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Pat Robertson, Horse Whisperer

Pat Robertson, Horse Whisperer

Today's episode of the Christian Broadcasting Network featured televangelist Pat Robertson and his horse, Ufano.

At 82 years old, Robertson says he's still riding strong … and that Ufano enjoys the rides, too.


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One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    Where is the love? He didn't give the horse a hug, a loving pat on his neck, or anything. "So gentle. Such a nice animal." I don't know how the horse would feel about that statement, but it sounds a bit degrading. However, that is typical of Xians. Was that a riding whip he had in his hand? :mad: How would he like it if I tapped him to annoyance with that? I can hear the horse now, "Pat, I like you, but tapping me with that damn riding whip is f***ing annoying!" Oh wait, he's a de facto Xian horse, so it's more like, "Pat, I like you, but stop tapping me with that riding whip. It's annoying!"

    I don't expect him to kiss the horse, but at least show him something by way of affection and appreciation. If he did give it, they didn't show it. Horse whisper my butt.

    That said, it did seem like Pat enjoyed the ride, but there's no respect from him to the horse. The horse obviously enjoys it, but I think he would love it more if there was more love between him and Pat.

    Now don't get me wrong, I had a Shetland when I was little (rode bareback :D ) and I showed him more love and appreciation than that, but then again, I've always been a different kind of person. Now before anti-bareback people get upset about the horse's back, I've always been a tiny person, so the weight wasn't an issue, esp as a child. I personally hate saddles because it deprives me the personal connection with the horse/pony, but some people like them and that's OK.

    • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

      He speaks quite affectionately about his horse — I suspect that off film, he probably treats his horse quite well.

      Deborah

      • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

        Hopefully he did show the horse some appreciation off camera, but the riding whip… I sure hope the horse told him to stop because that tapping's annoying. :lol: Whatever the case, the horse deserved some affection and praise, because he's a good boy. :)

  • zzzzz

    Yes, I found this to be an interesting post. The first thing I did was look up the name of the horse which apparently means proud. So Pat Robertson–no small ego–is riding "proud". Are other readers aware that horse slaughtering for human consumption is now legal in the U.S.?

    • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

      When was it made legal, zzzzzz? I heard some debate about it two years ago (if I remember correctly) but didn't follow up on it.

      Deborah

      • zzzzz

        President Obama signed HR spending bill 2112 on November 18, 2012 legalizing horse slaughter and requiring taxpayers to subsidize the foreign horse meat industry. Of course, butchering has taken place all along, in Canada and Mexico.

        • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

          Oh no he didn't! He went against all the Animal Welfare and Rights groups? Oh boy. :roll: I can hear Newkirk now. I know she's not voting for the Religious Reich, but I'm sure she's not thrilled with Obama right now. I'm surprised PETA hasn't come out with some some wild and crazy campaign about it yet. Naked people in a horse suit maybe? Horses make people fat and they need a stable to fly? Got oats? Euthanize the horses before they become dinner, because it's better for them than being dinner? I'm sure she and her group will come up with some wild Obama's cruel and hates animals ads, if they haven't yet. It would take a team of wild horses to stop her and her group. I wonder what those calendars with naked people for the Protection and Ethical treatment look like and just how is it related to animal rights? It seems weird to love animals as much as I do, and yet can't stand more 1/2 the things PETA does. Will someone get me Betty White? She sane, like me. :lol:

          Be that as it may, if he did, that really disgusts me, but I have better ideas than Newkirk- such letter writing to Obama and a petition asking he overturn it (if that's possible), but nothing outrageous and insane like Newkirk et al. I just can't believe he did that. Guess we'll have to wait for the insanity to fly from extremist side. I'm sure Newkirk et al will be outrageously insane about the matter.

        • zzzzz

          That should read, HR 2112 signed in Nov. 18, 2011.

          • zzzzz

            I'm not sure why you bring PETA into it except you apparently think that Obama is going to have a backlash. This bill would have been signed under ANY president. And what does one do with un-wanted domestic animals? Many of the horses which are killed are wild horses but many are race horses which either didn't make the cut or are past their prime. Why is ANYONE supporting horse racing in this day and age? There are sanctuaries but they are few and far between. And how many animals can any sanctuary hold?

            • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

              I don't think it matters which president signed it, it's still cruel and inhumane.

              • zzzzz

                Just so you know, I also think it's cruel and inhumane.

                • zzzzz

                  I would love to know why my post got a thumbs down. I felt I was asking valid questions and I wasn't pretending to know the answers. Unwanted domestic animals are a huge, huge issue.

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