I mentioned briefly, in one of my other Rollkur related posts, a veterinarian that had explained the miss-beat in most horses these days, with the ”fact” that horses now a days are being bred to ”hold their front legs in the air longer, to the extent that it compromises the beat and the cooperation with the hind legs.”
So, here we are, explaining away why Rollkur trained horses no longer have a two beat trot, a four beat walk, or a three beat canter. They are bred to keep their front legs in the air longer, and their hind legs simply can’t keep up….! What a load of BS…!
Here is, for instance, a very simple explanation of Passage;
Anyone can understand that, and don’t tell me that Anky’s horse, the black one, is simply bread to tense his hind legs…!
So, here is my concern. Where are we headed in the world of horses these days? What is next if our vets are explaining this away? Are we going to end up like the horses in this video, “simply” being bread to walk funny?
WARNING, horrible pictures, of severe animal abuse;
I bet you, at one point, the Tennessee Walking Horse was just a horse with a bit of a high front leg walk. If this is what it takes, to be a walking horse champion, if this is the lengths some people will go to, to “train” their horses, to win money, one must fear greatly for the world of dressage.
Could we end up, just like that? Are we not heading down that path already? Do we not have this new term in dressage, “cool front legs” ? Isn’t that what we are aiming for? If our vets explain away clear miss beats with breeding already, where are we then in ten, twenty years?
What happens if the public allows themselves to believe that, like they clearly do with the Tennessee Walking Horse?
I must admit, I was horrified to watch the Walking Horse video and even more so when my boyfriend, sitting next to me, said well, is that dressage in the future? I had not made that connection myself, but when he did it, it sent a chill down my spine, because he could be right. This could be where the sport of dressage is heading, couldn’t it? We are already allowing circus acts to win, instead of well trained horses, we are already explaining away why most high level dressage horses have a two beat walk, a four beat trot and a four beat canter, and why only their front legs are lifted off the ground.
So what is next? Can we explain away anything, in time, or is someone going to say no? Haven’t we gone far enough already?