The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.


Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Animal rights


End tethered, circular pony rides

I'm not an activist, but I am an equestrian. My concern is for the real ponies used for children's carousel rides. Can we offer our children a better experience than riding in a track in repetitive circular motion tethered tightly to a pole to restrict head movement at a mechanically set speed? Is this the best we can do?
My 8-year-old granddaughter tells me there are a few farms in rural counties offering pony rides led by a handler who interacts with the child rider along a riding path.
Historically, merry-go-round carousels are wooden horses beautifully painted. Entire families can enjoy the ride together. The horses won't mind the various sizes of their riders either. Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and Missoula, Montana, have wildly successful carousel rides for only $2.
Frances Baker
Stanwood
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

loading...

Herald Editorial Board

Jon Bauer, Opinion Editor: jbauer@heraldnet.com

Carol MacPherson, Editorial Writer: cmacpherson@heraldnet.com

Neal Pattison, Executive Editor: npattison@heraldnet.com

Josh O'Connor, Publisher: joconnor@heraldnet.com

Have your say

Feel strongly about something? Share it with the community by writing a letter to the editor. Send letters by e-mail to letters@heraldnet.com, by fax to 425-339-3458 or mail to The Herald - Letters, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We'll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 250 words or less, we wonít ask you to shorten it. If your letter is published, please wait 30 days before submitting another. Have a question about letters? Contact Carol MacPherson at cmacpherson@heraldnet.com or 425-339-3472.

HeraldNet Classifieds