Friends, you’re going to have to explain something to this cowgirl: I just can’t understand all of the irritation and resentment aimed at Trigger! (What did this poor horse ever do to Peggy Noonan, anyway?) From everything I’ve seen, he was a born showman, a high-stepping son-of-a-gun who never did anything worse than steal the show from his owner, Roy Rogers. Trigger never bit or kicked anyone who didn’t deserve it, now, did he?
But let’s face it: horses are really big animals, and some people are a little trepidatious around them. Some horses are afraid of people, and can startle or jump when they’re spooked. Just because some folks are a little fearful of horses, and just because some horses are easily spooked doesn’t make them bad people or bad horses. It just means that those of us who are comfortable with Trigger should remember that not every person (or horse) feels the same, and keep that in mind when we’re discussing Trigger or bringing him around for company.
Now, is that really so difficult? Can you honestly accuse people who are a little scared of Trigger of “censorship” just because they’d appreciate a little warning before you march a big ol’ horse into a room? I know Trigger, and the last thing he’d want is for anyone to feel “Triggered.”
Seems to this cowgirl that it’s just courtesy and common sense to remember that not everyone’s as comfortable around a horse as you might be.