To those who say it’s “just a moment in time” to any image showing blatant abuse against the horse; here’s 100 ‘moments in time’ for you to briefly ponder.
These aren’t once-in-a-lifetime moments, these are moments in each and every one of these horses lives. I can guarantee you that the photographers did not show up and capture the only time any of these horses have been pulled on, kicked, spurred, whipped, put into hyperflexion, frightened at the expense of a rider’s selfish goals, or experiencing pain caused by their riders.
Still not convinced?
Here’s the thing. Every time someone throws out that remark to excuse horse abuse, “moment in time”, I immediately believe they are likely defending this abuse because there is some connection between their own riding and that of whatever is being criticized.
What we don’t see are any ‘moment in time’ problems facing riders who put their horse’s welfare and well-being first.
Horse abuse is not specific to any breed, sport, discipline or country. Horse abuse is specific to individual equestrians.
There is no such thing as a ‘moment in time’, there are however many moments in our horses’ lives that we are primarily responsible for shaping and controlling. The question then becomes, how are you shaping and controlling your own horses’ lives if you feel the need to defend obvious abuses?