CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Sir — I have been an instructor for 40 years and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s to be consistent.
It’s with this in mind that I appeal to the governing bodies to be consistent in their rules on welfare issues across all disciplines.
Therefore, if a tight noseband is bad for a dressage horse, it can’t be acceptable for a showjumper or show horse. The same goes for rollkur, weighted boots and crank nosebands. We need to take the lead from scientific evidence and decide what is acceptable for all horses’ wellbeing, whether they are international competitors or pleasure horses. Helen Sida-Page
BHS stage four senior coach Denton, Norfolk