Okay, since people clearly aren’t much for following the link to the drop box and looking over the pictures themselves, I will post a few more. First, drop box link;
Here we go then. I have been told in my previous post that I am rather uneducated, and stupid, (I am rephrasing here, the kind of language some people use…) and that all of what I have pictures off are not only legal, but not cruel at all.
So, here, the one nose band, replaced by a chain. Legal? If it is, we have a problem, because rant and rave all you want people, that is cruel, and if we can treat our horses like that, the sport is very, very sick.
(Drop box, uncropped picture, name 6909)
I have had a few ask me if there were anyone using hackamores, because I didn’t have any pictures of that, and I mentioned it. Well, they are in the drop box. But yes, hackamore, and bit, all joined together in one happy- legal and none abusive- rider’s hand.
(Uncropped picture, drop box, name 6323)
I repeat, we do have a problem, when our very best riders needs that much force to control their horses. Especially when it is legal to do so.
(Uncropped picture, drop box, name 5514)
Don’t even get me started on the tight, double nose bands….
And then we have the rollkur. I believe that in the world of dressage, we have been fighting the ridicules rule that dressage horses are allowed to be hyperflexed for ten minutes at the time, because ten minutes is a LONG time to endure abuse.
With the jumpers, there is no rules at all. These horses can be hyperflexed as much as their riders desire, even across the obstacles. Call me stupid, call me fucking uneducated, call me any name in the book, but while you are at it, please explain to me, how that is not abusive?
(Uncropped picture, drop box, name 5956)
I watched horses being hyperflexed for half an hour, at least, with no breaks and no remarks from the stewards. Who, by the way, was rather hard to come by, once again…
(Uncropped picture, drop box, name 6861)
And don’t ask me if I can do better, don’t ask me what I know of high strung horses, don’t, just don’t, make it about me. That only speaks to your own lack of understanding for what I am trying to do here. I am not out to “get” any of the riders. I am trying to have FEI create a set of rules, protecting our horses, from pain, abuse and force in the sport. I am desperately hoping that we won’t one day, end up on the race track, where horses “just rupture blood vessels” and die on the track every single day. Let us not accept that, in the equestrian sport. Let us do better. For the sake of the animal, we all claim to love.
(Uncropped picture, drop box, name 7518, “ny mappe”)
Let us help it, survive the equestrian world.
(Uncropped picture, drop box, name 5659)
And those of you, who still want to go after me as a person, do me a favor. Read my book first, then judge me education and my skills.
I am quite a master when it comes to high strung horses, if I may say so myself. I have been working with beaten, broken, isolated, damaged and dangerous horses, all of my life. I have been picking up the pieces of this world, for as long as I can remember. And I have never once felt the need to use a draw rein and a gag bit and a martingale and a pole bit on the same horse, and I have never once accepted that my horse suddenly happened to bleed from the nose, or suffered any other kind of abuse from my hands.
But yes, I am uneducated. Everything I know, I learned from my horses, because no human could ever teach me the same lesson. Still, my education aside, these pictures speak for themselves. There shouldn’t even be a debate about whether or not this is acceptable.
It is not.
The debate should be about how we make FEI change their rules. How we make the sport less abusive towards our horses. How we make our riders change. How we make our sponsors realize what it is they are supporting.
A blood sport.
Bull fighting, dog fighting, cock fighting… blood and death. If we don’t call a halt now, if we don’t ask for at least a blood rule in show jumping, where the horse cannot “just rupture a vessel” in the show ring, where then are we doing to end up? How can anyone think that is acceptable?
In the end, thank you, all of you who have supported me, who have shared my pictures and my post. I am overwhelmed by how many people we truly are, who wants a better sport for our horses. It warms my cold soul to find that I am not alone in thinking that we DO have a problem.
And if I don’t answer something, right away, or over look a comment, please be patient. This blog has had more than 70.000 views in the last 48 hours. I am only human.
Thank you guys. Each and every one of you.