WORK vs PERFORMANCE
Sir — It has become clear to me that the strength of the horse to work comes a poor second to winning classes for a short period of time. Few horses will compete at a high level, and for most people a sound horse to enjoy for years is the priority — with good dentition, feet, conformation and above all, temperament.
Naturally, there are many factors involved in keeping horses sound, but I feel that
some people are breeding from horses with conformation or personality disorders in the hopes of producing a star. Many of the “rejects” are too delicate either physically or mentally for a useful long-term life.
I appreciate that money rules at the top end of equestrian sport and performance is everything, but this is not the case for the majority of horse owners. Perhaps it is time to take a hard look at what is happening and where it is all leading.