After I posted my opinion on the incident from Gothenburg Horse Show, my blog was suddenly one of the most read blogs in the country. I had near 100 000 visitors in one single day, and the post was shared and discussed all over the planet. I’m extremely glad to see that so many agree with me; we cannot tolerate this kind of treatment of horses in our sport. We simply CAN’T.
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Not in this case, or any other case. This is not about one rider and one horse. This is about how the hell it can be “okay” to punish an animal who did nothing wrong, without it having consequences. It is NOT okay to abuse animals, and if someone hit and kicked a dog on the street, everybody around would react immediately. But if you do the same to a horse during the warmup, people are just standing there and watching? What is wrong with this world?
Kicking and pulling a scared horse in the mouth? The consequences should be banning for the competition. The Code of Conduct is not worth anything if it is not used.