The word has been spreading and it’s time to make a difference.
This message was posted on Dressage Disgrace Blog and is a sad reminder that it isn’t just the mustangs who need our help.
Please Help Spread This Message For Change
The following video is very disturbing, heartbreaking even. It was taken at the World Cup dressage qualifier in Odense, Denmark during a warm-up of over two hours, with this horse being ridden in various stages of hyperflexion. Although the horse suffered so severely here, he was ridden for a futher 90 minutes. There was a complaint from one of the spectators but shockingly, the FEI steward chose not to react.
We know that a horse in hyperflexion has problems breathing, cannot see where he is going, is in a psychological state of learned helplessness, can end up with ossification of the poll and a number of other physical problems brought and yet because “everyone” is doing it, the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale – the equestrian sports governing body), refuses to take a stand.
This site has been put together by people who want to see an end to the often barbaric way horses are treated in modern dressage and we need your help…
The film is quite shocking and we wouldn’t blame you if you did not want to watch. However, by facing up to the uncomfortable truth, we hope you will be sufficiently horrified and saddened by the suffering of these horses, that you feel compelled to take action. In which case you have come to the right place.
There is astounding scientific evidence of the damage this type of training does to horses and it doesn’t have to be like this. We must use our collective voice for those who cannot speak to enlighten the authorities and trainers responsible.
We want to make this message go viral to alert as many people as possible and to catch the attention of the media.
You can lend your support by first commenting below and then by going to the How To Help page to find out what you can do next. Thank you so much.