FIT NOT FAT

Horse & Hound - - Letters -

Sir — About 10 years ago, there was a cam­paign to get show horses “fit not fat”. At one of the cham­pi­onship events, there were reps from one of the feed sup­pli­ers car­ry­ing out con­di­tion scor­ing, and there was talk of judges mov­ing fat horses down the line.

This year I took my cob to Equifest, but was dis­gusted by how much weight some ponies at the top of the line were car­ry­ing. I had as­sumed the show­ing world had kept up its mo­men­tum for fit not fat horses, but when it com­ments on the weight of riders due to an­i­mal wel­fare con­cerns, surely the same ap­plies to horses.

If judges put fat ponies at the top of the line, own­ers will con­tinue to pro­duce them.

Becky Wain­wright

St Al­bans, Herts

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