So now it’s Danish dressage officials defending riders forcibly over-flexing their horses at the recent national championships. It doesn’t take a genius to look at the pictures posted by spectator Veronica Starstone Merlin and see that “aggressive force” is most certainly being used to crank these horses into these postures. Never mind that the FEI explicitly deemed this type of force “not acceptable” more than two years ago.
Call it rollkur, low/deep/round or anything else, it’s forcing a horse into a position isn’t good for him. Can I prove that? No. Do I know it to be true with every fiber of my being. Yes. Not sure? Read this for some sensible, knowledgeable information.
I’m just happy to see the issue continues to get coverage on the web and in social media. Bravo to Ms. Merlin and to Danish-based Epona.tv for calling it as they see it and to every other person and media outlet that speaks out against this awful excuse for training.
(Photo above courtesy Veronica Starstone Merlin)