Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Fugly is Fuggin Leaving Us
I'm bummed. One of the squeakiest wheeled, most attention getting bloggers in the cyber horse world is leaving us.
Cathy Atkinson is moving on to other places and will no longer be taking us with her.
I have been following her adventures and escapades and listening to her point of view for about six months longer than the Mugwump Chronicles has been in existence.
Fugs is the reason I began to blog. I realized I had a voice, a need to express it and a desire to practice my writing. Blogging gave me all of that and I got the idea by reading Fugly Horse of the Day.
Her blog has been an incredible education for me. I have become aware of the dangers of random breeding programs, the plight of breeds bred by the hundreds or thousands to gain a few exceptional examples, the dangers of color breeding, the ignorance and outright stupidity of many in the horse world balanced by a few enlightened, educated and aware folks out to do the right thing.
I am kinder, louder, more opinionated and more aware of the danger we are in as horse owners than I ever would have been without Fugs.
I also have been able to openly disagree, mock, tease or argue with Cathy, on our blogs or privately, without recrimination or judgement on either side. Because of this we have been able to encourage and support each other. I appreciate this and will miss her open minded approach.
Yes, I said open minded. Cathy has accepted, absorbed and attacked my opinions as zealously as I have hers and I have consistently come from a trainers point of view, a person who bought and sold, trained and instructed in a complicated, mercenary portion of the horse world.
She has never made it personal. Yes Fugly gets pretty damn personal with some, but I have yet to see her go after anybody any higher on the evolutionary chain than an amoeba brained cretin.
I have read that she's crazy, well maybe, crazy like a fox.
I have read that she's mean and narrow minded. I have read a lot of things that would make me curl up in a ball if you threw those at me.
Cathy has laughed in her critics faces and kept on bringing up the subjects that she wants us to think about, even if it means jamming it down our throats.
Animal abuse, proper feeding practices, care of our elderly horses, responsible ownership, horsemanship, training a show horse with humane methods and winning anyway, and so on.
These seem like acts of kindness to me and I will always appreciate and thank her for making me think, making me argue, helping me stand up for what I believe in and finding the bare bones of the angriest rant.
She's pretty damn funny too.
Here's to you Fugs, some day we'll have that Margarita.