Horse & Hound - - Letters -

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.

Joy Toomer

Con­gle­ton, Cheshire

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