where I live.
They all appear healthy and well cared for. As animals that are built to live out doors in adverse weather conditions, they can quite contentedly graze in weather that would send most human beings heading homeward to huddle by the fire.
I would ask the 'animal lovers' who wish to see an end to horses being tethered on common land to consider the consequences of their proposal.
A small number of tethered horses are neglected, when this happens it is publicly visible and action can be taken.
If tethering on common land was banned then responsible horse owners would be forced to sell or put down their much loved animals.
The small minority of selfish cruel abusers would relocate their horses to outbuildings and often hidden places where their suffering would be prolonged and undetected.