Horse & Hound - - Letters -

Sir — Anna Ross de­serves a medal for her com­ment on the wel­fare of the sta­bled horse (opin­ion, 26 Oc­to­ber). Many mod­ern dis­ci­plines take horses and ponies “out of their nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment” and wel­fare-friendly horse man­age­ment is on the de­cline.

First-time own­ers imag­ine horses need to be kept in sta­bles and rugs all year. Ex­pe­ri­enced com­peti­tors, in their quest for suc­cess, ex­pect their horse to be sta­bled 24/7 with an hour’s ex­er­cise when con­ve­nient.

Some equine col­leges chas­ing at­ten­dance tar­gets refuse their stu­dent liv­ery horses win­ter turnout. How are stu­dents sup­posed to know what is right?

Equine wel­fare con­sis­tently fo­cuses on thin horses and in­deed their plight is piti­ful. But spare a thought for the com­pe­ti­tion horse who is de­nied the free­dom to be­have nat­u­rally and ex­pected to per­form at the push of a but­ton.

Sally Learoyd

Tre­saith, Cardi­gan

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