Monday, 29 October 2012

Equine Controversy

Controversy... If you think that it does not exist in the equine world, well you are sorely mistaken.  It does exist.

One of the most recent controversies to take place in the equestrian world was at the 2012 London Olympics.  One of the Canadian jumpers, Tiffany Foster was disqualified by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).  During a random ground check, her horse, Victor, was found to have a hypersensitivity in the left front leg, above the hoof.  The team tried to convince the vets to let them bring the horse out of the stall and jog him, but they did not allow it.  As a result, our olympic team was forced to compete with only three riders.   As for Tiffany Foster, her olympic dreams were shattered, as she was sent home. Equine Canada issued a statement thanking the FEI for its conduct in the affair.  Olympic rider Eric Lamaze has taken a stand and announced that he will never again compete under Equine Canada's authority unless the federation reverses its position.

Another recent controversy in the equine world is over the dressage stallion, Totilas.  This owners and rider are being accused of unethically treating this horse.  According to one welfare organization lawyer, the horse suffers from forced hyperflexion when ridden and from constant isolation in a box stall when not training.  The German branch of PETA has filed these charges, as they have found that Totalis has been trained using the rollkur-method and lives the majority of his day in his stall.  They have also requested a total ban of the rollkur in Germany, and a nationwide ban of animal torturing training methods.  It will be decided by the German prosecuting office whether further investigations are warranted to determine if the animal welfare laws have been violated.

We will have to wait to see how this turns out


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