Use or Abuse – the Many Shades of Grey in the Horse World

As a horse sanctuary, our first consideration is for the animal, which is why our regular followers will know, we are not a fan of horse sports and events such as The Grand National.

So we were pleased to see that the theme of the 25th World Horse Welfare Conference in November, was ‘when does use become abuse?’

This year the international spotlight fell on horse welfare at the Tokyo Olympics where a German rider was seen whipping her horse, and the German coach was banned after punching the same animal.

Of course, not all eventers are as extreme or as high-profile, but it is good to see discussions taking place among experts, as the world’s views and the scientific evidence continues to change.

Read more about the debate at this year’s conference here.

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