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Money Isn’t a Factor in Competitive Dressage

Tell me again how competitive dressage is all about the horse’s welfare? A huge increase in prize money to well over $650,000 (€523,000) with a $200,000 CDI5* as a highlight of Florida’s Global Dressage Festival will make next winter’s circuit the richest in the world. It’s good to remember that top competitors aren’t merely competing […]

Tennessee Republicans Support Horse Abuse

The PAST Act has been endorsed by virtually every animal health and equine group in the United States but is opposed 100-percent by the Republican representatives from Tennessee. Roy Exum, Columnist for The Chattanoogan Despite wide-spread support for the bill, Republican representatives have effectively blocked it. The sole supporter from Tennessee was Steve Cohen, a […]

Objectification Is Why Horses Are So Easily Abused

How often is it argued, that a human cannot force a thousand pound animal to do something it doesn’t want to do? An argument to defend against an accusation of abuse. But the physical comparison between horse and rider is only one small aspect of our complex relationship. Systematic oppression and objectification of the horse […]

Dressage is Dead (can we please move on?)

Dressage is dead. There, I said it. Somebody had to. Okay, not dead in the literal sense. Dressage is still alive and kicking. But, the idea of Dressage as some kind of harmonious, artistic venture is dead in the competitive scene. We’ve spent years trying to keep a diseased version of Dressage alive but it’s […]

Science Proves Round Pen Methods a Joke

Round Penning techniques are used widely by Natural Horsemanship trainers and clinicians. Often to gain fast results such as starting wild horses under saddle in a matter of days. Perhaps you’ve already come to the conclusion that round penning is a great guessing game for the horse. Unless you prefer robotic responses from your horse, […]

FBI Makes Horse Abuse a Felony

Not just a felony, but a Class-A Felony. That puts horse abuse on par with assault, homicide and arson. That’s the exciting part. The motivation behind this change is to gather data on animal abuse nation-wide. The FBI hopes this will improve their ability to track crime; animal abuse is frequently an indicator of later violent […]

Bad Horse Ads: Episode 2

In this Episode of Bad Horse Ads we have the pleasure of two horses acting as the model of their breed and station, and one special old girl who’s looking for a good home. Mr. Dangles Not his official name, but I feel like “Dangles” alone is rather uncouth. For just $10k you can own […]

WEG Warmup: FEI Announces New WEG 2014 Slogan

The FEI begins distribution of their new slogan for the 2014 World Equestrian Rollkur Cup, to be held in Normandy, France. “See Something? Say Nothing!” In response to failed efforts leading up to the 2010 World Equestrian Games to silence critics, the FEI hired German PR Firm Ruhe! Their attempts to ban video and photography equipment from the […]

Symptoms of Strong Rein Aids

In an ideal world we’d all ride with minimal physical aids, perhaps even controlling the horse only with our mental intentions. But since we’re still living in the real world there is a compromise to be made, and using physical aids is one such compromise. After watching this video let’s run down a little mini-list of […]

Posted in RidingJuly 18, 2014

Virtual Lesson: Using Fear to Your Advantage

I could go on and on about how fear is perfectly normal and natural, but if you’re caught up in it you might be rolling your eyes and expecting this post to be all about embracing your fear. I’m going to disappoint you now and tell you it’s not about embracing, but dissecting that fear. […]

Posted in RidingJuly 17, 2014