It has happened AGAIN. Why am I not surprised? When competition is more important than animal welfare, something is really, really wrong. It makes me sick.
«The welfare of the horse is at the heart of all our activities»
FÉDÉRATION EQUESTRE INTERNATIONALE
A horse stumbled and fell during the warmup at Gothenburg Horse Show. Accidents do happen, we all know that. But when the horse got back up, it was punished over and over again as the rider pulled the reins with an amount of force you should never ever use in the mouth of a living being. The horse was kicked multiple times, and nobody around seemed to care. The horse tried to get away, but had no chance. When you are witnessing animal abuse, you are doing something about it. Simple as that.
When things like this happen over and over and over again, I’m, excuse my language, FUCKING EMBARRESED to call myself an equestrian. The last few years, we have had way too many episodes like this!
If this continues, it will at one point be the end of horse sports. We must put the animal first. I hope this incident will have consequences, because we can simply not tolerate riders punishing their horses like this in the name of sport. And when we are trying to be the voice of the actual victim, the horse, we are over and over again told that we destroy our sport. What is wrong with this world?
It is never ever the horse’s fault – it is the rider’s. No empathy from me. We must show the world that violence against horses is not, and will never be, tolerated.