Thursday, June 25, 2009

Twisted Truths, Horse Dressage

More and more, people are speaking out on the problems in modern dressage:

Gerd Heuschmann's book and DVD

and now Philippe Karl's book:

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Petitions Regarding Abusive Horse Equipment, Riding, and Training

The following are two separate petitions calling for changes in the showing rules:

Philippe Karl is sending a letter to the German FN please read the letter and sign if you agree. It is the only way things will change for these top horses who are made to jump through hoops by their owners:

Two Finger Rule:

Join us and help petition the F.E.I. that all dressage competitions should only be shown with the horse wearing a cavesson with two finger width between the horse's face and the cavesson, both in the show ring and in the warm up ring. This rule has been a standard for generations of horsemen and accepted as being the best for the horse. This rule/standard was so accepted around the world by every teacher and rider - that it was never even written down. Now we see training practices that include crank nosebands and rollkur. Training practices that are physically, emotionally and mentally detrimental to the horse. A return to this simple rule, that will be easy to teach and enforce, can make a huge difference for horses not only for those in the show ring but for all of the horses, whose riders and teachers use those horses in competition as their standard of correct training. Please sign today and share this with all equestrians that you know, and together perhaps we can make a difference.

Please feel free to forward this link.