by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals.
Photo: PR Photos

The net is abuzz over Gwyneth Paltrow’s comments concerning how much she dislikes horses, how much her daughter loves them, and how Stella McCartney should really be raising her child, etc, etc.

“She (daugher Apple) loves riding – she competed in her first horse show the other day and won second place,” she told Vogue UK. “Well of course I was thrilled for her -but it’s incredible because I hate horses and have nothing really to do with them.”

Riddle me this: If Paltrow hates horses so much, why was she the star attraction at a 2008 charity fundraiser for the Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue Organization. Hell, she even read a poem aloud to her captive audience about the legendary horse Snowman, “whose heart was as radiant as the white snow” and who was rescued by Harry de Leyer, a Long Island riding instructor.

“In saving the horse, Harry became an instrument of the divine,” said Paltrow. “When we make the only choice possible, and that is to love, then all of us become what we were intended to be. We are the power.”

Doesn’t really sound like someone who “hates” horses — so maybe this whole thing is being taken out of context. Or was it just good acting for a cause?

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • VeggieTart

    One need not like children to know they should not be abused. Maybe she likes them in theory but not in practice. She doesn’t want to be around them but doesn’t want people slaughtering them for food.

    • Lynne

      I agree with VeggieTart. I had a bad experience falling off a horse when I was a child. I choose not to ride them anymore even though I did as an adult to prove to myself I’m not living in fear. I just don’t like it and it just wasn’t pleasant to me. I do however love and respect animals and think that horses are gorgeous and wonderful, but just not for me as a pet or for riding.

  • BanTheFurTrade

    I’m a lifelong horse lover myself, but I can understand someone being indifferent to or afraid of horses. However, why would you publicly declare that you HATE them, especially after being involved in a charity that helps them?? It doesn’t make much sense, but then Gwenny usually doesn’t. She seems kind of ditzy to me.

  • Erin Elizabeth

    I agree with BanTheFurTrade. The girl (from what I’ve heard over the years live in California) is just plain DUMB. Contradicts herself about horses, vegetarianism…. She’s only famous because of her actress mom and dead director dad.