The Longevity of the Dressage Horse

In the beginning of my journey into Dressage, there was confident talk about the longevity of the Dressage horse. It was generally accepted that the Dressage horse wasn’t expected to reach Grand Prix until they were nearly in their teens, and perfectly acceptable to be working towards it even after they’d hit teenage years. The […]

Barrel Racers Keeping It Classy

Heads up, this post contains foul language. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. More often than you’d expect, I receive comments that are .. displeased with my writing. But the majority of them always come from Barrel Racers, upset over this and this post. But in an effort to maintain transparency about commenting, I’m sharing […]

Dressage Knockout – As Terrible As It Sounds

As if the overwhelming persistence of bad dressage wasn’t enough, now there’s Dressage Knockout. Picture this: instead of the traditional “bore-you-to-tears” Dressage we’re used to seeing you get the pleasure of watching two Dressage riders compete against each other in the same arena. No scripted tests, No scores, 5-6 “flashy” movements, Winner is announced immediately, Audience […]

Carl Hester – Don’t Bash Totilas

There is a fantastical love of Carl Hester right now. I get it, I really do. He has a very reassuring and smooth way of explaining things. He’s very careful to present himself well to the public, and at one time I thought he might be a real diamond in a crowd full of debris. But then he started […]

Wear a Damn Helmet Already

We’re all invincible, until we aren’t. But more than saving your own neck, wearing a helmet could save the people around you from a whole lot of heartache. Unless you’re so heartless you don’t care about the people around you? Having a good hair day, trying to look ‘cool’ or whatever lame excuse you’re using […]

Romanticizing Bad Horsemanship

Let’s get brutally honest … This is not Dressage. It’s abusive riding. It’s unharmonious riding. It’s riding with physical force and coercion. But the one thing it is not, is Dressage. Dressage is French for training .. not pulling on the reins, spurring the horse, riding him behind the vertical because you can’t safely ride him in […]

The Problem with “Show Us What You Can Do”

From time to time (sometimes more often than others) I receive comments or remarks along the lines of, “how dare you criticize person-x for abusing their horse, if you’re so great then post a video showing you can do x,y,z like they do.” There are a couple of problems with these kinds of statements. The […]

Is It Ever Right to Passively Witness Abuse?

A video of Monty Roberts in attendance of a brutal beating of a young horse being broken to ride (and I mean broken), standing passively by while his film crews record, is making the rounds. Was he right in this situation or should he have stepped in to show a different way?

Do Tack Stores Perpetuate Abuse?

I avoid purchasing from major tack stores anymore, even from many local ones as they too carry very abusive items. I don’t want to support that kind of thinking in the industry so I look to buying items used from acquaintances and if not from them then from other individuals who aren’t in the business of retailing products to pain-train horses.

Artificial Horse Abuse

Just looking through the bit selection is enough to make you throw up. But they also offer ginger salve to “aid in maintaining a proper tail set,” and in case you’re a professional they sell it by the case…