I’ll be quick. In Denmark we have a huge horse show this week, and last week.
I just felt like showing you the one picture that says it all.
Picture by, T. Bisgaard
Three year old Sezuan, ridden by Andreas Helgstrand.
Note the locked back, the hind legs that does not follow the horse at all, the head held behind vertical by the bit, and of course the impressive high front legs…
Is this really where we are going? Is this truly a beautiful picture?
Is this dressage at all?
Apparently it is, Sezuan is hardly competing with the others, no one has any worries that he will win. After all, he passed the stallion performance testing when he was two and a half years old, (yep broken in almost as early as a race horse, and we all applaud,) despite the fact that he has OCD. He was just so exceptional, and able to raise his front legs so high, the judges had to let him pass. I was there. They said that.
We all applauded. Well, most of us.
And now he is four, and in the four year old finals, tipped not so secretly to win. How could he not? Look at those front legs?
Wait, there is a video as well. Four year old Sezuan;
It could be, of course just a very unlucky moment in time, that picture, and it could be a reporter that wanted to show the world a bad picture of Andreas, right?
Well, I think not. In fact, I am pretty sure they picked that picture, because they think it looks impressive. Because they wanted to show us all, how fantastic Sezuan is.
And he is, no question about it.
I just think it’s sad that this is what it takes to ride dressage these days. In fact, I am a bit horrified, that we keep looking at this horse in awe. But then again, what judge would dare, kick his ass for mistreating his horse like this?
Apparently no one.
So, here I am, unable to keep my mouth shut, once again. Apologies.
Some things just needs saying. Over and over until someone listens. Hopefully, someday, someone will.