DENIED THEIR FREEDOM
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.